The monks at the Kauai Hindu Monastery, on the island of Kauai, publish the HimalayanAcadamy.com website for further study of the Hindu religion. They explain that, according to Hindu tradition, an omnipotent and all-encompassing power known as Brahman exists in the universe. This energy is divine in nature, eternal and unchanging, and is embodied by three separate gods or deities; Brahma the creator, Vishnu the protector, and Shiva the destroyer.
As these three gods interact, the universe is continually being renewed; Brahma creates life, Vishnu protects and preserves what is good while Shiva destroys harmful qualities that result in negative karma.
This process of birth, death, and rebirth continues in a cycle that represents the Hindu concept of reincarnation.