[Advaita-l] Have you seen God?

Anand N anand.natampalli at gmail.com
Fri Feb 28 11:21:54 EST 2020

Namaste Bhaskarji,

Thank you for your answer :-)
It's interesting that you brought out the distinction between seeing God
and the enquiry into the real nature of the self.

When I was referring to Vedanta literature reference, I meant, if for
example -
The student who is learning about the Self under the Guru in the Upanishad
literature, asks the Guru directly, if he has realised himself.
I'm just curious to know if such a direct question to the Guru from the
student existed and what the answer given by the Guru was.

Om Namo Narayanaya,

On Fri, 28 Feb 2020 at 13:16, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> praNAms Sri Anand prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
> Before you are getting immersed yourself from the bundle to quotes and
> advices from the advaita scholars of this group..my 2 paisa worth
> observation to your questions :
> My questions:
> 1. Isn't it natural that when one meets or studies under a teacher, one
> asks him if he's seen God?
> >  If not natural it is legitimate doubt of the student if at all he is
> approaching the guru specifically for taking his help / guidance to have
> the darshan of 'God'. But advaita's goal is not 'seeing' the god but
> realizing the real nature of enquirer that is YOU.
> 2. Is the traditional view that such a direct question to the Guru is
> inappropriate?
> >  Not at all, a shrotreeya brahmanishta guru never ever say that your
> questions / doubts are unacceptable or untraditional 😊
> 3. Are there such exchanges in the Vedanta literature which i possibly
> haven't yet come across so far? Could you please quote such references if
> they are available.
> >  bhrugur vai vAruNiH...varuNam pitaram upasasAra...taitireeya..he asks
> his father to teach brahman...nachiketa asks somewhat similar question to
> yama in katha, yAjnAvalkya answers Atma svarUpa in bruhadAraNyaka.  Kena
> and prashna shruti-s too helpful.
> >  sOpAdhika brahman is apara and good only for upAsana nirupAdhika
> brahman is jneya brahman who is ultimately nirguNa, niravayava, nirvikAra,
> nirvishesha, nirAmaya, nirvikalpa etc. So, seeing the god comes under
> vyAvahArika satya as there duality holds sway...so says saMpradAyavida 😊
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> bhaskar

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