[Advaita-l] Is Brahman saguNa or nirguNa or aguNa?
Venkata sriram P
venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Thu May 12 07:53:53 CDT 2011
Hari Om Shri Sriramji, Pranaams!
parasya brahmaNaH vAcaka-rUpeNa pratimAvat pratIkarUpeNa ca parabrahma-pratipatti-sAdhanatvena manda-madhyama-buddhInAM vivakShitasya o~NkArasya upAsanaM kAlAntare muktiphalam uktaM yat, BGB 8.12
In Shri Guru Smriti,Br. Pranipata Chaitanya
Thanks a lot for indicating this and i referred the Sankara Bhashya which is
exactly the same.
But Shri Paramananda Bharati slightly differs with the concept of "AlaMbana" &
"pratima" in his work "vedanta prabodham". His Holiness says "AlaMbana"
is the "AdhAra" or "pratiShTA" that defines saguNa brahman whereas
pratima in the form of sAlagrAma / linga etc. is the representation on which kArya brahma tattva is superimposed for chitta ekAgrata.
AlaMbana leads to "Chitta Shuddhi" whereas pratima leads to "Chitta Ekagrata".
The vidyAs described in Chandogya Shruti are AlaMbana whereas the mUrti pUja is pratIka.
BTW, His Holiness further states that praNava can be contemplated both in terms of
AlaMbana & pratIka as the shruti says "yO vEdAdau svaraH prOktO vEdAntE cha
pratiShTitaH....." and also as the parabrahma-vAcaka which is a pratIka.
Any mistakes in my understanding, i stand corrected.
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