This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

God in Hinduism and in the Vedanta in particular

In Hinduism, the term that can be rendered as ‘God’ with the least risk of confusion is not Brahma but Ishvara. And terms such as theology and theosophy (etymologically and not as used by the school of that name), which refer to ‘knowledge of God,’ can only be rendered as Ishvara-Vidya; on the other hand, Divine Knowledge as dealt with in the Vedanta must be rendered Brahma-Vidya, since it takes the point of view of metaphysics and deals with the Supreme Principle. The consideration of Ishvara is certainly legitimate, but only when one intends to adopt a relative point of view.

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