[Advaita-l] Whether the question of creation from Brahman is valid

sreenivasa murthy narayana145 at yahoo.co.in
Thu Jul 4 02:38:32 EDT 2019

 Dear Sri Sudhanshu Shekar,
 I  strongly  feel  that  you  should  ask  Brahman  directly 
for  all  the  answers  to  your  questions pertaining  to  HIM  because  the  answers  from  HIM  ONLY
 will  be  authentic.  The answers  from  the  learned  members 
 may  not  be  authentic  if  they  do  not  personally 
 know  Brahman.  There  is  no  use  in  getting  answers 
 which  are  not  authentic  because  usually  such  answers   
  will be  wrong.

With respectful namaskars,Sreenivasa Murthy

    On Thursday, 4 July, 2019, 11:23:47 am IST, Sudhanshu Shekhar via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:  
 Hari Om,

"How can the world come about from nishkriya Brahman" - is it a valid
question in Advaita VedAnta? The confusion arises because this process of
"coming about" - in whichever manner - must necessarily involve change
which will contradict the nishkriyatva and changelessness of Brahman.

So my doubt is - whether this question itself is permissible to be asked in
Advaita VedAnta. My point is that this question is impermissible.


Because when we ask this question, it implies that we have got certain
"idea" about Brahman. We are imputing the dharma of "nishkriyatva" and
"changelessness" to Brahman whereas Brahman is stated as nirdharmaka. When
Shruti uses the word nishkriya or satya for Brahman, then it is not state
satyatva or nishkriyatva as the dharma of Brahman, but as lakshana of
Brahman with at intent to withdraw our vision from kriyavaan and
asatya-vastu (which can pretty well be understood).

Therefore, the very question as to how of creation from Brahman should be
impermissible in Advaita VedAnta because without having "some
understanding" of Brahman, this question is not possible AND no
understanding is possible about Brahman.

I would appreciate the views of learned members here.

Sudhanshu Shekhar.
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