On Bhagavān

Exploring Bhagavan

For the Bhāgavata School1 of Vedānta, Bhagavān is the divine perception of  Absolute Reality as the Supreme Person intrinsically endowed (van) with opulence (bhaga) or sentient and insentient energy (śakti). Let’s unpack this sentence.

Vedānta is one of the six orthodox schools of Hinduism,2 whose understanding of ultimate reality is grounded in what is known as the “three foundations,” prasthānatrayī, which refers to the sacred literature (śāstra=scripture) known as the Upaniṣads, Vedānta-Sūtra, and the Bhagavad

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