How do Advaitins justify that Nirguna Brahman is the ultimate reality and that Saguna Brahman is illusory?

  • This is like talking about two different realities. An unrealized Jiva sees Nirguna Brahman as Saguna Brahman. So, Nirguna Brahman is brahman is for realized soul or after realization soul knows it true state of "Nirguna Brahman". After realization, only Nirguna Brahman exists. For an unrealized jiva, through maya, he sees Nirguna Brahman as Saguna Brahman. So, either we have discuss Advaita in Vyavaharika level (empirical level) or at absolute level (Paramarthika level). We shouldn't mix two realities. (1/2) – The Destroyer Oct 27 '17 at 15:16
  • @SwiftPushkar I was the one who asked that question – Ikshvaku Oct 27 '17 at 15:16
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    So, i am not sure if we can say anything about superiority since it is same thing. It like asking how do you prove "Sun" (Nirguna Brahman) is superior to "Sun obscured by clouds" (Saguna Brahman: Clouds is Maya) (2/2) – The Destroyer Oct 27 '17 at 15:16
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    Yes. For unrealized Jivas, Nirguna Brahman appears as Saguna Brahman and after realization he knows his true form as Nirguna Brahman or in above correlaton, jiva knows he is that one "Sun". – The Destroyer Oct 27 '17 at 15:20
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    Your question makes no sense as Nirguna and Saguna Brahman are the same. Saguna Brahman is how we who are immersed in maya view Brahman. Nirguna Brahman cannot be experienced by us in maya. How to know the knower? The knower can never be known. Can you see your eyes? You can only see your eyes by looking at a reflection of them in a mirror. The Knower (Nirguna Brahman) can only know Itself by looking at Itself through the mirror of maya; and when it does It only sees a reflection (Saguna Brahman), not Its 'real' self. – Swami Vishwananda Oct 28 '17 at 4:20

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