[Advaita-l] Why should Brahman be without form or attributes?
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Tue Jun 26 20:12:05 CDT 2012
On Mon, 18 Jun 2012, ramesam vemuri wrote:
> 4. Nirguna as a "concept" is totally dispensable for Advaita because
> Advaita is beyond all 'concepts.'
> 5. Any attribute that we can think of ascribing to a thing depends on
> any of our sensory or mental perceptions (i.e. concepts developed on the
> basis of the five senses and mind). But what is indicated by Brahman is
> beyond the senses and mind. It cannot be 'effed.' So It is said to be
> Ineffable. It follows from the above that concepts like 'maya, avidya
> etc.' are in fact dispensable in Advaita - they are merely explanatory
> artifacts to satisfy a curious mind. Hence Brahman is said to be
It would be fair to say such concepts are dispensable if Advaita Vedanta
were only a theory of metaphysics. But it also aims to be a practical
method for overcoming delusion. Hence maya etc. are necessary for the
mind (not just the curious mind) to overcome its instinctive duality.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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