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

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Sat Aug 13 07:34:13 CDT 2016


It is like arguing and worrying what colour is the horse in a dream
you have seen. The horse may be white or black. Who cares? It is only
a dream. Your imagination. From the Supreme Ishwara down to a tiny ant
everything is existing in your imagination. Why fight on some
imagination? Nothing is real except your Self. That Self is Brahman.
The Vedantic Brahman is not Vishnu not Siva or other. It is the Self.

On Sat, Aug 13, 2016 at 5:47 PM, Venkatraghavan S via Advaita-l
<advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Firstly it is arthavAda, not to be taken literally.
> Secondly, you have several similar instances in slokas composed by
> mahAtmAs, some by Shankaracharya himself, where for the benefit of ajnani
> devotees, he says that I am a sinner, ajnAni, please help me Lord. It
> doesn't mean Shankaracharya is an ajnAni or a sinner, it is said on behalf
> of such devotees.
> Thirdly, as I have said Rudra is an amshA. When Sri Rama was lamenting over
> the loss of Sita one cannot say that the sarvajna Narayana is lamenting,
> and for that lament to be cited as a reason to deny Narayana's Ishvaratvam.
> Regards,
> Venkatraghavan
> On 13 Aug 2016 1:02 p.m., "D Gayatri" <dgayatrinov10 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Alright, you have a point. So I will explain why you can't compare birth
>> of Rudra from Prajapati to that of Ishwara taking an incarnation. This is
>> because, the baby Rudra, in the satapatha brahmana episode, cries that he
>> is not free from sins. Certainly, this is not the mark of Ishwara, since
>> Ishwara is always free from sins.
>> Regards
>> Gayatri
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