What form of God does one worship?
Karma is the major determining factor for most people regarding what form of God they worship. For example, people born into a Christian family tend to worship a particular representation of God. The other factor is the deepest meaning of Ishta Devata.
“Ishta Devata” means the “chosen or personal form of God” one worships. On the surface, one’s Ishta Devata is usually determined by family or community influence… their Karma.
On the deepest level, however, one’s Ishta Devata is based upon one’s subtle physiology. Though rare, there are those who are born into a family whose ‘family Ishta Devata’ is the same as the individual’s Ishta Devata at the very depth of that person’s being. On that deepest level, one’s physiology resonates with a particular form of God. That form is their true Ishta Devata.
However, rarely do people refine their physiology to that profound level. Yet, upon awakening to that level, their physiology continues to refine until they can ‘tune in’ to other forms of God on that deepest level. In time, it is their choice, from moment to moment, which form of God they resonate with at the deepest level of existence.
What a beautiful way to put this. Enjoyed that very much.
I love the flexibility inherent in the line ‘it is their choice,from moment to moment’. My God changes all the time as I see God everywhere.