Understanding the Gods

A cyberspace devotee wants to know if he has a preference for Lord Siva will the other Gods get jealous. Gurudeva says that such concepts of Gods getting jealous are often brought forth in puranic stories and are not true. He encourages this cyberspace devotee to read the Master Course trilogy of Dancing with Siva, Living with Siva and Merging with Siva to get a clear understanding of Sanatana Dharma.

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A cyberspace devotee, Arun in Colorado in the United States. He has read that God contacts the devotee. He is very fond of Siva, and is wondering though, if he worships other Gods, will they be jealous of one another?

You have chosen supreme God Siva, who pervades the Universe and is most strongly felt in a Siva temple. Just as the sun shines equally everywhere, but take a magnify glass and you can concentrate that energy and start a fire.

Contact with any of the Gods, including Siva, works both ways. You contact the God, the God contacts you. It is just like with people. One contacts another when one wants to.

You have to discriminate however, what you read because often you read puranic stories, that implicate the Gods as asuras or demons. It is the asuras and demons that become jealous and angry and do all kinds of mischievous retaliations.

Years ago, we went through our libraries, took out all the puranic stories that implicated the Gods in a wrong way and threw them in our garbage can.

We suggest you begin the Master Course - 'Dancing with Siva', 'Living with Siva' and 'Merging with Siva'. A 365-day study, year after year after year. You will get a proper perspective of Sanatana Dharma in a contemporary way.

The central tenet of Sanatana Dharma is ahimsa - non hurtfulness, physical, mentally or emotionally. That is what the Gods are trying to create among humans, who call themselves Hindus.