[Advaita-l] Why should Brahman be without form or attributes?

D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ dvnsarma at gmail.com
Mon Jun 18 00:56:40 CDT 2012

All this is because of our selfishness. We want god to be approachable,
have ears
to hear our pleas, have form so that we can see him, have a compassionate
heart to sympathize
with our needs etc. Thus we want a saguna Brahman. But if he is just one
like us how can he fulfill
our desires? So we want him infinite (formless) Omniscient, Omnipotent,
Omnipresent so that he can know,
be capable of immediately deliver our desires. Man creates his God is a
saying not without some merit.


On Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM, Suresh <mayavaadi at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Namaste,
> Let's say Brahman has form and attributes. In what way would it affect
> advaita? Why can't advaita still be right even if we admit Brahman to be
> saguna only and not nirguna? Is this nirguna concept indispensable?
> I can understand concepts like maya, avidya etc. as indispensable - they
> explain the wrong identification of self with not self, duality in this
> world, and so on. But I don't see how advaita would collapse by rejecting
> nirguna brahman concept.
> Please remember ... this thread isn't about whether nirguna concept is
> right or wrong (so please don't post a thousand posts on that and digress)
> but whether advaita would still be right without it.
> Regards,
> Suresh
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