[Advaita-l] Animal faced gods in Hinduism

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Tue Mar 8 15:40:00 CST 2011

On Thu, 3 Mar 2011, Shrinivas Gadkari wrote:

> I have been meaning to ask this question/clarification about animal faced gods
> and daemons in Hinduism.
> On the one hand we have Advaita based on logic with examples of "Hare with
> horns" on the other hand our
> puranas filled with animal headed gods etc.
> Can the learned explain this?  Is this to state that God is in every being?
> Or to highlight this character with the attributes of the animal?
> Or to discourage animal cruelty and hunting?
> May be something completely different.

Why not just because it is His wish?  Isn't it mankinds vanity that we 
expect Bhagavan to conform to our expectations?

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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