[Advaita-l] nirvisesha brahman

Rajaram Venkataramani rajaramvenk at gmail.com
Fri Aug 26 15:18:56 CDT 2011

Thanks - the Bhagavatam reference is very direct on the nature of Ishwara
and so is avisesha. But I have heard that the very term nirvisesha is used
in the upanishads.

On Fri, Aug 26, 2011 at 2:45 AM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 7:37 PM, Rajaram Venkataramani <
> rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:
> > The term nirguna brahman and saguna brahman are used repeatedly in
> sastras.
> > I have heard that the term nirvisesha brahman is also used in the
> > upanishads. Can someone please point me to that and shankaracharya's
> > commentary to that?
> To my knowledge the term 'nirvisheSham' is not found in any of the popular
> Upanishads (for which there are commentaries by Shankaracharya, etc.).
>  Yet,
> in the shAnkarabhAShyam we do find the term used in the sense of
> 'निरस्तसर्वोपाधि’ (one bereft of all upAdhis).
> Of course the word finds occurrence in the srImadbhAgavatam.  One popular
> place is the Devaki's stuti just upon the birth of Lord Krishna.  Here the
> words 'nirguNam' and 'nirvisheSham'  also 'sattAmAtram' occur.  (10.3.24)
> Madhva has quoted a Buddhist verse in his Tattvodyota to substantiate his
> contention that Advaita is no different from Buddhism:
> निर्विशेषं स्वयंभातं निर्लेपमजरामरम् ।
> शून्यं तत्त्वमविज्ञेयं मनोवाचामगोचरम् ॥ ३
> While commenting on the above I have shown that the term 'avisheShaH' is
> found in an Upanishad which is cited (without the name of the upanishad) by
> Sri Paramashivendra Saraswati in his 'vedAntanAmaratnasahasram'.  This word
> means no different from the word 'nirvisheSham'.
> > If possible, I would like to know how Ramanuja and
> > Madhwa comment on the term nirvisesha.
> >
> I am unaware of the above.  Maybe the Madhva school has a meaning to give
> for the above term in the Bhagavatam cited above.
> Regards,
> subrahmanian.v
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