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God Invisible or in Waves?

Hinduism and Islam express the idea of God in vastly differing ways. Islam does not want to restrict or delimit God and make a false representation. Hence, God is not to be depicted, and Muslims also do not want to idolize Muhammad by his depiction.

Hinduism is about as different from that as you might get. Hindus think the divine – Brahman – is like an ocean; vast, limitless. Each wave that comes and crashes upon the shore may be like a single representation of God in Hinduism: Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver, Shiva the Destroyer, Durga the Demon Slayer, and Kali the fearsome mother Goddess; or Sarasvati who presides over light and learning. For Hindus, God is one, but has inexhaustible expressions. Waves with no end in sight.

Whether you like the Hindu or the Muslim way, I will leave to you to decide. But looking out, one might see that the world’s religions yearn for a connection to the divine, but simply express it very differently. Which one is best? That is a tempting but may be misleading question. Perhaps it is best that religion brings out the best in us, rather than us clearly stating which is best.


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