It really depends on which ‘Hinduism’ you’re checking.
This may sound strange, as many seem to believe hinduism to be polytheistic or even idolatrous. In the case of some sects this is true; but the orthodox hindu schools believe in a god composed of three persons: Vishnu (think Jesus),Shiva(think God the father in the
OT), and Brahma (think the holy spirit/the father in the NT). I was wondering what everyone’s opinions were on this; whether Ive had some sort of revelation or if I’m just crazy.
Your Brother In Christ,
Yes, the Trimurti - Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, Shiva the destroyer - is often likened to the Trinity (especially by early modern missionaries who were too keen to find anything that was remotely similar to Christian beliefs), but in reality the concept is really just one of the many different ways or ideas about the divine. (One that didn’t really catch on eventually.) In fact, you might say that there are almost no actual Hindu school today that holds a belief in the Trimurti as such. For example:
Vaishnavites (those who believe in Vishnu as supreme Deity) consider both Brahma and Shiva to be subordinate deities to Vishnu (Brahma for example is often pictured as arising out of a lotus that sprouted from Vishnu’s navel). Shiva is identified as Vishnu’s greatest devotee; he is not independent of Vishnu.
Shaivites (those who consider Shiva the supreme Deity) hold that Brahma and Vishnu are just two forms or functions of Shiva. Shiva in Shaivism is often associated with five actions: creation, preservation, dissolution/destruction, concealing grace, and revealing grace. Brahma (= Shiva as creator), Vishnu (= Shiva in his preserving aspect), and Rudra (Shiva in his destructive aspect) are but three ‘forms’ or aspects of Shiva as doer of those functions.
Shaktism considers Shakti or Devi (the Goddess) as the supreme Godhead: Vishnu, Shiva and all the other gods are basically just her creations/manifestations.
The Smarta tradition considers five or six gods (instead of just three) to be different yet equal manifestations of the single Deity: Vishnu, Shiva, Ganesha, Devi/Shakti and Surya (the sun god). (Another deity, Kartikeya/Murugan, another son of Shiva, is sometimes included as the sitxh.) A devotee can have a personal/favorite/patron god without having to accord the other deities a lesser status: they are all equal.
I’m just talking in general terms here.
(Out of the three, Brahma is the least important deity: he is only one that doesn’t have a school that considers him to be the Supreme Deity.)