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I have heard about the concept ot Trimurti in Hinduism Wiki. One for construction (Brahma), one for protection (Vishnu) and one for destruction (Shiva). And somehow I feel it is related to Trinity in Christianity. Are there any relations?

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About the only similarity is the number three. The three persons of the Hindu Trimurti (त्रिमूर्तिः) did not share the same essence, unlike the three persons of the Christian Trinity who did share the same essence. This makes all the world of difference, for the Trimurti is hence polytheistic, while the Trinity remains monotheistic. –  H3br3wHamm3r81 Aug 8 '13 at 7:52
    
@H3br3wHamm3r81 I live in India, The hindus Do say that all the parts of the trimurti are nothing but the Brahma or the essence, Infact they believe all of them share the same essence "Brahma' they also believe in one God called the 'Brahma' the essence of all creation , hence there is no difference between the concept of trinity and trimurty except that the christian trinity has been obfuscated by contradictory descriptions. –  JesusBoughtIslam Aug 29 '13 at 11:39
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@JesusBoughtIslam: Well, I'm sure they say that all people and things share of Brahma. That's pantheism. The Wiki article on Pantheism describes one Hindu belief from an Upanishad saying, "This whole universe is Brahman, from Brahman to a clod of earth." So you're comparing apples and oranges as Christianity considers pantheism to be heretical. –  H3br3wHamm3r81 Aug 29 '13 at 17:49
    
It is about Hinduism, not Christianity. –  Affable Geek Jul 12 at 0:38
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@AffableGeek We have the comparative religion tag and a good amount of questions with it. The is about Hinduism. It is also about Christianity. I say it's on topic. –  fredsbend the Grinch Jul 12 at 1:37

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One could do a great deal worse than quote another answer:

There are several heresies that one needs to be careful of when discussing a topic such as this. For example, Modalism which declares that God is not three distinct persons, but that He merely reveals himself in three different forms. Or, Arianism which declares that Christ and the Holy Spirit are creations of the Father and not one in nature with Him. Or Partialism which declares that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not distinct persons of the Godhead, but are different parts of God each composing a third of the divine.

Each of the different views of the Trimuti within Hinduism falls into one or more of those camps. My analysis (based on Wikipedia) may not be complete, but I posit this:—

  • Sauram: modalism
  • Vishaivism: Arianism
  • Shavism and Smartism: partialism

So: no, apart from both the Trinity and Trimurti being "three", there are no similarities. Specifically, the Trimurti denies that the three gods are wholly three and wholly one.

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Trimurti and Trinity similarity: The number "Three"

Trimurti and Trinity differences:

  1. Trinity is Father, Son and Holy Spirit while Trimurti is Creator, Preserver and Destroyer.

  2. Trinity is "Three persons in one God". Trimurti is "Three distinct gods"

    1 John 5:7 (NKJV) For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one.

  3. In the Trinity all three persons are participants in the creation while in Trimurti only Brahma is responsible for the creation.

    Genesis 1:2-3 (NKJV) The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

  4. All the three persons in the Trinity always work together and are in agreement. In Trimurti Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer all have different functions.

    John 5:30 (NKJV) I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

  5. Christianity is strictly a monotheistic religion but Hinduism is generally known as polytheistic.

    Deuteronomy 6:4 (NIV) Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one

Just as God is a Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Spirit), Satan also imitates God and creates the Unholy Trinity (Satan, Antichrist, False Prophet) at the end times (Revelation 12-13). An apologist Justin Martyr (100–165 AD) wrote that Satan always imitates God and His prophesies.

When they [wicked demons] heard it predicted through the prophets that Christ was to come, and that impious men would be punished by fire, they put forward a number of so-called sons of Zeus, thinking that they could thus make men suppose that what was said about Christ was a mere tale of wonders like the stories told by the poets. [ . . . ] But, as I will make clear, though they heard the words of the prophets they did not understand them accurately, but made mistakes in imitating what was told about our Christ. (First Apology 54)

The Trimurti also could be one of the ways Satan imitates God in order to make himself like God. Satan always wanted to become like God and that was the reason why Satan was cast out of Heaven (Isaiah 14:12-14).

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This is a great answer except for Just as God is a Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Spirit), Satan also imitates God and creates the Unholy Trinity (Satan, Antichrist, False Prophet). The words in italic being the problematic ones. I do not see the equating of Holy Spirit to false prophet. Any supporting material? –  FMS Aug 15 at 19:18
    
@FMShyanguya According to many Eschatologists, Revelation 12-13 gives us a picture of the Unholy Trinity which will appear at the end-times. –  Mawia Aug 19 at 5:40
    
Thank you for the reply. I guess it is something I haven't encountered in Catholic circles. It could be there but I am not familiar with it. But I guess if the Holy Spirit has spoken through the prophets, then what you have presented id not remote. –  FMS Aug 19 at 6:48

No, they are entirely different. Whatever the new definitions being given by Wikipedians to Trimurti and Brahman, the original Vedas and Puranas has countless stories of bloody wars between the various gods/goddesses, and even wars between the devotees being supported by the different gods/goddesses.

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This is the equivalence between the Trinity and the Trimurti:

  • Shiva - Transformer/Destroyer - Will, Power and Strength - corresponds to the 'Father' in Christianity.

  • Vishnu - Preserver/Sustainer - Love and Wisdom - corresponds to the 'Son' in Christianity.

  • Brahma - Creator - Creative Intelligence - corresponds to the 'Holy Spirit' in Christianity.

Here is an interesting comparison between Christianity and Hinduism (also Islam)

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Does this represent a Christian answer? Can you show and Christian groups who would make these identifications? –  curiousdannii Jul 11 at 21:53
    
@curiousdannii Maybe it's not that Christians would make these identifications but Hindus would. –  fredsbend the Grinch Jul 14 at 15:06

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