Hinduism and Tribal Religions

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God, Overview

  • Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1036-5_390-1

Introduction

Westerners have a misconception about Hinduism that they worship 330 million gods [ 1, 4]. For that, many ignorant Hindus give a justification that actually we have one God (with capital “G”), and 330 million representations of the same God, for which we orthographically use gods (with small “g”); however, we see one “God” in each and every particle of this universe, i.e., in space and time, animals, minerals, trees, mountains, and geometrical patterns. Dwivedi, in his poem, “My God” succinctly expresses this Hindu conception/misconception:

“My God is just an idea.

He takes His birth from my language,

When I speak He becomes a sound,

And like an atom He flows in my ears.

His light makes me see things around,

And his presence I feel everywhere.

He is my truth, my culture.

Sometimes He makes my language hyperbolic.

He is simply fantastic.

He is sea, earth, and fire,

A demon, animal and human.

He is in my thoughts, beliefs, and feelings.

He is like love, irrational,

Yet...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Humanities & Social Sciences – Languages & LiteratureShri Mata Vaishno Devi UniversityKatraIndia