[Advaita-l] nirguNa brahma

Shrinivas Gadkari sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 10 00:06:22 CDT 2010

Namaste Shri Bhattacharjya,

For example, consider the gaNapati atharva shIrSa upaniSad where we see 
statements like : tvam guNa trayAtIta  ... tvam shakti tryAtmaka ...
To me this seems to be a reference to a state where tri-guNa-s are transcended 
but the tri-shakti-s operate.



Any scriptural reference?


Here is a somewhat different viewpoint:

We will use the tattva-s as enumerated by shaiva-shAkta darshana-s.

Agreed at the level of nirgUna brahma tri guNa-s are transcended.
But at least the five shakti-s that are beyond the three guNa-s can 
exist: cit, Ananda, iccha, jnAna, and kriyA. So:
- using jnAna shakti it would be possible to "know" the creation, 
- using kriyA shakti it would be possible to support "maintenance" of creation, 
- using iccha shakti it would be possible to give creation "new directions".

hari om,



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