सनातन धर्म भूमिका

Meaning of "Sakara and nirakara God>"


Sakara and nirakara God


In General

Hinduism does not restrict a spiritual aspirant to choose any particular kind of God. God can be with form or without form. The word sakara represent a personalized God with form and nirakara represent a God without form but still He can have human passion or not. Both these aspect of god is used in the practice of dhyana, pooja and all other kind of worship.

Some saints and sages have emphasized the worship of and meditation upon a formless God, the Infinite and the Absolute. In contrast, there are people who worship God in different forms to which they impart particular attributes and qualities based on their intellectual capacity, personal tastes and preferences. However, the great sages have explained that one must understand the three main aspects of God, namely His personal or Bhagavan aspect; His localized Paramatma aspect or Supersoul expansion in the hearts of all beings; and His impersonal force or Brahman aspect. Until a person understands all three features, his understanding of God remains incomplete. It can be said that either form of worship can lead to Moksha (liberation) if steadily practiced with a true and sincere heart. But in Bhagavad-gita, Lord Krishna specifically says that meditation on His formless aspect is indeed a difficult path.

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