Brahman by Jayaram V
If the Vedas are the heart of Hinduism, Brahman is the heart and soul of the Vedas. This book is a theistic representation of the highest God of Hinduism, Brahman, based on my study and understanding of the Samhitas, the Upanishads and various schools of Hindu philosophy. Brahman is not God in the traditional sense. To describe Him as God from the narrow and simplistic perspective of a religious dogma is to diminish His immensity and unconditional universality. Nor is He a mere Creator in the traditional sense of a magician or a miracle worker. He does not entirely fit into the traditional dualistic views of God with which we are familiar. He reveals Himself to the extent you unwind yourself. He manifests when you disappear into yourself. He is the ultimate and absolute principle, who is the source of all sources. He is the God of gods and creator of the creator gods. He is the mysterious force that moves everything, yet remains incognito. Our words are inadequate to describe Him and our intellect is insufficient to understand Him. Although He is the highest God of Hinduism, He is relatively unknown and rarely spoken about except in spiritual circles as the inmost Self or the universal Self. The Vedas are all about Brahman. The knowledge of the Vedas is traditionally deemed the knowledge of Brahman. Its secrets are hidden in the subtle nuances of sounds coming from the heavens rather than the intellect of the human minds. Hidden within the Vedas are the mystic sounds filled with the power and presence of Brahman. However, few people know that the Vedas are not about gods but about Brahman. They do not know that the structure of the Vedas is consistent with the Vedic worldview, which revolves around Brahman and in which there is an equal emphasis on balance, order and the need to pursue both material and spiritual goals. I hope from this work the readers will get a glimpse of the supreme Brahman and His importance in the continuity of the eternal tradition we know as Hinduism. From Author's Note, Brahman, by Jayaram V Product Information SBN/SKU: 193576005X ISBN13/ EAN13: 978-1-935760-05-4 Title: BrahmanBook Type: B&W 6 x 9 in or 229 x 152 mm Perfect Bound on Creme Page Count: 182 Contents Author’s Note 9 Brahman, in the Vedic Tradition 11 Brahman as Power and Potency 15 The Symbolism of Food 23 The Ritual Brahman We Have Forgotten 28 I Know Him and I Know Him Not 34 Thou Art That 38 The Creator and the Created 41 Brahman as the Sacred Sound 44 Brahman in Temple Worship 48 Brahmavidays – Ways to Realize Brahman 54 The Creator God of the Upanishads 64 The Attributes of Brahman 71 Brahmopasana – The Paths To Liberation 78 Brahman as Isvara, the Personal God 86 Brahman and Brahma Prajapati 91 Nidhidhyasana – The Contemplation of Brahman 99 Brahman and the Brahman Priest 107 Difficulties in Knowing Brahman 114 Aspects of Brahman 117 Hinduism and the Belief in one God 127 Elements of Monotheism in Early Vedic Tradition 130 The Paradox of Knowing Brahman 148 Brahman and Atman, the Individual Self 151 Bhagavan – The Glorious God 158 Brahman in Advaita and Dvaita Schools 160 The Glossary of Brahma (n) and Related Words 166 Bibliography 174
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