Brahma vs. Brahman

Difference Between Brahma and Brahman

Brahma and Brahman are two specific characters in the Hindu religion and philosophy where one refers to a god and another to knowledge. Brahma is referred to God-made of four-face that is described in the religious texts of Hindus and Brahman is the entity which is regarded as supreme as per the Upanishads. The Brahma is said to manifest in this universe and take care of it. The Brahmin projects this universe and helps one to understand it.

Brahma

It is said that Brahma is the God of creation. He is allocated with the duty to create creatures. He also called as the author of the fate of people. It is said that Brahma is the creator of four Vedas. They say he lives in a separate world called the Satyaloka. Saraswati is considered as his wife and the sage Narada as his son. Narada is a firm devotee of the lord Vishnu.

There is no Brahma temple built in the world. And he is depicted with beard and four side face. Brahma is described in mythology as the work God who has depicted sitting on the lotus.

Brahman

The Brahman can not be seen with naked eye as it can be felt when one attains such deep knowledge. It can only be experienced. It is said that Brahman is all-pervasive. It invades every part of existence and is present everywhere. The sages of the past have experienced the Brahman and became realized souls. According to Advaita of Sankara, Supreme Brahman is made up of all the individual souls. After the natural death, individual souls become one with Brahman. Death is only for the body and not the soul.

Upanishads praise the Brahman and said that it is indestructible. The Brahman can not be burned, made wet or washed away. He has no form, no color. It can not be seen and can not be felt too. The Brahman resides inside every living creature as well as non-livign objects according to Advaita. It resides in animals, trees, human beings, Objects,  birds, nature and almost everywhere.

He who has realized the Supreme Brahman becomes a man of self-realization. Such a person considers all pairs of opposites like heat and cold, happiness and sorrow, profit and loss, victory and failure and success and failure alike. It is not disturbed by the failures and insults. He gets full control of his mind. He sees Brahman everywhere and is released from the worldly values.

The Brahman is the supreme controller. It manifests and controls the world creating the maya or illusion. It is only because of the innate power of Maya in the Brahman that we cannot differentiate between the snakes and rope in insufficient light. The snake is compared to this universe. The string is compared to the Brahman and the light is insufficient compared to the insufficient knowledge.

Adequate knowledge is necessary to feel the presence of Brahman. The illusory appearance of a snake or the universe part is the realized through Brahman. The saying goes ‘Brahmaiva Satyam Jagan Mithyaa’. This means that ‘the Supreme Brahman alone is the truth and the universe is an illusion’. Now when the illusory appearance of snake disappears the rope only remains. So when the Brahman alone remains true knowledge is born.

 

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