Recently I was asked, at a Dinner,why while Lord Rama is venerated because of his loyalty to his wife,his vow and devotion to his wife,Eka Patni vrata,we also venerate Lord Vishnu who has two wives,Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi.
Is this not a contradiction?
What ,then, is Morality?
Which is morally correct?
Concepts of Hinduism are complex and it needs a thorough understanding of the Vedas ,the six systems of Indian philosophy, Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana Mahabharata,Eighteen Puranas and Indian regional language texts.
Indian philosophy is the foundation is the rock on which Hindu practices are built upon.
Reality,Brahman, according to Vedas,the scriptures of the Hindus, is a Principle devoid of Qualities or Attributes.
We Attribute qualities so that we can comprehend and Realize It.
We,our minds,are limited by Space and Time.
We can not conceive of anything without reference to these two.
On the modern scientific side, especially Astrophysics ,one can not really comprehend Stellar Distances,which are calculated in Light years and AU,Astronomical Units.
We have only a vague idea that it is huge.
For more on Time,please read my articles on Time,by Googling Time+ramanan50.
However in the path to Realisation of Brahman,Reality,A Principle,Hinduism, knowing the limitations of Human mind ,has devised a method.
That of Worship of Gods.
In a way human mind can understand it.
That is by bestowing the Reality with Perfect Human Attributes.
This is the beginning Stage of Self Realization.
This is called Saguna Aradhana,Worship of Reality with Attributes.
The Mind,to be divested of its innumerable thought waves,has to be deceived.
When mind believes,it can make things Happen.
So eventhough Reality is a Principle,it also can appear as personal God as one believes and meditates upon.
That is why we have God experiences.
Hindu,Vedic texts provide minimum three meanings.
Literal,Symbolic representing Abstract Truth,and esoteric Tantra,Mantra.
Some texts provide more than three meanings.
The Concept of the Three Primary Deities,Brahma,Vishnu and Rudra are to be understood.
Universe is Motion and it is the Ultimate cause Science can unmask.
There are three types of Energy .
That is Energy at Rest.
When it is in Motion,it is Kinetic.
One more is Energy at Rest,while allowing for some Movement,Kinetics.
It is Potentio Kinetic.
Vishnu, Kinetic and
Rudra a combination of both.
Rudra is an aspect of Siva,while Vishnu is an aspect of Narayana.
Brahma is the cause.
Vishnu is the Sustainer.
The term Vishnu is from the root Jishnu,that which Supports.
‘Vishnum Jishnum Mahavishnum Prabhavishnum Maheswaram’ -Vishnu Sahasranama.
For supporting Life, Consciousness,one needs sustanence.
This , during Life,in the Form of Health,Wealth…sixteen things.
Beyond Life, support is provided by Vishnu as Govinda.
The term Govinda is used for ceremonies conducted after Death.
As a concept of Vishnu,He sustains the Universe.
This is not enough to sustain and nurture Life.
Earth is allegorically called as Bhudevi.
Other things needed for Life is represented by Sri,also called Sri Devi.
To explain the concept of Vishnu with necessary support systems, Vishnu is represented as having been married to Bhu Devi and Sri Devi.
Sri has a core meaning of “diffusing light or radiance or eminence”, related to the root śrā“to cook, boil”, but as a feminine abstract noun, it has received a general meaning of “grace, splendour, beauty; wealth, affluence, prosperity”.(Wiki)
Sree varchasvam ayushyam aarogyam maavithaath
Dhaanyam Dhanam pasum bahuputra laabham
Satha samvathsarm dheeragamaayuhu’
However at the Ultimate level,there is no Sin,Nothing Sacred.
‘Na punyam, Na Paapam…..
Sivoham’ Nirvana Shadgam by Sri Sankara charts.
PS.This is a philosophical explanation.
However, I have found, during my research into Hindu texts and events,these events may be Real.
I do not know.