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Sure, there is no image of Brahman but that does not mean that He is formless

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Submitted by AM (United States), Dec 25, 2007 at 12:57

> "na tasya pratima asti "There is no image of Him." [Yajurveda 32:3]5 "shudhama poapvidham" "He is bodiless and pure." Half-knowledge, as in your case, where you extract only partial texts to support your limited theological concepts is not right. The lines you have extracted from Yajurveda are attributes of the indescribable Brahman. Where is the denial of a formful Saguna Brahman, is there?

Shvetashvatara Upanishad, associated with Yajurveda, presents God as the creator and sustainer of the universe, and explains about the FORM (fullness or murtitva) of God, of the FORMLESS Brahman. Since it is difficult to concentrate the mind on and/or show devotion to a formless Brahman, the Shvetashvatara Upanshad ascribes various forms to God. While expounding on devotion, it also describes various characteristics or manifestations of God, such as omnipresence, endless knowledge and power. The Divine form can be seen when God bestows Divine vision.

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