[Advaita-l] brahma according to Gita
sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 12 01:53:00 EDT 2017
In this post I am going to share a somewhat controversial
viewpoint on the all important topic of "brahma". Please read
it with an open mind.
- In the vedic literature, "akSara" is a technical term and refers to
a very high level tattva. Examples, Gita 8.11 : "that which is referred
to as "akSara" by those who know the veda-s, Br. Ar. Up 3.8.8 : dialogue
between yAjnavalkya and gArgi.
- It this THIS "akSara" tattva that Gita 8.3 equates to brahma.
- The collective consciousness that operates at the level of this
"akSara" tattva is known as "akSara puruSa".
- In the what can be easily termed as the most mysterious section of
Gita (15.16, 15.17, 15.18), "uttama puruSa" has been placed above
"akSara puruSa". In other words, the brahma tattva is SUBORDINATE
to "puruSottama" / "uttama puruSa".
- Now coming to another debatable shloka of Gita - 13.12.
Reading-1 : "anAdi matparam brahma, na sat tat na asat ucyate"
Reading-2 : "anAdi-mat param-brahma, na sat tat na asat ucyate"
Reading-1 means : That brahma which is anAdi (beginning-less) is
subordinate to Me, and is neither good/ auspicious (sat) nor
bad/ evil (asat). Reading-2 avoids the "subordinate to ME" interpretation.
(I am convinced that in Gita, "sat" and "asat" are to be interpreted
as good and bad respectively - see Gita 17.26-28).
- From above considerations both readings of Gita 13.12 are valid if we
treat the reference point "ME" in this shloka as "puruSottama" /
- So according to Gita, "brahma" is NOT the ULTIMATE TRUTH. This place is
reserved for "puruSottama" / "uttama puruSa".
I have shared my understanding here. I do not wish to/ have time to enter
into a debate on this topic, however other list members are free to do so.
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