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A short article in response to a common question: What is the connection with Brahman and Brahmā (also called Brahmaji)?

Brahmā is not to be confused with Brahman.

Brahmā, Viṣṇu, Śiva are 3 aspects of one same reality, Īśvara.

Īśvara is all-knowledge and all-power.

When Īśvara takes role of manifestor — Īśvara is referred to as Brahmā. Creator.

When Īśvara takes role of unmanifestor — Īśvara is referred to as Śiva. Destroyer of that which was created.

When Īśvara takes role of sustaining the ongoing process of manifest/unmanifest — Īśvara is referred to as Vīṣṇu. Sustainer of Brahmā's and Śiva's roles.

To make this analogy relatable…

Take yourself for example. We'll refer to you as “person”.

When Person takes role of mothering — Person is referred to as Mother.

When Person takes role of being a son — Person is referred to as Son.

When Person takes role of being a worker — Person is referred to as Employee.

So the Person remains the same. While various roles are played in the Person's presence.

Therefore the role is actually never apart from the Person.

However the Person always remains free of the role. Else the Person wouldn't have capacity to switch from Son to Employee.

Similarly, all 3 roles are in Īśvara's presence. However don't allow mind to run wild with this analogy by turning Īśvara (Lord) into some Person-like entity.

Now what about Brahman?

The Person we talked about above, depends on something else in order to Intelligently play out the roles. Consciousness.

If Person is not Conscious, then the Person can't perform any role, no matter how much knowledge he or she has.

Similarly, even though Īśvara is all-knowledge, all-power — Īśvara depends on the final reality called Brahman (Consciousness).

All-knowledge, all-power can't put together the universe nor a human's body, unless it is endowed in and through by Consciousness.

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