Letters of Sri Aurobindo
2. Integral Yoga and Other Paths
Fragment ID: 61
I believe according to the Adwaitins God is only the reflection of Brahman in Maya – just as Brahman is seen outwardly as the world which has only a practical not a real reality, so subjectively Brahman is seen as God, Bhagavan, Ishwara, and that also would be a practical not a real reality – which is and can be only the relationless Brahman all by itself in a worldless eternity. At least that is what I have read – I don’t know whether Shankara himself says that. One is always being told by modern Adwaitins that Shankara did not mean what people say he meant – so one has to be careful in attributing any opinion to him.
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Sri Aurobindo. Letters on Yoga. II // CWSA.- Volume 29. (≈ 22-24 vol. of SABCL).- Pondicherry: Sri Aurobindo Ashram, 2013.- 522 p.