reply to post by Anusuia
I personally see a higher form of God in Visnu from the Vedic texts of India .
Well, that's debatable.
How much do you know about Kabbalah? In Kabbalah, the various names of God used in the Hebrew Bible refer, just as Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma refer, to
different aspects of archetypes of the creators relationship with the created i.e. man.
Elohim has the same gematria (numerical value) as Hateva - Nature, as well as Kos - cup, Kli YHVH "vessel of YHVH", Avdei "Servants", all these
ideas allude to the archetypal significance of the number 86, which expresses the quality of the name Elohim.
The higher name of God, called the tetragrammaton - יהוה, which is from the grammatical root for the word "Being", and contains within its basic
4 letters, the words "was, is, will be", alludes to every aspect of reality. it is called by the greek term "tetra-grammaton' - 4 letter name,
because its 4 letters refer to the 4 levels of being, namely, action, i.e. physical existence, emotion i.e. the Chayoth realms, thought i.e. the
seraphim realms, and pure mind, called in Kabbalistic thought, Atziluth, the world of emanation. The Yod (the first letter of the tetragrammaton which
is a simple י) itself is also divided into 2 aspects, the upper aspects of the yod, when written out artistically, has a small design called a crown.
The crown refers to Kether, which is the highest aspect the human mind can know. Beyond that, is nothing.
Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma, as i have learned, symbolize the powers of centripetal motion, centrifugal motion, and creation. This means everything
which grows and evolves is a power of Vishnu, everything which decays and leads to destruction, is Shiva, and the stabilization between these two
forces gives rise to creation, which is Brahma. These ideas are interesting, but altogether, they symbolize something quite different then whats
suggested by the Hebrew name for God יהוה, which contains so many different ideas within it, hence its being called "the essential name"...
While the Hebraic model emphasizes the various realms in which existence is experienced, the Hindu Trimurti focuses on the qualities of Expansion -
Cetripetal, and Contraction - Centrifugal, ideas alluded to in the tetragrammaton by the masculine letters Yod-Vav, and the two feminine Hehs.
Elohim means "powers", but it is often found in contexts where it carries a singular connotation, and means "God". It refers, essentially, the
quality of contraction, where God ceases to be infinite in his essence, and becomes the source for worlds and realms of being - hence the
numerological correspondences between this word and the word for nature, 'vessel for YHVH' (for the essential name, which is the quality of being),
cup (which serves as a container for another substance - יהוה), servants (the powers of nature merely serve as a means to express the higher name