God in Hinduism is The Supreme - the universal energy that is everywhere and in everything but cannot be contained by anything or anyone which is Paramatman, the Supreme Self or God. The different deities worshiped are different aspects of this Supreme Being which is formless, genderless and doesn't have anything associated with it but Oneness.
The three major aspects of God are the Thrimurthy, or the Trinity - Brahma - the creator, Vishnu - the Lord of the Now or Present, and Shiva - the Lord of what is beyond current realm of existence. The powers of these deities which are inseparable from them - just as the power of fire to burn cannot be separated from fire itself. This power or the energy is what Hindus worship as Durga or Kali or the female deity. The masculine entities are like the container, and the female entities are the power which gives value to that container. None exist without the other.
In Hinduism, Divine Mother called Shakti (Durga or Kali) is the first manifestation of Divine Energy / The Supreme Being. Thus with the name of Divine Mother comes the idea of energy, omnipotence, omnipresence, love, intelligence, and wisdom. Just as a child believes its mother to be all-powerful, and capable of doing anything for the child, a devotee believes the Divine Mother to be all merciful, all-powerful and eternally guiding and protecting him with her invisible arms. By worshiping God as the Divine Mother, a Hindu can more easily attribute Motherly traits to the Lord, such as tenderness and forgivingness. The natural love between a Mother- and her- child is the best expression of the Lord's unconditional love for- us as children of God. In the most representative Hindu view, the universe is the manifestation of the creative power (Shakti) of Brahman, whose essence is absolute existence, consciousness, and bliss (or in Sanskrit, sat-chi t-ananda). Since all created forms proceed from the womb of the mother, the creative power Shakti) of God is recognized by Hindus as the female principle or t he motherly aspect of nature. In this sense we are all children of the Divine Mother. We are contained by Her before our - manifestation and nourished by Her throughout our existence.
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Edited by SattvicMoon, 25 May 2007 - 02:20 PM.