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The gods long for life as human beings (I learned this from a saintly gursikh).

According to my understanding:

  1. Brahma is the creator of the Vedas
  2. Vishnu incarnated in many bodies (avtaars) to propogate dharma
  3. Shiva fights demons like Chandi does

None of them are merged in God and have some haumai (ego). Krishna said he was God but he was simply the form of Vishnu. Gods exist just as humans, animals, plants, minerals, and angelic and demonic beings do. Guruji says there are 33 mllion!

Gods are given such false high authority that it is very hard to attain mukti (liberation). The goddess Durga even met Guru Gobind Singh in his previous incarnation as Dusht Daman (as the legend says). He was in such high bhagti (devotion) that he was far beyond the gods and assisted her in destroying many demons. Even by speaking with the radiant Tenth King she couldn't merge with God.

The gods will someday attain a human life and merge though. When? When God gives his glance of grace. Everybody will attain liberation before the universe is destroyed. That includes those not in this physical plane - but in celestial realms too. This is what guru says in his bani. The universe will then consume itself and begin again one day.

Also, some gods carry out deeds in Waheguru's Darbar (Court of God) and other places. Some like Chitr and Gupt are referred to as angels though, although they are semi-gods. It is hard to explain, but not really neccesary to.

So yes, to conclude, the gods are in bondage like the rest of us. That is why they're here. It is just a part of the wheel of reincarnation. Someday their wheel will turn and they will start again here on Earth in the search of Waheguru.

Oh Dhan Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji! You've come to save this Dark Age!!!

May Waheguru bless you in all of your endeavours! Gurfateh!