Meaning of Brahman

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Meaning of Brahman

Shankara told that awareness is Brahman. We are not at all objecting this because the awareness is the greatest item in the creation because of its specific characteristic of knowledge. Any greatest item in a category can be called as Brahman. The word Brahman is not fixed to God only. God being greater than the greatest item of any category becomes the overall greatest and hence God can also be called as Brahman. Since, Shankara fixed the word Brahman to awareness (soul) only, God is indicated by another word ParaBrahman. Shankara Himself used this word for God (Mauna Vyakhya… ).

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