is there only one god?

hare krishna.please explain me there only one god is present?.or is shiva vishnu shakthi all are different?.if there is only one god why he takes different forms like subramanya ganesha and the demigod and supreme god is more thing i want to ask is why he takes birth again and again.please help me on these doubts.thanx alot.hare krishna

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  • Hare Krishna,

    Tell me prabhu you have one body or many bodies??

    How can you alone act as son to one, husband to another, brother to some other? , boss to some, servant to some??

    But you are only one right?

    How are u acting in so many different ways?

    Similarly God is only one.. 

    But he appears in many forms to deal with people's desires..

    for some HE appears as laxmi devi.. to give them wealth

    for some HE appears as brahma as creator

    for some HE appears as Rudra the destroyer.

    For some He appears as Shakti or prakruti. 

    There is only one sun.. but if a Christian , Muslim and a Hindu , as shivite, vaishanavite, shaktite hold mirrors.. and focus on the Sun. The same Sun apprears  as a reflection in each  of their mirrors..

    Now it is the perception that matters.. You want to See HIM AS ONE IN ALL or ALL IN ONE.

    Lord takes up different forms and these all work in accordance and take orders from the Supreme Personality of the Godhead..

    Let us say one more example...

    Your hand, you leg, your fingers and toes.. are they all doing the same function??

    your legs help you walk.. fingers to work... mouth to talk , ears to hear...?? RIGHT???

    but they are all belonging to you>>?? R THEY NOT??

    BUt all are working in order according to the directions given by the Brain or u r mind.?? Do theY??

    Can the mind or the brain do all these functions? No it is the boss .. RIGHT??

    Similarly Lord.. Supreme LORD SRI KRISHNA IS THE BOSS every other part in HIS Body is working according to the instructions given by the BOSS ...

    IF they don't work in accordance to the Instructions of the Boss they fall down.  like say... ur hand no longer functions acts accoding to the orders of the mind means what you say??  YOU SAY HIS HAND GOT PARALYZED.

    Similarly ALL the departments ( LIKE FINANCE, STUDIES, CREATION, DESTRUCTION, MAINTAINENCE, etc..) are directly working for Sri Krishna and taking orders from HIM to maintain a balance..

    You are free to believe in anything..... you can say Siva is supreme lord or brahma is great or Indra is great.. But One thing I know is..

    Chapter 10, Verse 21

    Of the Adityas I am Visnu, of lights I am the radiant sun, I am Marici of the Maruts, and among the stars I am the moon.

    Chapter 10, Verse 22

    Of the Vedas I am the Sama-veda; of the demigods I am Indra; of the senses I am the mind, and in living beings I am the living force [knowledge].

    Chapter 10, Verse 23

    Of all the Rudras I am Lord Siva; of the Yaksas and Raksasas I am the lord of wealth [Kuvera]; of the Vasus I am fire [Agni], and of the mountains I am Meru.

    Chapter 10, Verse 24

    Of priests, O Arjuna, know Me to be the chief, Brhaspati, the lord of devotion. Of generals I am Skanda, the lord of war; and of bodies of water I am the ocean.

    Chapter 10, Verse 25

    Of the great sages I am Bhrgu; of vibrations I am the transcendental om. Of sacrifices I am the chanting of the holy names [japa], and of immovable things I am the Himalayas.

    Chapter 10, Verse 26

    Of all trees I am the holy fig tree, and amongst sages and demigods I am Narada. Of the singers of the gods [Gandharvas] I am Citraratha, and among perfected beings I am the sage Kapila.

    Chapter 10, Verse 27

    Of horses know Me to be Uccaihsrava, who rose out of the ocean, born of the elixir of immortality; of lordly elephants I am Airavata, and among men I am the monarch.

    Chapter 10, Verse 28

    Of weapons I am the thunderbolt; among cows I am the surabhi, givers of abundant milk. Of procreators I am Kandarpa, the god of love, and of serpents I am Vasuki, the chief.

    Chapter 10, Verse 29

    Of the celestial Naga snakes I am Ananta; of the aquatic deities I am Varuna. Of departed ancestors I am Aryama, and among the dispensers of law I am Yama, lord of death.

    Chapter 10, Verse 30

    Among the Daitya demons I am the devoted Prahlada; among subduers I am time; among the beasts I am the lion, and among birds I am Garuda, the feathered carrier of Visnu.

    Chapter 10, Verse 31

    Of purifiers I am the wind; of the wielders of weapons I am Rama; of fishes I am the shark, and of flowing rivers I am the Ganges.

    Chapter 10, Verse 32

    Of all creations I am the beginning and the end and also the middle, O Arjuna. Of all sciences I am the spiritual science of the Self, and among logicians I am the conclusive truth.

    Chapter 10, Verse 33

    Of letters I am the letter A, and among compounds I am the dual word. I am also inexhaustable time, and of creators I am Brahma, whose manifold faces turn everywhere.

    I believe in the words spoken by Lord. He said.. He is only Shiva, He is only Indra, He is only Brahma, He is only Yama.

    He is only SUn. He is only the Moon,

    Is this not simply mean.. He is one acting in many ways????????

    Just like you acting at the same time as SON, BROTHER, HUSBAND... many more characters in your own life?

    Hare Krishna.

    Bhagavad Gita As It Is, 10.21: The Opulence of the Absolute, Text 21.
    Of the Adityas I am Visnu, of lights I am the radiant sun, I am Marici of the Maruts, and among the stars I am the moon.
  • E-Counselor

    Hare Krsna prabhuji,


    There is only ONE God - Krsna. He takes different forms and appears in this world as per time place circumstances. He doesn't take birth - He is unborn.

    Ganesh, Durga, Saraswati are all demigods, taken up different departments to assist God in running the world.

    I am sure your doubts will not get clear with my single statement replies. Keep asking 1 question at a time, and reading and chanting. The truth will be revealed to you.


    Your servant,

    Radha Rasamayi DD

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