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

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Mon Aug 15 13:13:18 CDT 2016

On Mon, Aug 15, 2016 at 9:01 PM, Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste
> If Siva, Vishnu and Narayana are all only Concepts but not Gods there
> is no harm to Advaita. If they are particular Gods they must be
> Vyavaharika only and not real. Because Brahman is not a particular God
> like in Dvaita,

This is true. For non-advaitic schools, they must somehow save their God to
see that he is the highest.  For advaita, god, if a person, is anātmā.
abrahma.  In the bhashya, there are two instances where Vishnu is shown as
vyāpanashila, etymologically. One instance where Vishnu is mentioned, along
with Ishwara, Indra, Prana, is in Kenopanishat, where it is a deity and
Shankara says it is anātmā, abrahma.

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