There are over One Billion people living in India today – more than the total number of caucasians combined.
The great majority of those human beings are of the Hindu Faith.
Just as many Christians have Faith in the Trinity of God the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, Hindu’s have Faith in the Trimurti of Brhama ( The Creator aspect of God), Vishnu, the maintainer and preserver aspect) and Shiva, the destroyer aspect.
What? a destroyer aspect of God?? What’s that about? God is good; how can God be a party to destruction?
Well, consider for a moment the concept of Urban Planning.
Once a city has been ‘planned’ and people live and work in it for some time the job of the Urban Planner is not finished. In addition to the ‘Creation’ of a place where humans live there is a need for continual upkeep and maintenance. And for a truly successful long term-plan there is also a NEED for some destruction.
Old buildings and creations that are no longer able to best meet our needs or the needs of the city, or perhaps no longer have a purpose relevant to the current occupants, are either to be knocked down, destroyed or ‘preserved’ as a way to remember and understand a little of how things used to be, before we ‘wised up’.
Creation, Preservation – Maintenance and Destruction; all are necessary concepts of a successful and thriving city.
I would suggest that they are also necessary components of ourselves also.
WE all ‘build’ or create things in our lives – things written in ‘stone’ or walls built that keep our thoughts safely locked inside.
Some serve useful functions, some need maintenance continually as we grow older, wiser (Wisdom); some need preserving as things tend to rip them apart (Love, Faith, Hope); and some.. need destroying and removing from us as their function – if it ever was ‘correct’ – is no longer being used to our benefit. (Fears, and a whole bunch of useless rubbish we carry with us far longer than is good for us).
Loving a Creator God is one thing – not recognising that in His Great Creation, Nature (of which we are but a minor part) there is a constant cycle of growth and death, Creation and Destruction – in ALL ‘aspect’s – as well as acts of preservation and maintenance and that we are an essential participant in that process some refer to as the Wheel of Life, is another – one we might not pay as much attention to in our human lives as we might.
It can lead us to a better way of connecting to God – removing the dead and dying, no longer useful parts of us and learning to recognise them), destruction of that which blocks our progress and performng essential maintenance and planning in order that we make the most efficient use of our time down here – to His Purpose for us all.
So what are you creating?
What are you preserving?
What are you destroying?
How much maintenance are you involved in consciously? Intentionally?
And just how much of it is for you and/or your family’s need and how much is for Him?
Maybe we all need to think a little more on this?