There is one supreme, absolute power that we call “God.” God has these divine qualities: Generator, Organizer, Destroyer.
In different relationships, a person relates in a particular way. Each of those relationships has a distinct energy and has its own name. For example, a person can be a father, brother, son, cousin, friend, employee, etc. They are all different qualities of relationship and have a different energy. The same applies to the Supreme Power, acting in accord with Natural Law. Each relationship with God has a particular energy and is given a different name. The energy of the Supreme Power that gives Knowledge is called “Saraswathi.” The energy of the Supreme Power that gives wealth is called “Lakshmi.” The energy of the Supreme Power that removes obstacles is called “Ganesh.”
The Gods are the Divine Energy, the laws of Nature, the mechanisms of existence. Each God is the personification of a different aspect of God, the Supreme Power. You are one with all that is, with the source of all existence, with God. Each personification of God is within you.
Generally, your relationship with the Gods starts with viewing God as if outside of yourself. However, your relationship with God culminates in becoming one with God… in finding the Gods within you.
What are Gods and Stories Really?
The Gods are laws of nature. Shiva births the underlying structure of existence and Ganesh presides over it. He is the leader of the demigods. Mother Divine brings that structure to life.
Everything maps, everything has personified (“he” or “she” rather than “it”) correlates. There are personified correlates to the manifestation of existence, and they read as stories. It is important to understand that these personified correlates are very real. They are the flip side of the same coin as the physics of manifestation, as well as the maintenance and continuation of the universe. It is a shame that this understanding has been lost, and those things are now looked upon as myths (fantasy). Some myths correspond to the manifestation of existence and the mechanics of creation. For those that do, it is no longer appropriate to call them myths.
It is like diamond with many facets. If you look at a diamond from different angles, you can see very different things. Like that, there are countless valid myths that correlate to the same process. It’s just looking at that diamond from a different angle. It’s not right that the Christian myth is right and the Hindu myth is wrong. It is possible that they are all simultaneously valid.
The Full Expression
The Gods are seamlessly one and each God is frictionlessly merged with the other. They are flip sides of the same one coin. The coin itself is Shiva; the beauty of the coin that touches the heart and brings it to life is Mother Divine.
It is important to understand that all of these principles exist in physics. But the physics of music does not convey the full meaning of the music. Creation can best be understood through the portal of the personified, namely the Gods. The Veda includes not only the science, but also the music. Not only the physics, but also the heart (the psyche). Not only the King, but also the Queen.
When deciding if something makes sense, the context must be considered. What is reasonable in one context – keeping things sterile in the operating room, is inappropriate and unreasonable in another – keeping things sterile on a camping trip. So, this section provides the context for understanding the Gods.
The mathematics principle of mapping (correlation) permeates everything. In the healing modality of reflexology, the foot maps onto the rest of the body: the big toe is the head, the heel is the pelvis, etc. Any part of the body can be addressed by treating its corresponding location on the foot. Some say the cleanliness and neatness of your home maps onto the state of your mind. In a graph, a value of x maps onto a value of y. Mappings are everywhere and become profoundly complex.
In Vedic technology of the unified field, murthis (statues of the Gods) and objects in a puja or havan (Vedic ceremonies) map onto operators deep within the mechanics of existence. Nothing is arbitrary. It is a technology based upon mapping, every bit as precise and well defined as the technologies of modern science.
The human psyche innately knows such principles exist, even though modern scientific thought has only comprehended the most superficial and simplistic mappings. Superstitions emerge when people reach for such mappings but do not have the clarity of mind and soul necessary to fathom such mappings. This is the reason people reject Vedic technology. Imagine a life when these mappings are spontaneously understood and honored. Please keep the concept of mapping in mind as you peruse the pages in this section.
There are many places (including SriSomesvara.org) where you can read about the Gods, and it is all good to read because it gives you a feeling. But it is all about the feeling. The question is, where do you go with it? For instance, you can feel the Mars value: “The sound of a trumpet blowing.” It elicits a feeling. That feeling is worth more than a thousand words. It really conveys the essence of that being. When you think of another person, there is a feeling there. That is a lot of words.
The Main Deities at Sri Somesvara Temple
Sri Somesvara Temple is a Vedic Shiva Temple located at Mount Soma, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
- Shiva linga, enlivened by Shiva
- Ganesh (son of Shiva)
- Karthikeya (son of Shiva)
- Uma Parvathi (Mother Divine, consort of Shiva)
- Navagrahas (Nine planets)
- Nagadevatha (snake god)
- Hanuman (incarnation of Rudra, a form of Shiva)
It is hoped that this section gives you a better understanding and feel for each of the Gods.