| Hindu dharma
accepts the existence of several Gods or deities, it accepts only one God, the Supreme.
Brahma, Vishnu and Siva. are not three independent and separate deities, but
three different aspects of the same Supreme God, while engaged in the processes of
creation, sustenance and destruction of the universe, in that order. It is similar to the
role played by the same person as the father at home, as the boss in the office and as a
customer in a shop. Other deities also should be considered in the same light, as
different aspects of the Supreme God, manifesting themselves for specific purposes.
The powers of these deities which are inseparable from them -
just as the power of fire to burn cannot be separated from fire itself. This power
is conceived in the form of their consorts, Sarasvati, Parvati (or
Sakti) and Lakshmi.
This is not to say that these deities are imaginary creations.
All of them, without exception, are different modes and aspects of Paramatman, the Supreme
Self or God.
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