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Unimaginable God differs from all other imaginable worldly objects

Shreshthamapyajneyam Bhidyate Paramata Eva.

(God and other worldly items are greatest. But the unimaginable God differs from all other imaginable worldly objects. Hence, the word Param meaning different is used before the word Brahman).

A worldly item, greatest in its category is called as Brahman. God also being greater than all these greatest items is really greatest and hence can be called as Brahman. Thus, the ‘greatest’ sense of the word Brahman is common to God and all other greatest worldly items. But, God being unimaginable differs from all the worldly items which are imaginable. Hence, there is the common point and also point of difference between God and other worldly items.

 

The word Brahman is used to God and other worldly items based on this common point. While accepting the common point, the point of difference is added by the prefix word Param, which means different. Thus, a new word is not created. The word Brahman is maintained. But, for the sake of differentiation, an extra word, Param, is prefixed. The word Param brings focus on the point of difference only and does not contradict the common point of greatest nature or Brahman.

 

All the greatest worldly items remain greatest as long as the context of their categories is maintained

 

Ekameva Samdarbhamaatranaam .

 

(All the greatest worldly items remain greatest as long as the context of their categories is maintained. Otherwise, if the contexts do not exist, God becomes greatest and all the worldly items are no more greatest.)

 

Any worldly item, which is greatest in a particular category remains greatest as long as the context of the category is maintained. If this context disappears and God is also referred, the worldly item is no more greatest, because God is greater than any greatest item. When the context of the category is in reference, you cannot bring God into the picture to remove greatness of the worldly item. It becomes out of the context. Due to the significance of the context, you cannot say that no worldly item is greatest since God is greater than any greatest worldly item. In view of the scope of the context, you cannot resist the usage of the word Brahman to any worldly item and thus you cannot fix the word Brahman to God only and avoid the context of the category. Hence, an isolated word like Para Brahman is required.

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