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Ramana Maharshi answers why are so many gods in hinduism
« on: February 21, 2010, 05:01:08 PM »
D - Devotee
M- Ramana Maharshi

D.: I come from God. Isn’t God distinct from me?

B.: Who asks this question? God does not. You do. So find who you are and then you may find out whether God is distinct from you.

D.: But God is perfect and I am imperfect. How can I ever know Him fully?

B.: God does not say so. It is you who ask the question.After finding out who you are, you may know what God is.

D.: But you have found your Self. Please let us know if God is distinct from you.

D.: Why are so many gods mentioned?

B.: The body is only one, but how many functions are performed by it! The source of all these functions is one. It is the same with the gods.

D.: But you are addressing God. You are specifying this Arunachala Hill as God.

B.: You can identify the Self with the body, so why shouldn’t the devotees identify the Self with Arunachala?

D.: If Arunachala is the Self, why should it be specifically picked out among so many other hills? God is everywhere. Why do you specify Him as Arunachala?

B.: What has attracted you from Allahabad to this place? What has attracted all these people around?

D.: Sri Bhagavan.

B.: How was I attracted here? By Arunachala. The Power cannot be denied. Again Arunachala is within and not without. The Self is Arunachala.

Source: The Teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi in His Own Words book


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Re: Ramana Maharshi answers why are so many gods in hinduism
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2010, 10:40:07 AM »
All gods lead you to formless Brahman.  All roads lead to Tiruvannamalai.
But do not keep changing the God.  It will be like travelling on each]
road for some time.  You will never reach Tiruvannamalai. As SRK
said, "Make a deep pit in one place.  Do not make pits in differerent
palces.  You will never make a well, to drink water."
Arunachala Siva.