The Realisation of the Absolute : 4.5.6.



Chapter 4: The Nature of Reality : 5.6
5. Brahman as God or Ishvara-6.

The personal Ishvara is not opposed to the impersonal Brahman, but is Brahman only as we understand it.
But we, as individuals, are relative, and our relative views are bound to be sublated and transcended in a higher experience.
The precision of the discriminative faculty is compelled to adopt an extreme of spiritual unworldliness, whether or not it is pleasing to our weaker human side.

Our inability to embrace the strictest Truth makes us demand a God who is relative to the empirical world.
Saner perception, however, does not condescend to accept the permanent reality of a cosmic objective God, as the form of objective existence is not independent of the processes of the subjective consciousness.
If all appearances are unintelligible, Ishvara who can only be an appearance of the Real, is equally unintelligible.

It is not Brahman that changes itself into God and the world, but the knowing subject that takes Brahman as such.
When thought is no more, the individual is annulled, and together with it Ishvara and the world sink into Pure Being.
It is not possible to rest contented that a personal God is the ultimate Reality, however displeasing this may be to those who do not want to dispense with thinking in terms of the categories of the world.

Swami Krishnananda
  To be continued  ..





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