Five Different Ideas People Have About God

Krishna's Mercy

[Shri Krishna]“The first syllable of the word bhagavan is bha, which means ‘sustainer’ and ‘protector.’ The next letter, ga, means ‘leader,’ ‘pusher’ and ‘creator.’ Va means ‘dwelling’ (all living beings dwell in the Supreme Lord, and the Supreme Lord dwells within the heart of every living being). Combining all these concepts, the word bhagavan carries the import of inconceivable potency in knowledge, energy, strength, opulence, power and influence, devoid of all varieties of inferiority.” (Shrila Prabhupada, Chaitanya Charitamrita, Adi 2.10 Purport)

Mention the word “God” and you get a variety of responses. In some places there might be universal acceptance, with smiling faces abound. In other areas the frown is the immediate change. They’ve got their arms up, in a ready position. They are prepared to argue the invalidity of the idea of creation and an intelligent designer.

The lack of uniformity in responses is due to the different ideas people…

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