Corpus Hermeticum by A cura di Ilaria Ramelli

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3 -5. 10Cp. P . Mahadevan, In vita tio n to Indian Philosophy, Arnold Heinemann, 1982, pp. 311-13. P . Mahadevan, uThe Idea o f God in ¿ a iva SiddhäntcP, art. , pp. 3 -5 . 12R. Ramanujachari, ¿aiva Sid dh a n ta , Tiruppanandal Endowment Lectures, 1984, Annamaiai University, pp. 10-12. P . Mahadevan, uThe Idea o f God in ¿ aiv a SiddhäntcP, art. , pp. 3 -5 . 42 M ysticism in Shaivism and Christianity The transcendent nature of Siva is emphasized by regard­ ing Him as the efficient cause of the world.

Gnanananda lived at the peak of mystic expe­ rience, where all schools of thought are reconciled and tran­ scended. He seemed to represent to every seeker his own faith. / He was a master of both Saiva Siddhánta and Vedanta lore and quoted profusely from the texts of both traditions. He emphasized the importance of eschewing philosophical dis­ putation and going beyond discursive thinking. Swami Abhishiktananda asks him: “W hat is Swamiji’s position concerning Reality? Is it dvaita or advaital When all is said and done, does any difference remain between God and crea­ tures?

But the universe does not exhaust His nature. He is also visvddhika (more than the universe). He exceeds the uni­ verse, while being its Ground. Hence He cannot be perceived and comprehended by thought. He has no name and form. 11 Existing is His own right, He is Sat, Being, He is Cit, the Supreme Intelligence, Self-luminous and knows all directly. It is G od’s intelligence that enlightens the soul, enables it to gather knowledge of the world through senses and other accessories of itself and of the Lord.

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