[Advaita-l] Shankara authenticates Shiva as the son of Brahma

Venkatraghavan S agnimile at gmail.com
Sat Aug 13 06:53:14 CDT 2016

Sure. Wherever such a birth is talked about, it has to be treated as a
notional one. When the shAstras talk of Rama's birth or Krishna's birth, it
has to simply be understood as Ishvara taking a sharIra through his mAyA.
Similarly in the taittiriya AraNyaka when discussing the pravargya ritual,
there is a story of VishNu's head being cut off and that disembodied
becoming the sun.

All these births and deaths are only to be taken as arthavAda, merely
notional to illustrate a deeper truth. Ishvara who takes many forms such
Shiva, Vishnu etc through his mAya has neither birth nor death.


On 13 Aug 2016 12:24 p.m., "D Gayatri" <dgayatrinov10 at gmail.com> wrote:

> //There he is talking about Rudra, an amsha of Lord Shiva. The amshA is
> created, not the amshi. That does not mean that he holds Shiva himself to
> be a created entity.//
> If that is your reading, then so be it. From my perspective, I do not find
> evidence to support your reading. Birth of Rudra is mentioned even in Sruti
> like Satapatha and Kausitaki brahmanas.

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