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Hindu Deities, How They Helped Me, and How They Can Help You Too

I know that this article will deny the very grounds of some religions, so if you are a strong follower and defender of any monotheistic religion, then you are better off not reading this article at all. However if you are open to a better understanding of God from the Eastern point of view, then you will benefit from reading this post.

Every person understands religion slightly differently, and my interpretation of Hindu gods is this. There is one God in Hinduism, that is the Universal Intelligence, and there are many other smaller gods, who are the aspects of the Universal Intelligence. Furthermore, if I am not mistaken, in Hinduism the One God is not called God at all, gods in Hinduism are the certain forces of the One God together with some personal elements.

This is also confirmed by Tibetan faith, the faith that is so deep and pure, yet very highly inaccessible because of the oppressions of Tibet. In Tibetan faith there are six realms a person can get to after their death, and if they were abiding the laws of the universe, they may go to the realm of Gods. (A good but boring book to read about Tibetan understanding of what happens after death is this.

The realm of gods indeed hosts gods, but these deities are still one step away from merging with the Universal Intelligence. That’s why gods are still personal in Hinduism, in my opinion. They are still committing some “sins” which stops them from merging with the Universe – mainly pride and thinking that there is no further involvement point, in the view of the Tibetans. Nevertheless gods are much more developed than humans and therefore they gladly help any person who asks for their help.

Some of the gods are very developed, but they still choose to incarnate to help the humanity evolve. And some have some distance go to completely merge with one God because they express pride, anger or other worldly passions.

What I like about Hindu deities is that each of them is the incarnation of some particular aspect of the universe (e.g. love, wealth, understanding) and if you pray to that deity to get that aspect, you will. Let me explain.

There is a well known goddess Lakshmi in India. She is the Goddess of wealth. So if you have her image in your home or pray to get wealth, you most likely will. This is because smaller gods and goddesses are still personal, whilst the universal intelligence is impersonal. And if you pray, you are transcending the laws of nature, so even if you don’t deserve to get wealth, you will, because of the help of the goddess.

I think in the West those goddesses and gods are like our saints. Each saint represents some earthly or divine aspect, and if you call for the saint, he will respond.

Some gurus of India even tell that it’s better to pray to these gods and goddesses than to one God, because most people have too hard a time to grasp the notion of God pervading everything, and they get much better results when praying to one particular aspect of God.

Praying to one particular god or goddess makes your prayer very focused, because your spiritual force targets another defined(for a lack of a better word) spiritual force.

In Hinduism there are countless gods and goddesses, and each one of them has several or multiple powers. At first, when I heard about this, I thought this was just a beautiful fairy tale. All those images of blue, black and white supernatural beings seemed pretty, but nothing more. But then I bought a sticker of a beautiful Hindu goddess which I new nothing about, and my wealth instantly boosted. I then found out that this was Lakshmi’s image, which is the Hindu goddess of wealth.

Encouraged by this discovery but still not convinced about the whole theory of powerful Hindu gods, I bought a sticker of Buddha, which is again believed by Hindus to be the incarnation of one aspect of God. When I got into my meditative position and fixed my gaze at this sticker with a candle lit next to it, I very quickly got into a deep meditation, which showed me that Buddha can be an excellent meditation teacher, and again proved to me that Hindu gods are indeed powerful and valid.

Further encouraged by this success I bought the image of Krishna, mainly because it was a really beautiful image and I wanted to again see if this aspect of God was valid and powerful. And again I wasn’t disappointed, because I got some interesting experiences as a result of this deity brought into my home (if a hotel room can be called home:))

What happens most often when I focus on Krishna’s image is that the whole room seems to be filled with smoke and only his image shines. This is a very strange experience indeed and I still need to find out the meaning of it, but this God, as I came to experience, really has some powers.

One day I was wondering if Krishna ever existed at all whilst meditating and looking at the image, and it fell down. And then I started one day praying whilst looking at the Krishna’s image after a day of my anger, and then the image fell down, as though Krishna was disappointed in me. Thus these events seem to confirm my theory of deities being personalized aspects of God.

Once whilst looking at a Krishna’s image I expressed a wish to find out more about who this deity was, and only now I realise that a few days after my prayer one Hindu man told me a story about Krishna being incarnated in this world only for one mission – to fight the evils of this world. Krishna brings joy and happiness to the homes of those who choose to worship him.

(And now whilst I’m editing this post for the final publishing, I will add another thing that happened. Yesterday I bought a Hindu sacred book Gita. I just chose it randomly, without knowing what it’s about. It turns out it’s about the philosophy of Krishna.)

In every Hindu’s home there is a sacred place with the images of all the gods and goddesses she chooses to worship. Some pray to only one god, but usually people worship multiple gods. Businesses are likely to have the image of Lakshmi, women in India like worshiping Krishna, and Ganesh, the remover of obstacles, is also widely worshiped.

There are even temples in India for the god of wrath and the god of death, which people choose to worship to please them and thus keep the aspects they represent away from them.

These gods, in my opinion, are powerful focused energies representing some earthly or godly aspect, who choose to incarnate from time to time, or not incarnate at all. They respond to our prayers but their blessings are limited to what they represent. For example, if you pray to the god of dance for a better health, you may not get the result you want.

I think these gods are helping us along the way, they are like walking sticks when you need them, but at the end you should drop them and walk alone. Because that’s the only way to realise the pure universal intelligence that is you.

So if you feel you need those “walking sticks”, praying to gods and goddesses is perfect. Of course these gods might be completely unfamiliar to you, because they are Eastern, so you might be better off praying to Western saints, like St. Paul an so on, if that’s the case with you.

Some people are capable of seeing God in everything, and if they have very small egos, they can even choose to worship a person, because indeed everyone of us has God inside. (And if you are capable of worshiping another person this means you are highly spiritually developed and pride is long gone from your life. This also applies for people agreeing to work for free, like cleaning the floors in temples.)

If you choose to worship nature, people or anything else you see the God in, you are likely to progress spiritually quicker, whilst worshiping particular aspects of God will fill your life with the blessings those gods give, be it peace, sound health or anything else.

It’s very sad that during the Middle Ages due to the persecution and killing of  ”heretics”, people became scared of worshiping nature,  going back to the past lives and other spiritual practices which used to fill them with the knowledge of God and soul immortality. The effects of the witch hunt are even felt today, when people scoff at pagans or those who choose to worship God in their own ways. Gladly in India Hinduism preserved the conscious connection to God, and thus we can learn from this religion a great deal about this all-pervading intelligence.

Even today people laugh at things like palm reading, healing with herbs and acupuncture, which shows how deep a damage has been done when power thirsty people chose to wipe out the innocent practices for the conscious connection to God from our lives.

Praying to Hindu gods and goddesses is one of the ways to gain this connection to God and understand God better. There are many more ways, of course, to know God, but this is a very effective one.

Below I list some of the Indian gods and goddesses you can pray to to receive their blessings:


Krishna is the god of joy and happiness. He is one of the most worshiped gods in India and is considered the avatar of Vishnu. He is depicted in pictures as playing flute or as a small child. Krishna’s story is very interesting and worth reading to understand this god and his blessings better.



Ganesh, the elephant-headed god, is the remover of obstacles and the god of success. He is widely worshiped in India. This god is also the destroyer of vanity, selfishness and pride. He is the son of Shiva and Parvati.


Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth. She is also worshiped as a Goddess of fertility and wisdom.


Dhanvantari is the God of health and Ayurveda medicine. He can be called forth for better health, understanding of natural medicines or any other matter relating to medicine and health.


Kali is the goddess of death of the ego and the goddess of time. Worship her to overcome the “I am the body” idea. She is the destroyer of the illusion that this world is. For the people with big egos Kali seems very frightening and they will not be able to worship her. Her dress of human skulls and arms is the symbol of winning over the material form and realising the spiritual form.


Yama is the God of death and justice, rarely worshiped in India today. He is the one, according to Hinduism, who weighs good and bad deeds after the death of a person and decides what the next incarnation (inferior or superior) will be. You can pray to Yama to spare your life or somebody else’s.


Parvati (the deity in pink dress) is the goddess of love and devotion. She is the wife of Shiva, the God you see behind her. Her story, like that of Krishna’s, is very beautiful and should be read in order to know this Goddess better. Her son is Ganesh (the elephant-headed deity).



Shiva is considered to be one of the five primary forms of God and is worshiped to acquire all the good qualities a human should possess. He is always depicted as young because it is said that he conquered death and rebirth, and is therefore immortal.

I’m not asking you to worship any gods if you don’t want to or it seems too alien for you, but for those open enough for a different way to perceive God this experience will be hugely beneficial.

Article by: Simona Rich (Personal Development Coach)

Categories: Meditation, Spiritualism
  1. Anonymous
    February 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

    thnx for posting such nice article…jsk..

  2. February 1, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    thanks for the information… this realy help me.

    • February 13, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Thanks Karen for the feedback 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    February 6, 2012 at 10:28 am

    always listen to your heart……..[SOUL].

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