Hindus: Is Hinduism mono or polytheistic

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  1. AFB

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    Wikipedia

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  2. Kishan

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    its polytheistic. Just don't go around to other Hindus and tell them, "Hey I know about your culture. You guys belive in more than 1 god, meaning you are polytheistic." I had this done throughout high school, and people think they are smart since they can read a 9th grade textbook. No offense OP, just a PSA:)
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  3. AFB

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    That's why I was asking "Hindus"
     
  4. MDE

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    Many gods = polytheistic. It's not that hard of a concept to grasp.
     
  5. AFB

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    So I guess I should rephrase the question.
     
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    Vishnu, Shiva, Kali... well, it isn't monotheistic.
     
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    My point was if they are all just different aspects, wouldn't that make Christianity polytheistic also because of the Holy Trinity?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity
     
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    My parents are Hindu but I never embraced my religion so I can't be entirely sure, but it is my belief that Hindus believe all the lower gods to be a representation of the one God.

    edit: technicality.
     
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    Christians believe in one God but also the son of that god and whatever the Holy Spirit is.
     
  10. Stark

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    hinuism has been around so long because it can absorb just about any other religious ideas it comes in contact with. if ideas about monotheism are introduced, it can become monotheistic.

    Because the ultimate goal has nothing to do with a god or gods (ie release from rebirth/existence = nirvana), they don't get hung up on the details.
     
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    Unlike Cathloism, Hinduism will not make you understand something, and set you by so many guidelines, even if they contradict each other.
     
  12. chiwawa626

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    Polytheistic = The worship of or belief in more than one god.

    Hinduism is monotheistic, Vishnu (preserver), Shiva (destroyer), and Brahma (creator) are actually manifestations of the same god. (Learned that in hindu school when i was younger).

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    http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=300780
     
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    what do you mean by embrace the religion. I don't follow in all traditions, but I believe in a basic faith. When it comes down to it, being a good person is following your religion, not just going to some BS mass, sacrament, whatever. Thats the things your family pushes on you for reasons they do not understand. Sorry this became somewhat of a rant.
     
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    Aka I'm an atheist.
    I didn't want to mention it in the thread because the simple word brings about flames but since you asked, there you go.
     
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    its both....
    We attach to God a form to visualize qualities, here's where polytheism is. But after a certain level you don't need the idol, you realize that God is all pervading, in everything around us. Since God created the universe, He is in it, it is his Essense. There is a deep philosophy to all of it. Monists say that there is no separation between God and ourselves, we just haven't completely realized it yet. In Hindu Monism, reality is an illusion, Maya, because reality is constantly changing so you shouldn't become attached to it. The dualists say yes there is, but I can become one with God. Most other Hindus from what I gather are Dualists.
     
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    It seems like I'm the only one who voted "not hindu : monotheistic."

    As far as I know, the deities are different qualities of the same "God", or Brahman, which is in all things. Think of it as a diamond with a light shining through it ... the different deities are all glints off the same source. Different yes, but the same.
     
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    nirvana is a buddhist term, its moksha that you're thinking about.

    and, God is separated into different forms for the qualities but there is still one God, according the the belief of nirgun-nirakar, which is formless.
     
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    I believe in humanism.
     
  20. AgaBoogaBoo

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    Depends how you see it

    I'm hindu and was taught we believe in many different forms of the same god
     
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    What's the difference between Krishna and Hinduism ?
     
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    Krishna is a avtar of the god vishnu. Hinduism is a religion. ... people who usualy ask questions like that have a followup, and here is the answer to it: Ghandi was a person not a god or the name of an ethnicity/race.
     
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    i thought that all those gods were manifestations of the same, one god. therefore i voted monotheistic.
     
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    Mono, alot of Hindus have it wrong also. All the "gods" are just different manifestations of the same god
     
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