[Advaita-l] Shankara authenticates Shiva

D Gayatri dgayatrinov10 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 02:19:45 CDT 2016

NB does not create. The one who creates is Ishwara. Since Shankara
implies that Narayana creates and destroys, it is Ishwara he means by
that term.

On 19 August 2016 at 12:37, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 12:12 PM, D Gayatri <dgayatrinov10 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 19 August 2016 at 12:01, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l
>> <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> > For Shankara,if Vishnu, or any deity is formed, it is anātmā and
>> > abrahma.
>> > He has clarified this in the kenopanishat bhashya. The criterion is: if
>> > the
>> > deity is upāsya, as 'he is different and I am different', it is anātmā.
>> > Why? The aspirant cannot identify with that deity as 'I am this'. If the
>> > deity is 'this' then it is anātma. So, only the nirguna chaitanyam is
>> > atma,
>> > brahma, according to Shankara.
>> Ishwara is not Anatma. Nor is jIva Anatma. They are both the Atman
>> with different sets of upadhis. Shankara clarifies this in his BU
>> bhAshya. Otherwise he would never have said that Narayana is
>> paramatman in his BSB.
> That Narayana is NB for Shankara. That is why he is citing more NB specific
> verses along with that verse.

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