I came across this verse in Bhagavad Gita a few days ago,.
यो यो यां यां तनुं भक्तः श्रद्धयार्चितुमिच्छति ।
तस्य तस्याचलां श्रद्धां तामेव विदधाम्यहम् ॥७- २१॥
स तया श्रद्धया युक्तस्तस्याराधनमीहते ।
लभते च ततः कामान्मयैव विहितान्हि तान
“I am in everyone’s heart as the Super soul. As soon as one desires to worship the demigods, I make his faith steady so that he can devote himself to some particular deity. Endowed with such a faith, he seeks favours of a particular demigod and obtains his desires. But in actuality these benefits are bestowed by me alone. “ (The above translation is lifted from ISKCON site deliberately. I consider ISKCON a Semitic version of Hinduism and often comparable to Christian fanaticism. But the above translation seems to be fair enough.)
About half of the population in this world are Christians and Muslims. Christians and Muslims have one God- Jehovah/Allah, who is also the only God of Judaism. Sunnis and Shias also believe in one single God. But most of the blood spilled in the name of religion is due to inter religious conflict between Christians and Muslims in Africa, Sunni-Shia conflict in Iran/Iraq/Afghan/Pak, Jewish-Muslim conflicts in Middle East. Why are these fools fighting in the name of same common God? It is a mystery. Contrast this with India/Hindus who are often accused of practicing “Polytheism” by the monotheists. Although Caste discrimination and sectarian violence happen at times, India is relatively much peaceful compared to Islamic/Christian/Jewish countries.
This verse explains why there is relative peace in India . Sri Krishna is considered as equal to Vishnu, Paramatma. Sri Krishna in Bhagavad Gita, the holy text of Hindus, even if people worship different Gods, all reach him (Paramamta). In other words, these words of Sri Krishna are the very basis of Indian/Hindu secularism. Thanks to this verse in Bhagavad Gita, Hindus do not play bloody games with “My God, Your God” and “Who is the True God”. Hindus are not polytheists in the sense the Semitic religions accuse us of being, but we are not obsessed with “monotheism”, because we know we are part of the same divine consciousness, which can be called in different names, assumed in different forms.
“Surely Allah does not forgive that anything should be associated with him, and forgives what is besides that to whomsoever He pleases, and whoever associates anything with Allah, he devises indeed a great sin.”
(Surah an-Nisā’ 4:48)
“And whoever associates anything with Allah, he devises indeed a great sin.”
(Surah an-Nisā’ 4:48)
A God who is obsessed about who associates who with him , that is the Semitic idea about God. While in India, God is not obsessed about people believing in him, nor is he concerned about who worships him in what form or name, nor does he promise heaven for his believers, nor does he curse non believers to hell. But whole of the Indian/Hindu literature is a beautiful thesis on Karma theory. God is Sakshi-Witness (It is one of the name of God in Vishnu Sahsranama) of our Karma, it is not He who punishes us for our evil deeds, but it is the Karma itself. God is the divinity which is in all of us, the super energy-consciousness (Bhootatma, Bhootabhavanah ,another name of God in Vishnu Sahasranama)