TROTA | CHAPTER 4 | SEL0466 | SWAMI KRISHNANANDA
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Ishvara is the Absolute BRAHMAN working through the Universe .
This is the Nature of Reality as appearing to put on all names , all forms and all actions , though these three aspects are the one being , the Self ( Brih . Up . I . 6 ) .
The Upanishads do not make much practical difference between Ishvara and BRAHMAN , and hold that " BRAHMAN is both the Formed and the Formless " ( Brih . Up . II . 3 . 1 ) .
They voice both the Phenomenal and the Absolute points of view .
The proofs for the existence of Ishvara really turn to be proofs for the existence of BRAHMAN .
In fact there cannot be any strictly logical proof for the existence of an Ishvara who is different from BRAHMAN .
The moment we admit something which distinguishes Ishvara from BRAHMAN , we bring forward a reality which is neither Ishvara nor BRAHMAN .
The Absolute which is ever consistent with Itself does not allow in any extraneous principle which would limit Pure Existence .
Ishvara is BRAHMAN defined by the creative will .
SOURCE | SATYAVEDISM.ORG