Bhagavad kr^pa (grace of God)

Vaidya N. Sundaram sundaram at ECN.PURDUE.EDU
Wed Jan 7 10:06:46 CST 1998

On Tue, 6 Jan 1998, Gummuluru Murthy wrote:

> Now, let us take it a step further. By God's grace, we mean Saguna
> Brahman's (personal God's) grace. It is so, because Nirguna Brahman
> is beyond the characteristics of grace. Further, we are Nirguna Brahman
> and Nirguna Brahman's grace to the individual soul is an oxymoron.
> Also, Saguna Brahman, although controller of mAya, is also a product
> of mAya. Thus, when we say that there is a supreme God (Saguna Brahman)
> who will enable the devotee to attain moksha, we are still in mAya.


 I would like to give here an example that I guess is quite popular in
regards to explaining the differnece between Saguna Brahman and Nirguna

 Consider light. It has all the colours that exist. yet, the simple fact
that the colours are all combined makes LIGHT colourless. Similarly, I
consider the difference between Nirguna Brahman and Saguna Brahman is not
a result of Maya. The fact that Brahman is embodied with all Gunas makes
it Saguna and thus makes it Nirguna. They are one and the same; they are
ever present in each other. So, saying that Divine mercy is required and
appealing to Saguna Brahman is not an indicator of we being covered by
maya. If members feel this point of view is wrong for specific reasons,
kindly point it out.


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