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19 April 2012, 03:40 PM
I am just very curious as to why the divine is called "Brahman" according to Sanatana Dharma.
Several sources I have looked at say the word comes from the root meaning "to grow" or "expand." Does this refer to the thought that the One became many?
What does the word tell us about the nature of the divine?
Thank you very much. :)
19 April 2012, 06:25 PM
Vannakkam UL: Wiki gives some entymology. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahman
But as to why something is called what its called, that's a linguistic question for every word in existence, no?
19 April 2012, 06:45 PM
The explanation given by one great saint of Shankaracharya's order is given below :
The word brahman comes from the root brha or brhi, which means knowledge, expansion, and all-pervasiveness. It is that existence which alone exists, and in which there is the appearance of the entire universe. This is a Sanskrit word that denotes that oneness, the non-dual reality, the substratum underneath all of the many names and forms of the universe.
Brahman is not a name of God. These contemplations neither promote nor oppose any particular religious concept of God. Brahman is often described as indescribable. For convenience sake, it is said that brahman is the nature of existence, consciousness, and bliss, though admitting that these words, too, are inadequate.
The real meaning comes only in direct experience resulting from contemplation and yoga meditation.
16 May 2012, 08:36 AM
all life and growth are a result of Brahman. all things are because Brahman is.
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