Understanding God or Brahman – Reflections from Vedanata (Taittriya Upanishad)

Swami Sarvpriyananda discusses the concept of God from the Taittitriya Upanishad, Sholka 2:1. Actually, a better term to use for Hindus is Brahman, instead of God. God has become such a loaded word, thanks to Hinduism ceding too much ground to Abrahamic religions. The idea of God that you will experience here is neither the comforting nor the fiercely judgemental idea of God of  Islam, Christianity.

Enter this talk with an open mind, without defense, without expectations of reaffirming your current ideas of God, and the Swami will take you on a journey of re-defining your relationship with the Creator as well as the created.

This is an absolutely brilliant talk, seeped in tough logic. Stay with it. You will be hooked.

— Some notes —

No space where it does exist
No point in time when it does exist
Not limited to being a particular entity/identity

What then follows, implies:

No space where it does not exist : OMNIPRESENT
No time when it did not exist : ETERNAL (Nityam / Sanatan)
No identity/entity is separate from it : NON-DUAL (Advaita)

Does a wave exist?

Or does the water appear as a wave?

Does the chalk exist?
Or does existence appear as a chalk?

Is there any entity outside of existence?

Instead of things having “existence”, it is existence that has things.

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If you want to experience existence, it must have a form. For existence to be appreciated, it must have a name and a form.

Source: Vivekananda Samiti



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