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Closeup of Vishnu, seated in the lotus positio...

Closeup of Vishnu, seated in the lotus position on a lotus. From depiction of the poet Jayadeva bowing to Vishnu, (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Trimurti (Skt. three forms) is a Hindu belief that God has three forms or aspects, as expressed in Brahma, Vishnu and Siva.

The belief ties into the larger cosmological belief that the universe goes through repeated cycles of creation, maintenance and destruction. Hence Brahma is responsible for creation. Vishnu maintains. And Siva destroys (to ultimately transform). The cycle continues…

I have seen this particular trinity equated with the Christian trinity. This seems misguided because the two religions differ in many of their key beliefs, concepts and practices.¹

¹ Also, for me, the experience of their respective numinosities differs quite dramatically. See http://goo.gl/qMq8DT to learn more about how some people view the respective trinities.

 

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