[Advaita-l] Re: Vedas and Gods mentioned in them (Guru Venkat)

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 19 12:39:01 CDT 2003

>I have a general question about the Vedas and the gods mentioned in them. I 
>remember reading
>somewhere that ' Brahman ' and ' Ishwara ' are the only two names that come 
>up as the supreme
>Godhead in the vedas.

That is a stretch, to say the least.

>Do Narayana, Shiva and Brahma ( not Brahman of the Vedas ) come up at all ?
>Do the Upanishads mention these Gods ?

They are all mentioned in the Upanishads and overall in the Vedas, but the 
preferred term for the supreme is brahman or parabrahman. In Sankara's 
commentaries, you find brahman, ISvara, parabrahman and parameSvara as 
preferred terms.


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