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Hindu understanding of God. Brahman Hindus believe in one Supreme Force, Universal Soul or Spirit, called Brahman. Hindus believe in one Supreme Force,

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1 Hindu understanding of God

2 Brahman Hindus believe in one Supreme Force, Universal Soul or Spirit, called Brahman. Hindus believe in one Supreme Force, Universal Soul or Spirit, called Brahman. Brahman is the unity behind the diversity of the world Brahman is the unity behind the diversity of the world Brahman has no shape or form and is limitless Brahman has no shape or form and is limitless

3 Atman = Your Soul Man IS the soul (not has a soul) Man IS the soul (not has a soul) Your soul, atman, is the unchanging essence that is YOU Your soul, atman, is the unchanging essence that is YOU Atman is a form of God, Brahman Atman is a form of God, Brahman As long as you continue to believe your soul is separate, you will be reborn As long as you continue to believe your soul is separate, you will be reborn

4 Om Om Brahman is incomprehensible; so a symbol becomes mandatory to help realize the Unknowable Brahman is incomprehensible; so a symbol becomes mandatory to help realize the Unknowable The symbol is a sacred syllable representing the impersonal Absolute. The symbol is a sacred syllable representing the impersonal Absolute. The sacred symbol is often found at the head of letters, papers and so on. Many Hindus, as an expression of spiritual perfection, wear the sign of Om as a pendant. The sacred symbol is often found at the head of letters, papers and so on. Many Hindus, as an expression of spiritual perfection, wear the sign of Om as a pendant.

5 Trimurti Trinity Trimurti Trinity There are three main ways in which God may be understood: There are three main ways in which God may be understood: Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva They are different representations in god-form of the They are different representations in god-form of the ultimate reality -Brahman.

6 The Trimurti

7 Brahma Brahma, the Creator; they believe he created the universe. Brahma, the Creator; they believe he created the universe. Brahma is not worshipped much today. Brahma is not worshipped much today. Note: Brahman is the ultimate reality and Brahma is the creator – part of the trinity. Note: Brahman is the ultimate reality and Brahma is the creator – part of the trinity.

8 Brahma Brahma Traditionally depicted with four heads, four faces and four arms Traditionally depicted with four heads, four faces and four arms Four hands represent four cardinal directions. Four hands represent four cardinal directions. The back right hand represents mind, the back left hand, the intellect; the front right hand represents, ego, the front left hand, self confidence The back right hand represents mind, the back left hand, the intellect; the front right hand represents, ego, the front left hand, self confidence

9 Vishnu Vishnu helps preserve the Universe and People Vishnu helps preserve the Universe and People Vishnu is the Preserver of the Balance of Good and Evil. Vishnu is the Preserver of the Balance of Good and Evil. Vishnu helped Save his followers by appearing on Earth through his nine Avatars (appearance in bodily form.) Vishnu helped Save his followers by appearing on Earth through his nine Avatars (appearance in bodily form.)

10 The two most popular avatars are Rama and Krishna. The two most popular avatars are Rama and Krishna. The Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is the Ninth avatar. The Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, is the Ninth avatar. The Tenth avatar is still to come. He will arrive to destroy the world and build a new one. The Tenth avatar is still to come. He will arrive to destroy the world and build a new one.

11 Vishnu Lotus- beauty and purity Four arms-four corners of the world

12 Avatars Incarnations of Vishnu. Incarnations of Vishnu. krishna Rama

13 Shiva (Siva) Shiva is the Destroyer god that destroys the universe. Shiva is the Destroyer god that destroys the universe. Hindus believe that Shiva is the source of good and evil. Hindus believe that Shiva is the source of good and evil.

14 Shiva Shiva Shiva has a Trident in the right lower arm, with a crescent moon on his head Shiva has a Trident in the right lower arm, with a crescent moon on his head His wearing of serpents on the neck denotes wisdom and eternity. His wearing of serpents on the neck denotes wisdom and eternity.


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