How Saivism views Krishna

A cyberspace devotee wants to know how Saivism views Krishna. Gurudeva says that Lord Krishna is looked at as one of the hundreds of thousands of Gods and that in traditional Saivism Lord Ganesha, Lord Muruga and Lord Siva is worshipped.

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Cyberspace cadet Daliah, in Madison, Wisconsin, wonders how Saiva Siddhanta or Saivism, looks at Lord Krishna and also, Vishnu.

In Saiva Siddhanta, or South Indian Saivism, Siva is the Creator Brahma, the Preserver Vishnu and the Absorber or Destroyer Rudra. Lord Krishna is looked at one of the hundreds of thousands of Gods. In traditional Saivism, Lord Ganesa is worshipped, Lord Murugan is worshipped and Lord Siva.

There are four major denominations within modern Hinduism - Saivism, Shaktism, Vaishnavism and Smartism. Saivism is the oldest.

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I've experienced reincarnation without losing my identity. I experience my identity that goes through the string of beads. And I never became the bead totally. Many people experience reincarnation asone bead and then another bead and then another bead. I experience it as a thread.
—Gurudeva