This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Brahma and Ishwara

The absolutely universal Principle of all things, considered in and of itself, and which, like the God of the Christian apophatic tradition, cannot have any positive attributes, is Brahma. The Divine Personality, which is a kind of ‘first determination’ of Brahma and which, due to this lesser universality, can be spoken of with attributes, is called Ishwara. Brahma is declared to be nirguna or ‘beyond all qualification,’ as well as nirvishesha, ‘beyond all distinction.’ Ishwara, on the other hand, is saguna, ‘qualified,’ or savishesha, ‘conceived distinctly.’ Ishwara may receive attributes as analogical transpositions from the beings of which ‘He’ is the principle. For example, Ishwara is ‘God the Father,’ with maleness of fatherhood being attributes obviously transferred from the human domain, which does not make them untrue, but only true in a relative sense, as ultimately insufficient and which can serve only as ‘supports’ for meditation on a certain aspect of Ishwara.

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