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

D Gayatri dgayatrinov10 at gmail.com
Mon Aug 15 13:31:57 CDT 2016

Vishnu as vyApanashila is not something new that bhagavatpAda has
introduced. It is mentioned in yaska's nirukta and the idea has origins in
the Rig veda itself.

On Monday, 15 August 2016, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

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