Qs: How can there be so many gods? There can be only one creator of the Universe!
Hindus believe that all of creation is ONE with the Creator. All that you see around you is made up of the same energy or consciousness as that of the Creator.
It is a form of ONE-ness that Islam or Christianity are unable to even imagine.
This is called Advaita or non-dual in Hinduism. ‘One without a second’ — no separation of the creator and the created; no Shaitan or Satan who messes with Allah’s will & creates confusion in the minds of human beings.
Advaita is a very powerful idea. It believes that all human beings are God-potential; they are in fact truly made as an ‘image of God‘ (as Bible suggests but is misinterpreted by Christians) — this means that human beings are the same as the Creator. It is just that they do not realise it in their living experience.
All human beings have the potential to experience their true nature – their true nature is ONE with this Universe.
Think of human beings like a wave in the Ocean. They separate for a short moment and then merge with the Ocean. During the time the wave is separated from the sea, it has its own shape, and individual identity.
Meditation, Yoga, Bhakti are ways or tools human beings can use to dissolve their sense of separation and experience true ONENESS in their own experience.
Qs. Why do Hindus worship stone idols? How can a stone be God?