In Hinduism, followers believe in many Gods and Goddesses. But, at the same time, they also believe in one Supreme Almighty who is called many names such as Paramatma, Parameshwar, Parampita and so on. In the Vedas, he is known as Brahma, the infinite, Supreme God.
Though it is not clearly stated, the idea of one supreme God supersedes all teachings and methods of worship. It is the main feature of Shaivism and Vaishnavism. Both sects believe in one God who assumes different roles and forms for the sake of creation.
It is interesting to note that Hinduism is a monotheistic faith which acknowledges polytheism as reflective of the diversity in God’s creation. God is not far away, living in a remote heaven calling all the shots, but inside each and every soul. In the heart and consciousness, only waiting to be discovered. The ultimate goal of Hinduism is to find this God and know understand him in this experiential manner.
Hinduism is one religion, which does not have a written script to approach God. It encourages one to approach God in one’s own way, and not just conform to one. It allows for the believers to choose and pray to their own conceptualization of the almighty, whatever that maybe. It is ultimately a singular omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient Almighty who demands no allegiance, punishes no one and yet provides the wisdom, comfort and freedom for those who seek it. In Sanskrit, this concept is highlighted by “tattvasmasi” which can be translated to “You are that” or “That you are.”
Hence, the Brahma of Hinduism represents the highest principle which the human mind can conceive of. Ultimately, he is not the God of just one or few world but represents the entire known and unknown universe. He is present in all of our souls, it is only time that we found him. If you want to be able to channelize God and it’s many forms, you should definitely visit Kumbh Mela this year at Allahabad. The gathering of the many followers of Hinduism, and it’s saints will be a stepping stone toward your spiritual journey.