GOD

As it is true that the supreme Lord is only one and absolute, why are there different types of religious followers?

If food is meant only to satisfy hunger, then why do we have so many varieties?
If clothes are meant only to cover our body, then why are there so many models and designs of them?
If houses are meant only for shelter, then why are there so many varieties in them?
It is because human beings like varieties to suit their tastes. In the same way, to reach the one supreme Lord, there are different ways and means. One can choose one particular path according to his taste and stick on to it.

Who is God? Where is God?

The absolute pure consciousness is God. He is within you and He is all-pervading; omnipresent. There are no two things in this world. He alone exists and no body else.

What is God? Where is He?

Pure bliss and consciousness is God. He is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient.

Why has God created us?

God has created us to find answer to that very question

Do all the names Ganesha, Muruga, Shiva, Vishnu, Ayyapa, point to the same God? Or is it true that Krishna is the Supreme God and others are Demigods or devotees of Krishna?

In our Sanathana Dharma, there are many schools of thought. According to one of them, Vishnu is the supreme. Another claims that Shiva is the Supreme. Similarly, there are schools that claim supremacy of Devi, Surya, Ganapathy and Muruga. One cannot be compelled or convinced to sign into one school of thought. It is upto his own taste and interest, and above all his luck.

I am a misguided man. I don’t want to lose faith in God, but I am afraid I am slowly losing it. I don’t know what to do.

Don’t lose faith on God for the sake of a wrong person or a silly reason. Faith is very important. Whatever happens, it happens only for your good. It is happening according to the will and wish of God, only for your good. We don’t know what is good today and what is good tomorrow. But God knows that and foreseeing that, He does good for you.
Accept your life and all its incidents as a gift of God. Accommodate and adjust your life based on that. Then your living will not only be easy; your life will also be a wonderful one.

Is God personal or Impersonal? If impersonal what is the necessity of idol worship?

The Lord is omnipresent and all-pervading. He is full of consciousness and knowledge. It is not possible for a ‘jeeva’ to visualize such a ‘God’. So it is easy and convenient for him to worship God in the form of an idol.
The omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient Lord understands his worship and out of sheer mercy makes the ‘jeeva’ realize Him through the idol.

My friend had a desire and prayed to Lord for the fulfillment of the same. However her desire is not fulfilled till date. Why did God not fulfill her desire?

The compassion of the Lord is infinite. The Lord may not have fulfilled your friend’s desire as He might have wished to give your friend something better. Otherwise, granting the desire might mean something deleterious in future and hence the Lord wanted to protect your friend. One can never judge His grace with his/her intellect. It is important to understand the underlying fact that God will always do good to us.

Good morning! I am ten years old. My mom says god created us. I want to know who created GOD.

Dear child, If I tell you who created God, you will then ask me who created Him. So the answer is ‘you’.

How do we know that Bhagavan’s grace is there or not? Do we get any signs? If all our effort will become useless since Bhagavan’s grace is missing, what is the use in putting in the effort?

In order to achieve worldly comforts as well as to attain God, both His Grace and your efforts are required. A farmer who puts in his best efforts by ploughing the field, sowing seeds and manuring, will still not able to do a good harvest, if it does not rain at the right time. Thorough inundation by means of rains on an unploughed arid land will do no good either. A combination of proper efforts (by means of ploughing, sowing and manuring) and grace (by means of rains at the appropriate rime), makes one successful.
Now how do we know that we get the Lord’s grace?
When we say that we need God’s grace irrespective of the efforts we put in to attain the Lord, this is what is meant:
As long as you feel that you are putting in efforts and you are responsible for your Sadhanas, you will not be able to attain Him. The moment, you start to feel that everything is happening by the Lord’s grace; it is He who instigates and empowers you to perform Sadhanas, then you can be pretty sure that your efforts are not in vain.
That feeling is verily the indication that you are a recipient of the Lord’s grace.