Do all those terms refer to God? If so, how is each word different from the other?


I am not confident to my point, and might need a bit help, still I would like to differentiate and put a more logical perspective to the question.

Eshwar : Its a combination of two words, Esh + War. Where Esh means 'Lord','King' or 'Leader' in more general 'To rule'. And Var means 'to be'. Combining it result as 'the one who rules'. Eshwar can be used to for the Supreme Being ( I will not called him GOD because he's greater than that word, in Hinduism GOD's take birth and die ), but it can also be used for Normal Human Beings who have or are behaving like a King or Lord.

Parameshwar : Combined using Param+Eshwar, meaning The Lord of the Lords or The King of all Rules and Rulers. Well this is very close to what the Supreme Being is and can be used to nomenclate him, but at some places is also used for superior beings like gods.

Paramatma : Combined using Param+Atman, where Param means 'Super','Supreme' or 'Greatest' and Atman meaning 'Soul'. This is the perfect literal which justifies Supreme Being and cannot be used for any thing else.

Bhagwan : Its been beautifully described in this link . But I will go a bit further and brief it out here a bit. Combined using Bhag+Wan, where Bhag meaning Supreme Wealth or Luxury ( Supreme Opulence).

Brahman : Seems this is the only world which is not a combined for in my knowledge and is directly used to address the Supreme Being.

Well above all Paramatman and Brahman are the words which are used striclty to imply supreme being in literal sentences.

  • Yes I think your explanation needs corrections: According to Geeta, there are two prakritis - apara (materialistic), para (non-material).. description of them is there in verses 7:4,5,6. So param means non-material. You are freely translating what ever fits your description. For parameswar you are giving one meaning to 'para' and in paramatma you are giving a different meaning to 'para'.. please be consistent. – TruthSeeker9 Apr 23 '16 at 14:44
  • And please quote scriptures as I did above. If we go by individual's understanding then we go no where as everyone has a different explanation. Similarly in many books I read Brahman comes from word brh which means to grow... – TruthSeeker9 Apr 23 '16 at 14:45
  • @TruthSeeker9, i am not able to understand your logic, para and param are two different words, and if you do a vichchhed ( which i presume you know very well ) we will come up with param+ehswar not para+eshwar, yet please to clarify, and I will correct the same. Secondly thankyou for pointing out for not quoting resources, I will soon in my next edit. – Mr. K Apr 23 '16 at 16:11

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