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Featured Question about Brahman

Discussion in 'Interfaith Discussion' started by Psalm23, Jul 20, 2021 at 1:16 PM.

  1. Psalm23

    Psalm23 Active Member

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    Sometimes I have seen people post on here that they are Brahman. What does that statement mean?
     
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    I consider myself a fledgling Hindu and I'm not sure where they are pulling this from, what Scriptures, or if they just came to that conclusion on their own. However, I find a lot of Hindus could have a similar belief going on to Panentheists, where we are all part of the god/Brahman yet it also extends beyond that. So basically, I guess... we're a part of God in this case?
     
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  3. Meerkat

    Meerkat He's not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy.

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    "I am Brahman" (Aham Brahmasmi) is one of the four principal Mahavakyas.
    It's a realisation rather than a belief.

    Mahāvākyas - Wikipedia
     
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    The 'I' that is being referred to here isn't the 'I' of the ego, or the personality. It is the 'I' of the being, at it's deepest depth. At the central core of all is Brahman. So as another poster has indicated, it's not an intellectual concept but a realisation, and a deep one at that. Unfortunately, some neo-Advaitins have turned it into just that.
     
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    George-ananda Advaita Vedanta, Theosophy, Spiritualism
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    In simple language we are saying there is One cosmic Consciousness (Brahman) that we are all a part of. Once we liberate ourselves through love and effort from our finite individual-seeming consciousness we experience Brahman-Realization.
     
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    Self-denial. They are Maya.
     
  7. Psalm23

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    What does Maya mean?
     
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    The world of us mortals. We are born and die and born again and die again and we don't choose our forms.
     
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    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    Maya is the principle of ignorance and to me especially ignorance of our deepest nature. Some might say that maya is the illusion that the world of the senses is real.
     
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    In the Bible is said something similar (refering to God's Name) like "I Am That I Am".
    In Hinduism some say "thou art that" (Tat Twam Asi) or "Aham Brahmasmi".

    “The voice of God can be heard only in the depth of silence”,
    "Silence is the language of the Wise",
     
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    Would it be right to say that the Biblical God is responsible for evil in the world in the sense that He created everything but the Hindu God is actually doing the evil in the world.
     
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    Doesn't sound like a Hindu belief.
     
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    Oh yeah that makes total sense, lol.

    Hindus don't even believe in evil, let alone our loving God being responsible. But you're free to think that. (My God good, your God bad)
     
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    Oh you know, those evil Hindus, they not like us, they bad! They practice cannibalism, murder anyone that come near, and drink the blood of bats.
     
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    I have a very Western understanding and acceptance of Hinduism in some ways, agreeing with the idea of the trimurti. So we have Brahman, Vishnu, and Shiva in my world. For starters.

    Brahman I view as being us and also beyond us, but not someone I've ever really prayed to.

    Vishnu, I see as a fairly just god that I sometimes prayed to. Krishna was also a common character in my private spiritual life.

    Shiva is an interesting one. It's like he's good and darkness, light and destruction. And I've spent a lot of time with him.

    I acknowledge these gods as valid. However, I further carved my spiritual path by deciding to dedicate my life to Shiva and make him also a sort of Brahman, if you will. I started following a Kashmir Shaivism path.
     
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    I also see the Hindu goddesses as aiding these gods, and important. However, I'm not educated enough to speak on that particular subject, yet.
     
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    Maybe not but if God is everything in Hinduism then God is doing everything.
     
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    The illusion that we are a separate being from everything else.
     
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    This is a serious question about Hinduism. If God is everything that God is doing everything, all the good and all the evil.
    And notice that I did say that the Biblical God is responsible for evil in the sense that God created everything
    If Hindus don't even believe in evil then why karma?
     
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    Brahman is us and beyond us, in my mind. So if I broke the law, does that mean Brahman also broke the law? Or rather, can we not really think in any of those terms in regards to Hinduism?
     
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