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  Saguna Brahman - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saguna Brahma, in Hindu philosophy, is God or Supreme Consciousness with gunas (qualities or attributes).
This in contrast with Nirguna Brahman, which is the Supreme Consciousness beyond the gunas.
Saguna Brahman is sometimes equated with Ishvara, in turn often equated with a certain personal manifestation of God in human form (such as Shiva or Krishna.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Saguna_Brahman   (132 words)

  
 Advaita Vedanta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
He did not mean to negate it, but considered that the ultimate truth was Brahman, the one divine ground that is beyond time, space and causation.
Brahman is immanent and transcendent, but not merely a pantheistic concept.
Indeed, while Brahman is the efficient and material cause for the cosmos, Brahman itself is not limited by its self-projection and indeed transcends all binary opposites/dualities, especially such individuated aspects as form and being, since it is incomprehensible by the human mind.
www.bidprobe.com /en/wikipedia/a/ad/advaita_vedanta.html   (1580 words)

  
 welcome to jain.4u.ru
Nirguna Brahman has no attributes and, as such, is not an object of prayer but of meditation and knowledge.
Saguna Brahman is the creator, sustainer and controller of the universe.
Saguna Brahman cannot be limited by one form and is therefore worshipped by Hindus in both male and female forms.
www.jain.8k.com /hinduism.html   (913 words)

  
 Brahman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Brahman is also not restricted to the usual dimensional perspectives of being, and thus enlightenment, moksha, yoga, samadhi, nirvana, etc. in the Hindu perspective is not merely coming to know brahman, but to realize one's 'brahman-hood', to actually realize that one is and always was brahman.
Indeed, closely related to the Self concept of brahman is the idea that it is synonymous with jiva-atma, or individual souls, our atman (or soul) being readily identifiable with the greater soul of Brahman.
In the Hindu pantheon, Brahman should not be confused with the first of the Hindu trinity of Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) and Shiva (the Destroyer).
www.mywiseowl.com /articles/Brahman   (917 words)

  
 Brahma Sutras by Swami Sivananda
To the Karya Brahman or Hiranyagarbha or Saguna Brahman (the departed souls are led); (thus opines) the sage Baadari on account of the possibility of its being the goal (of their journey).
Because Saguna Brahman which occupies a definite place, which has a special abode and which is finite can be the goal of a journey.
With the Highest Nirguna Brahman on the other hand, we cannot connect the ideas of one who goes, or object of going or act of going; because that Brahman is present everywhere and is the inner Self of all.
www.swami-krishnananda.org /bs_4/bs_4-3-05.html   (1494 words)

  
 The Philosophy of Life by Swami Krishnananda   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Saguna-Brahman and the Nirguna-Brahman are not two Brahmans, but one and the same reality looked at from two different standpoints, the lower or the Vyavaharika and the higher or the Paramarthika.
Brahman does not change itself into the universe, but the latter emerges from Isvara and exists in Him.
The apparent differences that we observe in the world among the ways in which the individuals are made to experience pleasure and pain are not to be attributed to Isvara as their Inner Ruler but to the Karmas of the individuals themselves.
www.swami-krishnananda.org /phil/phil_09c.html   (1704 words)

  
 Astrology on the Web: Unity in Diversity part 2, Ishvara
Brahman is said to consist in "being-ness" rather than existence because it contains and underlies existence and non-existence, two apparent opposites which both imply a continuity or discontinuity in time.
Pure consciousness manifests through Saguna Brahman, which is said in the Mandukyopanisad to be identical with the OM, the creative fiat, reflected in three forms or states of consciousness, themselves summated in a fourth.
Saguna Brahman, the three sacred letters: mind, matter and Maya; the enjoyer, the objects of enjoyment and the director; the threefold division of material nature; the Sat-chit-ananda —being, consciousness and bliss—all resolve upon final realisation into the ultimate, beyond knowledge, the underlying source and maintenance of all, the Nirguna Brahman:
www.astrologycom.com /unity2.html   (818 words)

  
 advaita vedanta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The axiom that the One brahman is the cause of the many-fold universe is the foundation on which the entire system of advaita ved a nta is based, and numerous efforts have been made over the centuries, to address logical problems arising out of it.
Brahman is also described as devoid of all attributes, along with passages that glorify brahman as is vara, the Lord of this universe, with infinite attributes.
Thus, although brahman is called the instrumental and material cause of the universe, advaita tells us that this is only a preliminary view of brahman, motivated by a need to explain creation of the universe.
www.sanskrit.org /Shankara/shankar3.html   (2996 words)

  
 Saguna Brahman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Saguna Brahman, in Hinduism, is God with personal characteristics or attributes.
Forms of Saguna Brahman include Vishnu or Shiva.
This is in contrast with Nirguna Brahman, or God without form, who can never be defined.
www.worldhistory.com /wiki/S/Saguna-Brahman.htm   (128 words)

  
 Jason Bassford - Brahman and the "Real"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Brahman is that which is inconceivable to our limited minds, or perhaps it would be more accurate to describe it as that which is unknowable to us for, though we cannot know its nature, it is possible for us to conceive of something which we do not, and cannot, know.
Brahman is a philosophical effort to comes to grips with the question, "What is there?" or "What is the nature of existence?" The question is answered by supposing the intrinsic unity of all things (Brahman), of which each one of us is a limited particular.
In fact, if "Brahman is that state which is when all subject/object distinctions are obliterated" then it is also that state which is when all subjective/objective and mind/body distinctions are obliterated, for the notion of the subjective may be derived from the subject and similarly the objective from the object.
www.dante.com /users/jasonb/philosophy/page_brahman.shtml   (3047 words)

  
 Sankara on the Necessity and Nature of Intelligent Creation
Secondly, Brahman is known through its function of being the Self of "every one." Since everyone is self-conscious and does not think "I am not," we can safely say that there is a substrate of existence whereby the "I" is represented and which is discoverable through the process of enquiry.
This is the function of Saguna Brahman, the state of being of Brahman-with-categories.
This entails that Brahman is the source of all knowledge about itself, not in the sense that the God of Western Philosophical theism intentionally reveals "himself" propositionally as an egoistic being, but naturally and reflexively as a man breathing out air.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/billramey/sankara.htm   (4593 words)

  
 VNN Editorial - Gaudiya Vedanta And Saguna Brahman
Brahman is not subject to conditioning under the influence of the gunas.
It is not merely mithya (false), a superimposition on Brahman.
Mahaprabhu taught that the jiva and material nature are Brahman in the sense that they are saktis of Brahman and thus one with Brahman and different from Brahman simultaneously (acintya bhedabheda).
www.vnn.org /editorials/ET0202/ET28-7186.html   (1578 words)

  
 The Advaita Vedânta Home Page - The Philosophy of Advaita   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
There are different theories of causality described by advaita vedAntins, but they are all agreed that brahman is the sole cause of the universe, i.e both the instrumental and the material cause of the universe.
The axiom that the One brahman is the cause of the many-fold universe is the foundation on which the entire system of advaita vedAnta is based, and numerous efforts have been made over the centuries, to address logical problems arising out of it.
brahman is also described as devoid of all attributes, along with passages that glorify brahman as ISvara, the Lord of this universe, with infinite attributes.
www.advaita-vedanta.org /avhp/ad-phil.html   (2679 words)

  
 sanskrit terms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
This form of brahman is sometimes designated as nirgu n a-brahman, brahman devoid of qualities.
Brahman is the essence from which all created beings are produced and into which they are absorbed.
Brahman is sometimes used to denote the syllable Om or the Vedas in general.
www.sanskrit.org /Sanskrit/sanskritterms.htm   (1821 words)

  
 Articles2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Thus Brahman is, ‘The inner essence of humanity… the outer essence of the universe’: stability in a sea of flux.
Finite souls come to be by a self-manifestation of Brahman; yet they remain substantially distinct; and their true destiny is to come to know Brahman, and thereby obtain release from ill, and entrance into a paradisal world of bliss and heightened knowledge of what is real.
According to Sankara saguna Brahman is evidence for the existence of nirguna Brahman.
www.faithnet.org.uk /Articles/articles2.htm   (2079 words)

  
 Saguna Brahman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
SaguNa Brahman does not mean Brahman who is under guNas.
On the other hand, in the anthropomorphic descriptions, God is truly saguNa, God laughs, cries, becomes happy, becomes angry etc, very much unlike the refelction of the nirguNa brahman in the God-connected person (brahmabhutaH prasannAtmA na shochati na kaN^kshati (SBG 18.54) However, this is not true in His lila manifestations.
Such a saguNa brahman might be hiraNyagarbha or brahmA, the Lord of rajaguNa.
www.hindunet.org /srh_home/1996_6/msg00177.html   (156 words)

  
 Christian Response to Hinduism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Advaitic Nirguna Brahman therefore is a myth incapable of creation as long as there is nothing outside of the Brahman.
Brahmans to be a reality capable of creation there has to be an inhomogenity within it.
Sometimes the diversity of Jivas are explained as conditioned Brahman or limitations of Brahman for period just as there are waters in the pools and lakes and rivers.
www.acns.com /~mm9n/hindu/2.htm   (905 words)

  
 Hinduism in a Nutshell
Saguna Brahman, who is the creator of this world, is omnipresent, all-knowing and all powerful.
Saguna Brahman, even though sexless, can be addressed and adored by Hindus as both Mother and Father.
Saguna Brahman is not just the creator, but the preserver and destroyer also.
www.vedanta-seattle.org /pages/hinduism.html   (1658 words)

  
 Hip Forums - Hinduism, Hasidism, and Brahman
Brahman is said to be 'one without a second', so a true experience of unity would be to experience Brahman.
Brahman is beyond intellect, cannot be understood by the mind or through words.
First if brahman manifested in order to be understood, that would imply an entity other than brahman that had to do the understanding.
www.hipforums.com /forums/printthread.php?t=53962   (2219 words)

  
 BRAHMAN (God) in Hinduism by Dr. Subhash C. Sharma
Brahman, as Nirguna, has no attributes (is formless and unmanifested), whereas as Saguna (or Iswara) is manifested and with attributes.
The direct worship of Nirguna Brahman is not possible, because it is not known (as Nirguna) and therefore can not be worshipped.
In the case of Saguna Brahman, there are two types of worship -- one is of a personal God as the Immanent, and the other by using symbols.
www.geocities.com /lamberdar/brahman.html   (1072 words)

  
 EDITOR'S CHOICE: Hindu View of God, Individual and World
The wheel he uses to spin and mold the pot is the instrumental cause, and the clay is the material cause.
Unlike Jewish, Christian and other Western theologies, the predominant Hindu view is that Brahman is the efficient cause, the instrumental cause, as well as the material cause of the universe.
In this eternal sport Brahman manifests in diverse forms in the phenomenal world (creation), stays in that mode for a time (sustenance), and reverts back to the original state (dissolution).
www.adishakti.org /_/hindu_view_of_world_individual_and_world.htm   (1376 words)

  
 Articles - Brahman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Brahman is also not restricted to the usual dimensional perspectives of being, and thus enlightenment, moksha, yoga, samadhi, nirvana, etc. in the Hindu perspective is not merely coming to know brahman, but to realise one's 'brahman-hood', to actually realise that one is and always was brahman.
Connected with the ritual of pre-Vedantic Hinduism, brahman signified the power to grow, the expansive and self-altering process of ritual and sacrifice, often visually realised in the sputtering of flames as they received the all important ghee (clarified butter) and rose in concert with the mantras of the Vedas.
In the Hindu pantheon, Brahman should not be confused with the first of the Hindu Trimurti (= trinity) of Brahma (the Creator), Vishnu (the Preserver) and Shiva (the Destroyer).
www.x-moto.net /articles/Brahman   (601 words)

  
 Saguna Brahman   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Saguna Brahman is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
Brahman : ( Sanskrit) " Supreme Being ; expansive spirit." From the root brih, "to grow, increase, expand." Name of God or Supreme Deity in the Vedas, where He is described as 1) the Transcendent Absolute, 2) the allpervading energy and 3) the Supreme Lord or Primal Soul.
Saguna Brahman : God "with qualities ;" Siva in His perfections of Parashakti and Parameshvara - God as superconscious, omnipresent, allknowing, all-loving and all-powerful.
www.experiencefestival.com /saguna_brahman   (1085 words)

  
 Paragraph Explained by Dharmaraja
There is Brahman, the world soul, the sustaining frame upon which is woven, warp and weft, the cloth of being, with all its decorative elements of space and time.
Brahman saguna is Brahman made manifest to our limited scenes, Brahman expressed not only in God's but in humans, animals, trees, in a handful of earth, for everything has a trace of divine in it.
But one thing is clear: atman seeks to realise Brahman, to be united with the Absolute, and it travels in this life on a pilgrimage where it is born and dies, and is born again and dies again, and again, and again, until it manages to shed the sheaths that imprison it here below.
www.bloopdiary.com /viewentry.php?id=1047&num=31   (1780 words)

  
 Hinduism, Hasidism, and Brahman - Hinduism Forum - Hip Forums
Nirguna Brahman seems similar to the Ayn Sof, which can be known by becoming aware of it, but different because the Ayn Sof begins with the Kabbalistic Creation Story rather than just existing.
Saguna Brahman seems similar to the general understanding of God in Judaism, that being active and creative.
Brahman can be worshipped in any form, but some forms are easier to worship.
www.hipforums.com /forums/showthread.php?p=790212   (2614 words)

  
 Emerson and Sankara
A power within Brahman gave rise to the world of name and form, a world which was taken to be real by souls in ignorance but which eventually came to be known as the unreal product of wrong knowledge merely.
And the important lesson at the level of saguna Brahman was that, yes, the world was an illusion, an illusion that was one day to be transcended, but it was a purposive illusion.
I am verily that Brahman, the One without a second, which is the support of all, which illumines all things, which has infinite forms, is omnipresent, devoid of multiplicity, eternal, pure, unmoved, and absolute.
www.infinityfoundation.com /mandala/i_es/i_es_gordo_comparison.htm   (9210 words)

  
 Man can only worship saguna Brahman - Page 309
Those that are attached to the world of Maya and operate with her influence, won’t see Brahman in virat-Purusha (virat-Purusha is all around us but we don’t comprehend it to be Brahman, we see and interact with it as time, space, names and forms).
I have understood all along that we are all particles of the whole which you could call 'Brahman' if you like...hence the verse of the vedas, Ishwara parama krishna satchindananda vigraha anadir aadir govinda sarva karana karanam...that 'Sri Krishna is the primary cause of all causes...'.
The mind rests in Brahman during sleep and it is from Brahman this bliss is derived.
members.fortunecity.com /sitaram/page309.htm   (1925 words)

  
 Vishnu - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Followers of Vaishnavism, unlike Smartas, do not believe that Vishnu is one of many personal forms of God or Saguna Brahman but believe Him to be the Ultimate Reality (i.e., Brahman) exclusively.
Smartas who follow Advaita philosophy, believe that aspects of God such as Vishnu or Shiva are personal attributes of the impersonal (without attributes) Brahman.
The praise of Indra and other devas in the Vedas are not intended for the particular deity, but for the Supreme Being, Brahman, who is the inner soul of devas and all other beings.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Vishnu   (2166 words)

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