200+ Names and Titles for God
The idea came to see how many names or titles for the indescribable, ineffable Divine could be found.
Indeed, in this endeavour one is trying to do the impossible by trying to describe what cannot be put into words, but the effort still happens out of devotion to and love for God / Divine.
Sri Anandamayi Ma, an Indian Saint (1896 – 1992) and described as “the most perfect flower the Indian soil has produced”, said:
All names given to God have the same power. You can reach your destination by taking any name you like. (eg Brahman, Vishnu, Krishna, Rama, Shiva, Ganapatya, Hari.) The more intense your sadhana, the quicker you reach Him. Take it lightly, and you take more time. The fact that you are aware that of your incapacity to concentrate on God’s name is also His grace. Even though not interested take the Name as a medicine. This will also have a good result. You will improve. God’s names is not like worldly medicine that acts at times and at other times does not; God’s name invariably bears fruit.
Such amazing words. Names for God can lead us to Him. All names are sacred. Such a wondrous, beautiful saint was Sri Anandamayi Ma.
As to the first name of God, Bhagvan Sri Ramana Maharshi said that ‘I’ is the original name of God:
The one, infinite, unbroken whole [plenum] became aware of itself as ”I”. This is its original name. All other names, for example Om, are later growths.’
– Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, talk no. 9
The enlightened Jnani, Robert Adams, also stated how powerful saying the name of God can be:
Saying the name of God repeatedly is very powerful. You can do this internally. But do it. Watch what happens. You are lifting yourself up to a beautiful Reality. A bright and shining Reality. This becomes your Reality. This is the power you have to completely change your day. Your consciousness. The more you do this, the deeper you dive within it, the stronger it becomes. – Robert Adams
The list is omni-denominational ie no religion is excluded – for God is not religious. I think the list will end up a long one. Of course this is mainly a list in English – were we to make it a list for all languages I think there would not be a longer list to describe anything else that could be conceived! As a related thought just think how few are the words are to describe the person/human/you/me/them. Yet for God the names are really without end.
If you wish to join in a Kirtan (sacred mantra music) and recite God’s name ‘Bhagwan’ (the word for God in Sanskrit), here is the amazing music of Krishna Das. Jaya or Jai means victory or victorious.
And without further ado, here are 200+ names and titles for God. En-joy.
List of Names for God
|ALL IN ALL|
|ALL THAT IS|
|ALL PERVADING SELF|
|ALL PERVASIVE ONE|
|ALWAYS THE SAME|
|GREAT I AM|
|I AM THAT I AM|
|LORD OF ALL|
|LORD OF CREATION|
|LORD OF EXISTENCE|
|LORD OF LORDS|
|LORD OF THE UNIVERSE|
|MOST EXALTED ONE|
|ROOT OF CREATION|
|SHANG TI 上帝 ( HANYU PINYIN: SHÀNG DÌ) (LITERALLY: KING ABOVE)|
|THAT I AM|
|THE ABSOLUTE TRINITY|
|THE ALL PERVADING CONSCIOUSNESS|
|THE ALL PERVADING LOVE|
|THE ETERNAL NOW|
|THE EVERYTHING AND THE NOTHING|
|THE EVOLUTIONARY ABSOLUTE|
|THE GREAT I AM|
|THE GREAT LIFE|
|THE GREAT LIVING GOD|
|THE GREAT ONENESS|
|THE GREAT SPIRIT|
|THE GREAT UNIFIED FIELD|
|THE GREAT VOID|
|THE HIGH GOD|
|THE UNIVERSAL ONE|
|THE UNIVERSE SELF|
|TOTAL PRE AND POST BIG BANG REALITY|
|ULTIMATE UNITY OR ONENESS|
|ULTIMATE UNIVERSE REALITY|
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