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I was reading Sampathkumaran's translation of Gita Bhashya by Sri Ramanuja. I found this written in the commentary of 2.13. I wonder if this is true.

  • I can either wear clothes or not wear them, right ? Similarly, Bhagavan can be both with and without form.. what is so hard to understand about this ?
    – ram
    Feb 16, 2023 at 5:10

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Are you sure that you are talking about Gita 2.13? Gita 2.13 does not deal with attributes at all.

Just as the self associated with a body passes through childhood, youth and old age, so one at (death) It passes into another body. A wise man is not deluded by that.

Gita 2.13

I am surprised that Sri Ramanuja's Gita bhasya says that the scriptural verses denying attributes are more authoritative than affirming attributes. It is Sankaracharya's position.

'Hence in sentences of this kind, the formless Brahman alone, just as It is spoken of by the texts themselves, has to be accepted. But the other texts, speaking of Brahman with form, have injunctions about meditations as their main objectives. So long as they do not lead to some contradiction, their apparent meanings should be accepted. But when they involve a contradiction, the principle to be followed for deciding one or the other is that, those that have formless Brahman as their main purport are more authoritative than the others which have not that as their main purport. It is according to this that one is driven to the conclusion that Brahman is formless and not its opposite, though texts having both the purports are in evidence.'

Brahma Sutra Bhasya of Sri Sankaracharya III.II.14

  • At the level of words these are just games. Totapuri made Ramakrishna apprehend Nirguna Brahman only after the latter could temporarily give up his beloved Kali
    – S K
    Jul 12, 2023 at 11:48

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