Why Does the One God Have Many Names?

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Why Does the One God Have Many Names?

Postby backtohome » Sun Jun 06, 2010 5:12 pm

Questions: Why Does the One God Have Many Names?

All religions teach there is one and only one God. However, in Hindu religion people worship different gods and chant different names of God. Even Lord Krishna has thousands of names and different forms. And the ISKCON devotees teach us to chant Hare Krishna, which consists of more than one name of Lord Krishna. Why is it so?

Rohan


Answer: Why God Can't Have Many Names?

It's a fact that there is only one Supreme Being. There must be only one, because if He is not one without a second, He cannot be the Supreme Being. The Hindus are known for worshipping many gods, but these gods are not the Supreme Being. They are subordinate servants of the Supreme Being who assist Him in in His management of the universal affairs. Amongst the Hindus those who are well versed in the scriptures only worship the Supreme Lord. They do not worship the many different subordinate gods.

The Supreme Being is known by different names. That's a fact. If even an ordinary man of this world can be addressed by different names according to his different relationships, the Supreme Being certainly can also be addressed by different names according to His different qualities and different relationships. When we address Him as Krishna we are referring to Him as the All-Attractive One, and when we address Him as Rama, we are referring to Him as the Supreme Enjoyer.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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