Brahman: Nirguṇa and Saguṇa

Arvind Sharma

in Classical Hindu Thought

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195658712
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199082018 | DOI:
Brahman: Nirguṇa and Saguṇa

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One of the clearest enunciations of the Hindu concept of God is found in the Taittirīya Upanishad II.1: Satyam jñānam anantam brahma. It is commonplace in the discussion of Hindu philosophy to maintain that Brahman may be taken to mean either saguna or nirguna Brahman. However, the two are not clearly mutually exclusive but represent two standpoints of viewing the same reality. This chapter demonstrates how this description of the self-same Brahman is understood in a dual sense. That the description of the Taittirīya Upanishad applies to Brahman alone is clearly stated in the Brahmasūtra.

Keywords: God; Hinduism; dual understanding; saguna; nirguna; Taittirīya Upanishad; Hindu philosophy; Brahmasūtra

Chapter.  8063 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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