[Advaita-l] Anadimatparambrahma

Shrinivas Gadkari sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com
Sat Jul 3 03:50:15 CDT 2010

>> From 8.3 we know that this akSara (Adi mAyA) is what is termed as
>> param brahma. Since uttama puruSa is beyond akSara (Adi mAyA),
>In 8.3, akshara is used as an adjective to describe the highest (param)
>brahman. The reference here is not to the akshara purusha = kUTastha
>of chapter 15. 
Namaste Shri Vidyasankar,
For my own study, I have been trying to arrive at an understanding where
I can make good sense of 15.16, 15.17 and 8.3 and then whole of gItA.
The term "akSara" is not an adjective, but denotes very high level entity 
in the 8th chapter of gItA, and perhaps the entire Gita and perhaps also in the
main upanishads.
For quite sometime I was trying to base my understanding on "param brahma = 
uttama puruSa".
But 8.3 very clearly equates param brahma = akSara, and then 15.16, 15.17
does not make sense. 
Now I am exploring akSara = Adi mAyA, to see if consistent reading of gItA can
be obtained. So far it seems to be okay. As mentioned in the last post, this
does make param brahma subbordinate to uttama puruSa. But I do not see
that as a major issue (so far).
Note: The initial concept of "akSara = mAyA" is directly from sankara bhaAshya 
on 15.16.



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