Hinduism does not project a
monolithic standard which discredits other views of reality. It
recognizes the Divine in many names and forms, as possessing both
unity and multiplicity, and as both personal and impersonal.
It is not troubled by any
contradiction between the One and the Many. It regards the Many as
various appearances or manifestations of the One, which is not one
in the sense of one thing opposed to others but a unity that
includes diversity without being limited by it.
Hindu forms of monotheism
exist in abundance. Most followers of Shiva or Vishnu hold a
theistic view of reality with the Divine called Shiva or Vishnu. But
Hindu theism is very different from Western monotheism. It allows
for the existence of a multiplicity of names and forms of the Deity
and of secondary manifestations as various Gods and Goddesses under
Hindu theism is also a yogic
path that emphasizes devotion to the deity and personal communion
with it through meditation and samadhi. It is not a monolithic
belief system but an experiential monotheism of the Divine Beloved.