In post-Vedic texts, such as the Puranas and the Itihasas of Hinduism, the Devas represent the good, and the Asuras the bad.
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Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. November Learn how and when to remove this template message While these conceptions are superficially similar, they admit of multiple interpretations.
Perennialist philosophers such as John Hick argue that even if the concepts vary slightly, the reality of the Absolute reality behind the varying concepts is the same.
November Learn how and when to remove this template message Philosophers such as Adi Shankara denied the Absolute any personal sense, whereas philosophers such as Ramanuja and Madhvatended to identify the Absolute with a personal God. The Traditionalist Schoolvia Frithjof Schuonadmits: It is true that God as creator, revealer, and savior is not to be identified with the Absolute as such; it is likewise true that God in Himself, in the full depth of His reality, is not to be reduced to the creative Function.
The same immortal spirit was conceived of as functional in the world in three ways: Shivaas Brahmanwould therefore act in the world as a personal God. Yet this distinction between the Absolute and Infinite, or Transcendent and Immanent is not entirely, in itself, absolute. Philosophers like Shankara believe that upon doing away with maya the entire universe disappears, including the notion of a personal God.
Philosophers such as Madhva and Ramanujatend to propound an identification of the Absolute with God, whereas later philosophers such as Nimbarka and Caitanyatended to identify the Absolute with a personal form of God Krishna.
Either way, all these claims, taken in context, tend to prove non-contradictory. The quote above, via Schuon, is actually fully represented within the Hindu tradition. Brahmathe creator god, is not worshiped within Hinduism.
The only deities that are worshiped, are Shivaand Vishnu. Both Shiva and Vishnu, by their respective devotees, are represented as having power over the following five functions: However, a further distinction is made by Shankara: God is not Brahman the Absolute.
Rather the appearance of God is still via the power of Maya. So there are in effect, three levels, which Schuon himself observes: Devdutt Pattanaikan Indian author, gives some philosophical reasons. Ultimately the reason is actually inherent "inherent" in the Absolute and theological.
Relation of humanity to the Absolute[ edit ] This article or section possibly contains synthesis of material which does not verifiably mention or relate to the main topic.In philosophy, the concept of The Absolute, also known as The (Unconditioned) Ultimate, The Wholly Other, The Supreme Being, The Absolute/Ultimate Reality, and other.
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