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Brahman

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Transcript of Brahman

Brahman
A Better Understanding of Brahman
Imagine a person who is blind from birth and has not seen anything. Is it possible for us to explain to him the meaning of the colour red? Is any amount of thinking or reasoning on his part ever going to make him understand the sensation of the colour red? In a similar fashion the idea of Brahman cannot be explained or understood through material reasoning or any form of human communication. Brahman is like the colour red; those who can sense it cannot explain or argue with those who have never sensed it
Why People Would Pray to Brahman
• Experience of this awareness of Brahman as Self is what we call Self-Realization
How Hindus Pray to Brahman
• Brahman has many forms and is symbolized by the sacred syllable Om (or Aum)
Who is Brahman?
• Hindu’s believe in a form called Brahman
• Nobody can really describe him, therefore making him a mysterious and remote Being
• the universal soul and supreme being
BUT... only few say that he is:
the eternal spirit from which all things originate and to which they return
Should NOT to be confused with the creator god Brahma or the priestly class of Brahmans)
• To Hindus, only Brahman exists forever. Everything else in the world changes, from the passing seasons to living things that eventually die
• Most Hindus believe that Brahman is present in every person as the eternal spirit or soul, called the Atman
A Hindu's Belief in Brahman
• Brahman contains everything: creation and
destruction
,
male
and
female
,
good
and
evil
,
movement
and
stillness
The Upanishads
• Is the central theme of the early Vedic Hindu scriptures (Upanishads)

The Upanishads
-
form the core of Indian philosophy. It is here that we find all the fundamental teachings that are central to Hinduism — teaches the concepts of 'karma' (action), 'samsara' (reincarnation), 'moksha' (nirvana), the 'atman' (soul),
and the 'Brahman' (Absolute Almighty)
There are
three
main aspects of Brahman:

Brahma
, the creator

Vishnu
, the preserver

Shiva
, the destroyer

• the other gods and goddesses in Hinduism also are various forms of Brahman
Biographical details of Brahman
• Brahman is a concept that is beyond human powers to describe or visualize
• In the Upanishads, Brahman is not only the principle and creator of all there is, but he is also the sum totality of the universe and its phenomena
The Idea of Brahman
• The idea of Brahman probably started from the consciousness of ancient Hindu seers as they contemplated upon the vast expansive sky and the star studded mysterious night skies
• The Upanishads present a grand view of this Absolute and highest god of Hinduism

This legend is often used to describe Brahman
By: Chelsea Darquah, Shieka Legaspi, Maria Albarracin
The Om (Aum) symbol is used for Brahman
• Brahman is the very space and the entire universe, with billions of galaxies and interstellar space and much more than that
Salt Story
• When we realize there is nothing else in this vast universe, except the Eternal Self as the inner Self of all, we have reached the end of our journey
• The journey begins when we are separated from the Self and ends when we become “One with It”
• Worship, referred to as puja, of the different embodiments of Brahman can take place at:
home, at a street-side shrine or at a temple
• Home: followers offer prayers to a household shrine dedicated to a Hindu deity; the shrine is often a simple image or a statue representing the deity
• Temple: the shrine is also at the center of worship. Priests or Hindus thought to be "reincarnated" can perform mantras and prayers from the Vedas during worship. Puja, whether it takes place at the home or at a temple, is frequently performed at least once a day by a household member and may be done at any time of the day
Celebrations That Are Associated With Brahman
• Since Brahman is represented through gods and goddesses that symbolize the one abstract Supreme Being, many festivals that are celebrated for a certain god or goddess also includes Brahman
• Celebrations such as Gudi Padwa that are celebrated because Lord Brahma created the universe on this day are associated with Brahman
The Significance of the Iconography
• Food is considered an actual part of Brahman, rather than simply a Brahman symbol
• Brahman has no face
A wise man wanted to teach his son about Brahman. He asked the boy to put some salt into water, and then take it back out again. Of course, the salt dissolved and the son could not take it out. His father then told him that the presence of Brahman in the world is like the salt in the water- invisible, but everywhere
Bibliography
Different Aspects of Brahman
There are no pictures of him
Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahman
BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/rs/god/hinduismrev1.shtml
Opposing Views. http://people.opposingviews.com/hindus-worship-brahman-4195.html
About. http://hinduism.about.com/od/scripturesepics/a/upanishads.htm
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