Daniélou, Alain. The Myths and gods of India – the Classic Work on Hindu Polytheism from the Princeton Bollingen Series
1. the Theory of Polytheism
the Representation of the Transcendent
Transcendent reality is, by definition, beyond the limitations that condition our means of knowledge. Yet, even if we cannot understand its nature, we may indirectly conclude that some form of being beyond the sphere of our perceptions must exist. Whenever he carries any form of experience to its farthest limit, man has a glimpse of an unknowable “Beyond” which he calls divinity. This divinity cannot be grasped nor understood, for it begins where understanding fails, yet it can be approached from many sides; any attempt at understanding its nautre can merely be called a “near approach,” an Upa-nisad. We can only point to the necessity for a substratum, we never experience it directly, although it is ever near; for, at the limit of each form of experience, we apprehend some aspect of it. the more we can seize of the different aspects of the phenomenal world, often apparently contradictory, though which the Divine may be approached, the more we come near to a general, a “real,” insight into the mysterious entity we call God. Read the rest of this entry »
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