Why In India many gods are worshiped contrary to other countries?
Actual Question from a new comer from USA for our site:
“Sir, I am from United States working as a software engineer in ……………… I have some Indian friends in my company. I was arguing with them about many gods in India saying that the God cant be many. One of the friends gave me the link of your site. I got many details about Krishna in your site. Your way of explaining the concepts is outstanding. Still, I need a clear explanation about many god system followed in India. Can you spare your time to explain me? Thanks in advance.
This is the head-breaking question that many devotees have. Even the atheists ask this question to the Indian god believers. Therefore, I understand the need for explaining this matter with suitable examples that can be understood even by a layman.
First, let me explain the administration of material businesses. There are many types of companies and businesses.
(1) PROPRIETORY BUSINESS:
These businesses are started by a single person and managed by himself. It usually will be a small set up. If required, they may appoint some staff. The decision of the proprietor is final and binding.
(2) PARTNERSHIP FIRMS:
Two or many partners start these businesses jointly. All the partners take part in administration or some partners will be working partners and others will be idle partners. The decisions are taken by all the partners after discussion.
(3) INCORPORATED PRIVATE & PUBLIC LIMITED COMPANIES:
These companies have no full liability to the investors if the company fails to make profits. But, the above two – proprietary and partnership businesses have full liability to repay the investments. Here, in companies, there are shareholders instead of partners. All the shareholders are the part of the company and it is managed by a board of directors. The Managing director (M.D) takes decisions after discussions with the directors’ board.
(4) CORPORATE COMPANIES:
These companies are also Incorporated Public limited companies, but, they have a vast administrative set up. They usually have Pan country Set up and/or have activities in countries all over the world. These corporate companies have so many levels of administration. They have M.D, CEO, Chairman, etc.
Why I have given this much of details about different business patterns?
If there are 4-5 types of business models and a few thousands employees EVEN FOR THE ADMINISTRATION HAVING SOME CRORES OF TURN OVER AND JUST A FEW OFFICES, imagine how many employees and administrators are required to administer the ADMINISTRATION OF THE ENTIRE CREATIONS.
This ADMINISTRATION OF THE CREATIONS is not just a small set up. Even the No-1 company in this world will be just an insignificant fraction in the size of this ADMINISTRATION OF THE CREATIONS. Its administration is unimaginable. It has innumerable number of STARS. In every star, there are innumerable planets around it.
For example, our Sun is also a star that has many PLANETS or WORLDS (BRANCHES) around it. Similarly, there are innumerable suns. In many planets, there are living beings as per the scriptures. Thus, administration is required everywhere.
Regional managers and other managers and staff are there for administering the material planets. Therefore, so many branch managers are required to manage every world.
Therefore, there are so many ADMINISTRATORS that are discussed in the SANATHANA DHARMA (or) INDIAN CULTURE because, this Sanathana dharma is the absolute dharma that has deep roots in explaining the secrets of creations. The scriptures of India have excellently explained the creations.
Even thousands of years ago, Indian rishis calculated the exact time of the eclipses, thithis like Amavaasya, Ekadasi, etc. They divided the solar system as 12 RASIS and then subdivided them into 27 stars (Nakshatras) and further subdivided them as PADHA (First Pada, Second Pada, etc).
Those rishis were able to explain the effects of the rays from every planet causing different effects in the mind and life of every individual and thus, calculate the past, present and future based on those planets.
Such an unimaginable administration is there in the creations. The rishis spoke of many worlds/ stars even when they had no telescopes, rockets, satellites, communication facilities, etc.
They received the knowledge through divine blessings from God and passed them to future generations through Guru-disciple system.
They,based on their divine sources, concluded that Krishna is the FOUNDER and CHAIRMAN OF THIS VAST ADMINISTRATION OF CREATIONS and called Him as THE TOPMOST AUTHORITY.
To administer every star and the related planetary system, Krishna has appointed many administrators. The whole material worlds & creations are administered by Mayadevi or Durga devi, who is the external potency of Lord. The whole Spiritual worlds & creations are administered by Radharani, who is the internal potency of Lord.
Within the entire material creations, every material world has DEMIGODS to administer.
It also has crores of demigods as employees taking some roles. Sri Vayu deva takes care of wind, Sri Agni deva takes care of fire, Sri Varuna deva takes care of rain and Sri Karthikeya, the son of Lord Shiva, takes care of the military of devas.
Among all the demigods, why do we worship only a few? Because, among all the demigods, only a few demigods have direct contacts with our planet – earth. For example, Lord Shiva, Ganesha, Karthikeya, Durga devi or Kali, Kuber, Navagrahas, Sun God, Vayu deva, Varuna deva, Agnideva, etc are all directly connected with earth and they have visited here many times and hence their activities have been recorded in Puranas dedicated to everyone of them.
As we know, the activities and glories of the Founder chairman Krishna and all His avatars have also been recorded in the Puranas because Krishna also has mercifully visited earth and other planets many times.
When we enter into a company, we first meet the receptionist and then other staff and even the Chairman. Though our purpose is to meet the chairman, we also give respects and wishes to the receptionist and other staff. If we disrespect the receptionist or any other employee, the chairman will get pained with our action.
That is why, we are worshiping Krishna and also respect some of the administrators/ employees of these creations. What is wrong in it? It means, we are deep in knowledge about the creations and hence we have many demigods to show our respects. Thats all.
Therefore, feel proud to have Chairman Krishna as the Topmost authority and many demigods as administrators and employees. We are respecting them by showing our offerings to them.
If a person needs to take driving license, he shows his respect to the Regional Transport Officer. If one needs to register his house, he respects the Registrar of properties. Similarly, the people respect a particular demigod based on his needs.
Though an employee issues driving license for us, it can not be issued without the signature of the Regional Transport Officer. Similarly, though we get many benefits from the demigods, they offer them with the approval of Krishna. This is what we said in India through literatures like Bhagavad Gita.
Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that all that the demigods give are given by Him. This is the important point we should keep in mind while approaching the demigods.
How wise the Indian rishis are! In fact, we should glorify them for the knowledge they have shared with all of us.
This is the glory of India’s ocean of spiritual knowledge.
Hope you are very clear now with the above well simplified explanation and examples. I also appreciate your interest in knowing about Indian culture that itself is the mercy of Lord Krishna to elevate you.
All the best.