Monday, January 21, 2008

On Monotheism in Hinduism: A Surprise to Some

Aggie Catholic attended an Interfaith Dialogue Club that included representatives from the following religious communities: Baha'i, Hindu, Jewish, Unitarian, Buddhist and Islamic. -gw

All in all, it was a good experience. I learned some things about the other faiths I didn't know (did you know Hindu's consider themselves monotheistic?).
All the Hindu scriptures (The Vedas, Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita) ultimately stress the one-ness of God and describe God as the Eternal Truth that is birthless, ageless, and omnipresent. Many scholars interpret the verses as either Monotheistic and Pantheistic or a combination of both.

The Rig Veda, the first book of the four Vedas at more than 3500 years old, contains evidence for monotheistic thought. Often quoted ...

"There is one truth, though the sages know them by many names", Rigveda 1.164.46
Brahman is eternal, above ignorance and knowledge. He is the One who rules over the root causes and the primal forms of all things... He is the Lord who created the lords of creation (Yatis), the supreme Soul who rules over all.

Even as the radiance of the sun sheds light in all regions, so does that glorious Lord, single and adored rule over all His creation... He is the One, the only God, who rules over the whole universe (2)

Similarly, Baha'u'llah teaches that the Essence of Brahman or God cannot be known by man. Any ideas that mankind may have of Brahman must always be the creations of man's limited mind. Brahman as Absolute Reality is unlimited and infinite. Therefore any ideas that human minds may form cannot be a complete description of Brahman/God. They are only partial descriptions which emerge from limited capacity of men's minds.

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