What is God


Youth Sections
"The Braves Arise"

Priyanka Shakher Pandita
(11th Grade)
"What is God?" is a frequent question that has the human mind has asked from the beginning of human species. We have learned the idea of God from the stories told by our parents or by reading the scriptures of our faith. But as we grow up, our idea of God vary from people to people. Some people believe God is Supreme All Powerful One, while some question his existence.

I believe that God is not just the Supreme All- Powerful One, but a personal one whom I can worship out of love. I believe that God doesn’t have any specific form or name. However, God can manifest in the forms and these forms provide a basis for the Hindu worship. There is only one God which can exist in both form and formless state.

God is Supreme and it can neither be good nor bad. The concept of good and bad things is at a lower level of thinking like we can’t say air, sun, moon, water, fire, or etc are good or bad. They are all manifestation of God, but in the form state. I believe that God makes people feel good or bad based on their actions.

God is omnipresent and does not reside only in “Heaven”. God is in front of us and also within us. God is in matter as well in liquid. God is energy. We don’t have to wait our whole life to meet God. We can realize him right here in this world. God is not just Almighty, but also a sweet lovely One. As in other religions, God has been put in the form of a He. I believe that God is not a He, God is beyond the gender. For this reason, Hindu scripture’s refer God very often using the term “it.”

In conclusion, I believe God is Supreme All-Powerful and personal. God can manifest in the form as well as formless states. God is not good or bad. Nor the concept of God is right or wrong. God is omnipresent and resides within and without us, which has been rightly spoken in our Hindu scriptures. God is One.
"Ekam sat vipraha, bahudha vadanti"
“Truth is one; the wise call it by various names"

Nina Shakher Pandita
(9th Grade)
God is most often conceived of as the supernatural creator and overseer of the universe. For thousands of years people have came up with their own opinion of God and have asked the question “What is god?” No one seems to have the same answer. Some believed that there is only one God and some others also believe there is no God such as Atheist.

In my opinion, God has no attributes. To me when someone's says god I don’t get an image in my head. God is powerful and manifest into many forms; he is everywhere at anytime. As in Hindu Scripture, God is the Ultimate One “Brahman”. I believe that God is one and supreme. God is always kind to us. God governs every aspect of our life. It gives us a life however it is us who goes against gods will and do wrong deeds.

God is nature and nature is God. It preserves the balance between life and death that is why we are living. Also, God keeps the balance between the planets and the stars otherwise without this divine balance their would be no universe. Existence of life is the divine will of God. Any change in our body can cause life and death.

I do not believe God has any form, for example, Hanuman Ji symbolizes power, loyalty, and dedication which is one of the many manifestation of God. However, some people feel easier to pray this powerful being in the form of an idol. Worshiping an idol is the easier way to pray to god but I believe understanding and realizing God gives us a better perspective of this divine power. People have called this divine power by many different names but in the end there is only one god and it is supreme.
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This is truely AMAZING :) You presented your opinions very nicely, God bless!
Added By Jodi Hastings
Nina, you have opened my eyes with your well written view. I really feel you have a wonderful talent :)
Added By Lauren Morgan
Dear Priyanka Ji & Nina ji. Thank you to both of you for presenting your view points on a very sensitive topic---about godhead. I congratulate both of you for putting nicely your view points.The ways chosen are different, but the goal is the same and it is spirituality in the Sanatana DSharma within Hinduism. You have developedthe viewpoints nicely, with logical approach. Kudos to your parents and to the Bal Vihar, where you have inherited such beautiful view poits about Divinity.Keep it up!
Added By chamanlal raina
Priyanka and Nina, I loved reading both of your interpretations of God. Not only do you talk about the general image of Him, but you also recognize other forms in which He may reside, which is difficult for many people to do. Overall, I enjoyed reading both of your peices, and think that you are both extremely spiritually gifted.
Added By Ishani J
I like the use of the word choice, as well as the different explanation of what god is. Some people feel offended if god is portrayed in a different light from their own religious beliefs but I think you've done a good job tying all the similarities together. Good job Priyanka
Added By Mashood Abbasi
wow this is beautifully written, i respect ur ideas and thoughts and find ur point of view to be very well thought out and descriptive. Growing up i was never a religious individual and always questioned God. This page me realize how amazing religion really is
Added By daria karpovtsev
Wow. You guys have written a marvelous piece of writing. I agree with you fully on every aspect of you examination. A job well donee.
Added By Afsin Khan
wow both of your details in your writing is just amazing. I was just amazed on the details and examples you both have preseted in your writings. And i agree with you on everything you have said about god. I would truly like to say i love what you two wrote. Every little detail is something to congratulate you on. Well congratulations on writing this outstanding piece of writing on god.
Added By Raihan Mustafa
I find it quite remarkable how the two of you have such strong convictions about God. Priyanaka- great point about God being “beyond the gender”- I agree wholeheartedly. Also, Nina, your point of being able to understand God before praying to God was powerful. Great writing you guys!
Added By Priya Kamath
Amazing. you both have different opininos yet they still have the same meaning. God is one. very interesting essays, im glad i got to read this. Good job girls! :)
Added By Daniella Bernasconi
Your views and very nicely written. I can feel hows strongly you feel about them. Your views were presented very keenly and I enjoyed readings both the opinions. Great job.
Added By Sejal Shah
Superb Priyanka & Nina, your view points are different but both have deep love and respect for GOD, which is all that matters to be a good human being. All the best.
Added By Kaveri Hak
I enjoyed reading this a lot. I loved reading both of your feelings and opinions about the religion and beliefs that you guys follow. Nowadays some teens choose to take the easy road and not engage in a religion or in a belief. Although I do respect these people and their choice, I have more respect for those who do believe in a "higher being". Nice writing. You should tell me more about these kind of things Priyanka. =)
Added By Melissa Subido-Tremblay