Hinduism sees God as One infinite power. That power issues forth in countless forms just like a flame emits countless sparks. Many of God’s forms take on human attributes while others appear in any form we can envision.
The explanation that Hindus believe in One God with many names is true, but God is beyond names and forms. God materializes as any aspect of the universe, or of multiverses. God is everything, though everything is not God.
The world is perpetually changing and moving, subject to the forces of creation, destruction and regeneration. God is immutable, eternal, untouched by the dimensions that limit the cosmos. God is beyond time and is time itself.
In other words, in the universe only God is not illusory. Only God is real and God is the only reality. Philosophers like to debate the question of whether God created man or man created God. Religions consider God man’s Creator whereas science suggests that the natural course of evolution created humanity. But the debate dissolves if we consider God the cause of evolution. Hindus view God as “That” which existed before the universe began and will exist after the universe ends.
Hinduism perceives God as the only reality that is not forever in a state of flux. From this perspective, God is the only truth. The Hindu view that reality is illusory and unreal because it is impermanent has fascinating implications. If the tangible world is unreal, the world of our ideas, thoughts, and imaginations is no more unreal—or less real—than the world we can see and touch.
These worlds must be of equal magnitude. Thus, ideas about multiverses as well as multiverses themselves can be real. Collective or individual concepts of godlike beings or demonic creatures may be real. Possibilities like time travel or alien encounters can be realities, foreseeable even for human beings.
To accept the idea that reality is fluid and intangible is to accommodate an open ended world view, a world view that can incorporate flights of fancy, one that can extend beyond the present reach of human intelligence.
Excerpt from On Hinduism. To read more visit Irina’s website at www.irinaspage.com