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Forms of God


The Supreme Person is supreme in every way—omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He's also the most attractive person, meaning He has a form. Without knowing this supreme, spiritual form, people often have an impersonal conception of God. Krishna's Deity form can be easily misunderstood.

Devotees of Krishna worship the personal Deity form of the Absolute Truth, in temples and in their homes. The Deity is understood to be Krishna Himself. Since God is absolute, there is no difference between Krishna and His name or His form. For this reason, worshiping the physical representation of Krishna's form, the Deity, can help anyone make spiritual advancement. There's a vast difference between Deity worship and idol worship.

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