If we should follow the scientific method, then puting a heavy presumption that gods/goddeses are figments of our imagination, is not justifiable. Let scientific method sort that out, if science must be the arbiter.
you are a pro at distorting what someone else has posted, and then refuting it ... where did this "figment of our imagination" phrase come from except as a figment of your imagination? ... where is the presumption?
what was posted in black and white was that gods were symbols invented by the sages to translate concepts into more available forms ...
The phrase "symbols invented by the sages"
means to me at least, that deities them selves are unreal, and were supposedly "invented"
by the sages to convey some deeper truth.
I distilled something from the following posts into a "gods/goddesses are figments of our imagination" phrase
. Whether it was unnecssarily mind swaying like Avram's Smirnoff or something sober, I leave that to your judgement.
IMO, gods and godesses were invented as Thought Lite, i.e., as a technique for explaining complex concepts and cosmology ... protecting these symbols of the Thought while letting the Thought itself decay is not a wise course of action ...
btw, if a yogi spends his life, say, worshipping Shiva and then one day he has a darshan of Shiva, my first guess would be that he went through some form of auto-suggestive hallucination ... why would that be a wrong guess?
IMO, it is too late to put the genie back in the bottle and rewind the proliferation of gods and goddesses ...
heck, on this very thread, several proponents of Hindu gods are not willing to give up attributes ... "by god, brahma has 4 arms" etc ...
Regarding Murugan's quote:
Here is Murugan's post again ...
To understand Hinduism and Vedic concept of god, IMO the following may help:
1) Vedic (rituals)
2) Upanishadic Age (philsophical, theological exercises to find out the ultimate truth)
3) Vedanta (upto here god = ultimate truth)
Shankaracharya offered a mix of Gyan, Karma and Bhakti
4) Vaishnavism (incarnation theory started and then multitude of gods)
I don't know enough to tell whether this is accurate or not ... but according to him, up to step 3 there was no god/goddess proliferation ...
Gurudev, Rg-Veda is loaded with deities (Devas). Just because vedics didn't have temples and statues, and had only fire-rituals, doesn't mean that they didn't have Gods/Goddesses.
Indra, Varuna, Aryama, Agni, Usha, Prajapati, Yama, Ashwini, Rudra, Vishnu, Medha, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Devi and many others are there in the Rgveda. So, proliferation of the deities happened right at the first step IMHO.
I don't disagree with that ... in fact, I believe that the deity proliferation needs to be exploited ... what we need are more modern deities ...
sun worship could be in the form of solar power ... we definitely need a god of nuclear energy ... you get the idea Smile
To my swayed mind, the above quote again suggests that you consider gods/goddeses as figments of imagination that can be created/reassigned as needed.