Three Ways To Understand The Difference Between Paramatma and Parabrahman

Krishna's Mercy

[Shri Krishna]“By Me, in My unmanifested form, this entire universe is pervaded. All beings are in Me, but I am not in them.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita, 9.4)

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मया ततम् इदं सर्वं
जगद् अव्यक्त-मूर्तिना
मत्-स्थानि सर्व-भूतानि
न चाहं तेष्व् अवस्थितः

mayā tatam idaṁ sarvaṁ
jagad avyakta-mūrtinā
mat-sthāni sarva-bhūtāni
na cāhaṁ teṣv avasthitaḥ

“Are they the same? Do the two words refer to the same person? Or is it more of a concept, a component of a broader realm of understanding? The ‘para’ word gets thrown around a lot, as does Brahman. Someone might confuse that with Lord Brahma, the creator. Is there a relation to the brahmana caste? Sorry, I meant to say ‘varna.’ I know that the division of work is based on material qualities, guna, and not the circumstances of birth, janma.”

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