Nature and role of Trimurti

Many Hindus believe in Brahman as the ultimate reality – one 'Supreme Spirit' in many forms. Brahman is male, female and even animal.

Brahman is also commonly understood as the Trimurti - three gods with three key functions:

  • Brahma - the source of all creation.
  • Vishnu - responsible for keeping all good things on Earth and bringing harmony when needed.
  • Shiva – assists in the creation of new things – some things have to end for others to begin.

However, many Hindus believe in Vishnu or Shiva as the one Supreme Deity.

The atman of each of us may also hold a 'spark' of Brahman. For most Hindus, Brahman is present in the lives of all living things.

The traditional Hindu greeting 'Namaste', usually performed with joined palms and bowed head, may be translated as 'I bow to the divine spark within you'.