Bhagavad kr^pa (grace of God)

Gummuluru Murthy gmurthy at MORGAN.UCS.MUN.CA
Thu Jan 8 10:40:58 CST 1998

On Wed, 7 Jan 1998, Vaidya N. Sundaram wrote:

>  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
> Brahman.
>  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.
> Vaidya.


As I understand: The above analogy may not be entirely appropriate. As
Shri Sadananda pointed out, Saguna Brahman and mAya cannot be separated,
while Nirguna Brahman is beyond mAya.

I always view Nirguna Brahman as that quietness, stillness on which
everything is superposed. I visualize ourselves as tiny bubbles with
no reality, superposed on that vast very quiet body of water. Just like
that bubble has no individuality, we do not have individuality either,
but merge with water again and again. But, we falsely think we have
individuality and in order to explain our falsely proclaimed
individuality, we invoke Saguna Brahman. Although it may be controversial,
let me state that without invoking Saguna Brahman, we can feel our direct
identity with Nirguna Brahman.

Gummuluru Murthy
... aham bhAvodayAbhAvo bodhasya paramAvadhih ...
                        Shri Shankara in Viveka ChuDAmaNi (verse 424)

The end of the rise of the sense of "I" of the ego is the culmination of

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