Monotheism and Polytheism Reconciled
While fulfilling a certain cosmic function, the Supreme Being became referred to by a specific name.
As our limited human mind cannot easily visualize or think about a purely intangible and abstract idea or principle, the ancients personified that specific aspect of the Divine nature attributing to it certain forms and features that could best signify and symbolize that particular aspect of cosmic functioning.
They were able to expound and describe these distinct personifications of One Reality.
Because, they were clearly revealed to their inner spiritual eyes during their times of high meditations and deepest mystical contemplation in which they are constantly engaged.
Thus having obtained this inner Darshan of the meaningful manifestation of the One Divine Reality, they declared it for the benefit of all mankind in general.
Each deity is, therefore, a personified expression of the One Supreme Divine Being.
Due to them the earnest Hindu devotee is able to easily fix his mind and focus the devotion of his heart upon God.
These manifest forms are thus a great help in enabling you to dwell upon God in a tangible manner.
They effectively serve the purpose of presenting to you a well-defined focusing center for you to think upon and to concentrate your mind and to meditate.
Sri Swami Chidananda
To be continued ......