[Advaita-l] Animal faced gods in Hinduism
satisharigela at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 8 22:36:57 CST 2011
> 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.
> Is this to state that God is in every being?
There seems to be a hint in the last statement stating that these forms of
deities were created by people. Maybe so on "one level". But no one created the
forms. They "saw" those deities that way. Please see last
> Or to highlight this character with the attributes of the animal?
Not sure what you meant here
> Or to discourage animal cruelty and hunting?
No. The kings worhsipped the various devata-s but still hunted
> May be something completely different.
Please refer to Sriram's posting on this. The one which speaks about bhairava.
But insights/explanantions are good till one level. It is the experience of the
deity that counts.
As an example, when one worships a certain deity, without the person having to
imagine, the deity sometimes appears(could be in dreams or during awake) in that
form. What I am trying to say is, for example if a mantra of A~njaneya is being
practiced, there is a big chance(depending on the individual if he is
meant[various traditions have different ways to determine this] to practice that
particular deity's particular mantra) that the deity will appear in that form
without you having to imagine A~njaneya with a kapi mukha. In short, the animal
faced deities are not willful imaginations of Humans but that is how the deities
Hopefully I did not add to any confusion.. but I find this one hard to put in
In other words I am only saying what Jaldhar said in a long winded fashion with
the modification that instead of saying "His" wish I would say it is the
"Jaldhar: Why not just because it is His wish? Isn't it mankinds vanity that we
expect Bhagavan to conform to our expectations?"
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