Originally posted by rvsakhadeo
Welcome ! I understand that many westerners may find it difficult to comprehend the nuances of Hindu spiritual theory. But I thought there were no abstruse words in my post. Except perhaps,as pointed out by you,the Unexpressed Reality.
In our spiritual thought, this world in which we all live and die is the Expressed Reality or the Manifest Reality. Thi ...[text shortened]... ality. You see the God of Death is describing to Nachiketa,the ascending sequence of subtleness.
I like this account of God:
"In his classic work, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, Douglas Hofstadter depicts a scene in which Achilles, while conversing with a certain Genie, questions it as to just who (or what) GOD is (pages 103 to 126). The Genie, having made numerous references to this GOD entity already, is all too pleased to answer. He informs Achilles that "GOD" is an acronym which stands for "GOD Over Djinn" (where "Djinn" designates a rather large collection of genies).
"Achilles is perplexed and a bit disturbed by this answer. How can an acronym stand for something that includes the original acronym? Isn't that circular? Self-reference? Nonsense?
"But the Genie is unperturbed. It calmly explains (though it thought it was well-known) that "GOD" is a recursive acronym; it stands for "GOD Over Djinn", as already noted, and this in turn stands for "GOD Over Djinn, Over Djinn". This second expansion, of course, can be expanded a third time into "GOD Over Djinn, Over Djinn, Over Djinn", and so on. So, unlike regular acronyms (which have just one measly expansion), the recursive acronym "GOD" has an unending sequence of expansions! "
"In Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, published 1979, Douglas Hofstadter uses the acronym GOD, 'GOD Over Djinn'. As a genie explains to Achilles, GOD stands for GOD Over Djinn, remarking that "GOD can never be fully expanded." In the German translation it is rendered as "ZEUS ewig über Schinn", meaning "Zeus eternally over Djinn"."
So I like to think that the concept "God" rolls up an unlimited number (inartfully stated, an 'infinite number'
of layers or degrees of ascending subtleness, all of them together comprising God. A person who becomes aware and realizes that such a God can never be fully expanded in the human consciousness, (and that any purported God who can be fully expanded, is incomplete) is thereby enlightened, as in, lightened of a load.