[Advaita-l] Reconciling advatia with bhAgavata dharma
sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 14 00:20:36 CDT 2007
advaita asserts that even the word purushottama is
only a means of speaking,
and that the real essence of purushottama is
In viSishTAdvaita, at least of the school of rAmAnuja,
the ultimate reality
of purushottama is still qualified by kshara and
akshara, cit and acit, jaDa
and caitanya; and it is therefore always sa-viSesha
(qualified by the
Dear Shri Vidyashankar,
In this discussion, we should take puruSottama to mean
nirguNa brahma, and akshara puruSa to mean saguNa
brahma. In terms of gitA chapter 15 itself:
puruSottama = state where the light of sun, moon, or
fire does not reach.
akSara puruSa = the light which is in the sun, moon
and fire is derived from this state.
Another important point that MUST be mentioned:
Path2 by itself (like technology) can be good or bad
based on how it is treaded. With correct attitue it
leads to supreme good (path of deva-s and bhAgavata-
s), with incorrect attitude it becomes the path of
asura-s. As if anticipating this, the very next topic
that shrI kRSNa takes up after describing the kSara,
akSara puruSa-s and pruSottama, is the distinction
between deva-s and asura-s.
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