How can the God be in plural forms instead of a single person?
Actual Question from a devotee (Name hidden):
Dear Sir, I have a couple of questions:
-Can God be in plural forms? (Isn’t it so that there is only one God and not Gods?) So isn’t it so that God can never be in plural forms? Otherwise you are contradicting yourself? There is only one Great personality, not multiple?
-If you say that God can be in plural form (like you probably think Lord Siva, Lord Brahma, Indra, Candra, Surya, Agni etc are on equal level), isn’t it a great aparadha to think that there are “Gods” and thus you equal them to Krishna?
-Isn’t it an aparadha, to propagate oneself a Vaisnava while at the same time the same person says that anyone can worship any “God” he/she likes?
-Should such a person misuse Vaisnava literature to promote “Hinduism”?
Thanks in advance Sir.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead Krishna is called the GOD. God means Krishna.
Krishna Bakthi is the topmost level of devotion one can follow. There is nothing beyond that.
There can be only one president for a country. There may be Vice President, but, not two presidents.
Similarly, Krishna is the topmost authority.
However, Krishna has created a vast number of planets, stars, etc. They have to be administered.
He entrusts every planet/ star to the demigods.
Since the demigods are entrusted to manage the affairs of a certain planet, the people of that planet naturally develops some affinity towards those demigods.
Some people, out of their affinity towards demigods, write glorifying the demigods. In some places, the tone goes to the level that equals the demigods with Krishna.
This is offensive.
The chairman or president can not be two persons. So, the topmost personality can not be two or many.
However, we should note that every person has the different combination of the domination of their gunas.
Some may be dominated with the rajo guna. They naturally have the affinity on Brahma deva or aggressive forms of demigods.
Some may be dominated with the thamo guna. They naturally worship Lord Shiva, His sons Ganapati and Karthikeya, wife Parvati, etc.
Some others may be dominated with the Satva Guna. They naturally worship Krishna, His extensions Vishnu, Narayana, etc..
Therefore, our dharma has identified many administrators who are working under Krishna. Krishna is the source for all these demigods.
All of them including Yama, Brahma deva, Indira, etc are demigods administering different departments of the creations of Krishna.
Therefore, they too are known as the vaishnavas since they too are serving the Lord.
Though we have accepted Krishna as our Supreme Lord, we give respect to all the demigods also because they are serving Krishna. This does not mean that they are equal to Krishna.
Krishna is the creator and also topmost administrator. Others are serving Him.
However, out of their love on their respective demi gods, they write/ speak about them making them equal to Krishna. We need not bother about these things.
Because they feel worshiping those demigods is suitable for their domination of rajo or thamo gunas. Those who are dominated with Satva guna naturally favours worshiping Krishna.
Let us spread the glories of Krishna since we are dominated with satva guna. He will take care of other things.
Everyone is trying to glorify the demigod he is worshiping.
The president of a country may be the topmost authority. But, when a minister comes to his constituency, he is surrounded by thousands of his followers.
Does this mean they are bypassing the president?
So, we need not think that there are many gods.
God is Krishna and He has appointed many demigods as the administrators. Simple.
That’s all. No more reasons for the existence and worship of the demigods.
God is not plural. But, His arrangements are plural.
So, nothing wrong in glorifying the demigods since we always believe that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the demigods are His servants.
Krishna will be happy if the vaishnavas are glorified. Isn’t it?
Hope you are clear now.