The hand with the weapon -warrior with the book- scholar with a flower- respect for nature with a begging bowl at times- all comes from god. One hand the right hand- giving blessing One hand may have - a musical instrument
The heads symbolize knowledge. Ravana with his ten heads was a Shiva bakt who had done a lot of penance ad gained a lot of knowledge and powers, that is why they show him with ten heads.
Semi nude Jesus nailed on a cross.... does that mean he was a criminal who was punished in full public view?? You ask Mr. Brown and I'm sure he will tell you something about this.
These are all mythological stories, good prevails over evil.
Moreover, Hindu Gods are rich n powerfull Gods unlike Jesus(depicted as poor and weak). And so, you can see see them with many hands(which symbolises power). All that have some significance to the mythological stories related to those dieties.
Although Jesus was reborn after a few days, but who will believe that now... Well, you can actually ask his great great grandchildren. They may shed some light on that great MYTH...
Paraglide,r The Hindu goddess shown is known as Saraswati who is the Goddess of Knowledge, Music and Art.
In her four hands, she is shown holding:-
1) A Book - This book is the sacred Vedas which represents the universal, divine, eternal and true knowledge as well as her perfection of the sciences and the scriptures. (In one of your posts, it is referred to as "ciggies")
2) A mālā (rosary) of crystals, representing the power of meditation and spirituality.
3) A pot of sacred water, representing creative and purification powers.
4) The vina, a musical instrument that represents her perfection of all arts and sciences. Saraswati is also associated with anurāga, the love for and rhythm of music which represents all emotions and feelings expressed in speech or music.
The four arms she has represents the four aspects of human personality, which are mind, intellect, alertness and ego.
No Shiva Ganesha father chopped his head off. Ganesha was guarding Parvati who was having a bath and didn't recognize Shiva who had left for his journey before his birth. Ganesha refused to let Shiva pass and so Shiva copped his head off in anger.He has to find the first living thing and he found the elephant and so took his head off and replaced it on Ganesha's.
That doesn't necessarily mean they should always be posing the same way in images and sculptures.
And, have you heard of goats and roosters being killed for them with a lame justification 'sacrifice'...? It's justified that way because those gods are designed(yes, by humans) to look scary as if they ask for blood and flesh.
Destruction is a part of life, creation requires destruction.
The god destroy what is evil. The prophets Krishna ,Rama, Muhammad , Guru Nanak etc wielded the sword (weapon),had to fight. Then one should know how to defend himself or herself in life or be so strong that he can also protect the weak.
Hindu gods carry weapons in hands - this is mere imagination. In accordance with the advanced Hindu philosophy known as vedanta, there is only one God in the Universe as Paramatma(Supersoul) which has no shape (rupa)or character(Gunas)whatsoever.It means it is above all characters(Gunathetha).All shapes are given by the devotees as per their wish and qualities.In whatever form one pray him, he will fullfill his desire accordingly. The weapons are imaginatory as the devottes seeks protection from the God in that form and nature.In fact all these devotions are secondary.The real spirituality is different which is to see the God.One cannot see God with his material eyes but he can seen transcendentally.So search and find out the secret which is within us. S.S.YOGI
There is of course the theory that the gods were ancient astronauts - and not only the hindu gods. The ancient astronaut theory (http://www.world-mysteries.com/aa_1.htm#Introduction) considers religious literature too incredibile to be taken metaphorically and offers a more physical explanation. Their explanation is pretty mind-boggling but once you look at some of the evidence they present it certainly makes you think...
iam surprised, why hindus worship humans like themselves. Why dont they worship a God.
They say that God is one but if anybody did their work than they say u r my God( sorry i dont know the real name of it). If he's she is thier God than wat abt the real God, how many Gods are there?
wat I think that the names which they r taking as their Gods, maybe were prophets,cuz hindus also belive that thier is heaven and hell we also, they camed to show the right path but the poeple produces changes in the books. And make them God.
Well, nowadays hundreds of million hindus are leaving their faith and turning to other religion, Islam.
The story goes that Sita threw herself in the fire of Agni because Rama, her husband, did not believe she was faithful to him when the great demon Rakashasa abducted her. Her act was to prove her piousness and as such Sita is the role model for all Indian women.
It has been practice in India for women to throw themselves on their husband's pyre and burn with them, but as far as I recall, this has been a choice. Unfortunately however, until Gandhi came along, widows were indeed considered untouchables.
In Hinduism, there is only one God, Brahama, all others are his avatars to illustrate the many faces of God. But they are all manifestations of the same one God.
As far as "worshipping humans" I think you misunderstand the sanskrit phrase Tat Tvam Asi - Thou Art That -> it is a reminder to Hindu's that they are all, avatars and God included, of one consciousness.
first of all.... Everything in hinduism is symbolic.... the way the gods are depicted.... the reason for the existence of many gods.....
let me explain one by one.... GANESHA's vehicle.. MOUSE... Here is an article about that..... The little mouse whom Ganesha is supposed to ride upon is another enigmatic feature in his iconography. At a first glance it seems strange that the lord of wisdom has been granted a humble obsequious mouse quite incapable of lifting the bulging belly and massive head that he possesses. But it implies that wisdom is an attribute of ugly conglomeration of factors and further that the wise do not find anything in the world disproportionate or ugly.
The mouse is, in every respect, comparable to the intellect. It is able to slip unobserved or without our knowledge into places which we would have not thought it possible to penetrate. In doing this it is hardly concerned whether it is seeking virtue or vice. The mouse thus represents our wandering, wayward mind, lured to undesirable or corrupting grounds. By showing the mouse paying subservience to Lord Ganesha it is implied that the intellect has been tamed through Ganesha's power of discrimination.
You righties could have helped end the war in Iraq but you chose instead to vote Bush, the war criminal, to a second term. But now we find out that curveball lied, and is proud of it. And we find out that the CIA knew...