I work with a number of Hindus, and have learned a lot about their faith.
First, most westerners who know about Hinduism have the impression they worship
multiple gods. That's not quite correct. They believe there is one god
above all, typically "Brahmah the Creator" and there exist many, many
deities, or manifestations of the supreme god they may worship. Actually, the
word "avatar" is from India, and is a good explanation for how they
think of their deities.One of my friends explained that her mother
told her the Christians and Muslims around them in India are not really much
different than they are, they just worship a different deity. "We all are
seeking the same Creator".That's actually a pretty
charitable view of other religions, as those comparisons so. I know when I was
a kid we were taught people in other religions were lost, or were misled by the
devil, or whatever. Some muslims seem to have even more negative views of other
religions.So, I came away with a new appreciation for Hindus, and
how they view others. Refreshing.
Wow, 30 million people with 42500 toilets, that averages out to 705 persons per
toilet, per day. I can see that this would be a real problem! May be the river
is used for more than washing.