Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse  31

“He whose omniscience, overlordship and . omnipotence are spoken of by the Veda is Brahman. This you must understand”.


Deussen and other Western interpreters of Vedanta have failed to understand the real nature of the Absolute.

We cannot know the nature of the Absolute by the intellect because the intellect functions in the realm of duality and Brahman is non-dual.

The intellect analyses, compares and infers, but Brahman cannot be subjected to any of these methods.

It is for this reason that the. supreme authority on Brahman is scriptural revelation, which is itself subject to verification in personal experience.

Logical demonstration is far inferior to experience.

Brahman is omniscience, omnipotence and the supreme Lord of the universe, both macrocosm and microcosm.

This is the real nature of the Absolute of Vedanta.

In one respect Brahman is beyond mind and speech, but when we consider Him in relation to the world and our daily experience, we ascribe to Him the above- mentioned attributes.

Vedanta is not Buddhistic nihilism. Many pseudo-Vedantins have failed to understand that Brahman is both omnipotence and omniscience, but this is the bedrock of the Vedantic ontology.

Let us meditate on Him as He is described in this verse and we shall be filled with peace.

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse  32

See also: Fundamental points on the Advaita of Shri Shankara that are overlooked or misunderstood

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