Guardian Angels in Hinduism

What Hindus Believe About Guardian Angels

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In Hinduism, guardian angels help people achieve closer union with everyone and everything in the universe. Shefshef, public domain

In Hinduism, guardian angels help people achieve closer union with everyone and everything in the universe. Hindus believe in a different concept of guardian angel than exists in the world's major religions that focus on angels the most (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). The Hindu guardian angel is more like a type of god that combines two different spiritual forces: devas (deities who help guard people, pray for people, and promote the spiritual growth of people and other living beings like animals and plants) and the Atman (a divine spark inside each person that acts as a higher self to direct people toward higher levels of consciousness).

Devas give the living things they watch over spiritual energy, which inspires and motivates the person, animal, or plant being cared for to better understand the universe and become one with it.

The Atman, which represents the part of each person that lives forever despite changing through different reincarnations, urges people to move toward enlightenment -- understanding the universe and becoming one with it in unity.

Hindus usually meditate when communicating with guardian angels, reflecting on their thoughts and sending them out into the universe rather than saying verbal prayers -- although they do sometimes pray verbally to angelic beings.

Hindu believers also emphasize making sacrifices to major gods in order to obtain blessings from guardian angels. The Bhagavad Gita, Hinduism's main sacred text, refers to angelic beings as "demigods" (minor gods). In chapter 3, verse 11, the Bhagavad Gita declares: "By this sacrifice unto the Supreme Lord the demigods are propitiated; the demigods being propitiated will mutually propitiate you and you will obtain supreme blessings.”

Hindus sometimes worship guardian angels. While many world religions direct worship toward one main Creator -- God -- and say that angels are God's servants who also worship God and shouldn't be worshiped by humans, Hinduism allows worship of many different types of gods, including those that act like guardian angels.

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