Originally posted by josephw
There is no escaping the self. We are all entities as distinguishable from one another as we are from the rest of creation. The act of the will in blending self with creation as a means of denying self is not the same thing as denying the self for the purpose of recognizing the supremacy of the Creator.
People are confused.
Please permit me to put across the Hindu view of “Self” and” God”. This is Advait view or non-dualistic view, which is the most accepted form of Hindu Spiritualism.
“Brahman” is the term for the Ultimate Ground/Ultimate Reality/Ultimate Truth/”God”.
It is the substratum or source of all Manifest Reality. It is the unexpressed Reality. Our" Universe" or “Multiverse” is the expressed Reality.
Although beyond words and thought, “Brahman” is apprehended intuitively by all embodied beings as “Atman” or “Self”. “Self” is the pure ”I” without any predicate attached to it i.e. not as in “I Think or I Do” but simply as ”I”. Like the numerous reflections of the Sun in many water filled bowls, there appear to be many “Selves”. However, the individual “Selves” are nothing but “Brahman”. When an”Atman” realizes that it is nothing but” Brahman” it is stated to be liberated.
In Hindu Spiritualism, there is no “God” as a separate “individual” sitting up in the sky and sort of looking down on us.