Shri Datta Swami

Jnana Saraswati – Parabrahma Sutras


34. Other metaphors are not mediums of God

रूपकं भ्रान्तमुपाधौ निषिद्धमीक्षतेः।३४।
rūpakaṁ bhrāntamupādhau niṣiddhamīkṣateḥ|34|

People misunderstand the metaphor to be the medium of God. This misunderstanding can be checked by the point that no inert item can be the medium of God, since God always enters a soul alone.


When we hear statements like “God is light” as in the Brahma Sutra (Jyotiradhikaranaat), we are misled into thinking that God enters inert light. The reason is that in a metaphor, we say that God is light. This is only a hidden simile and we should understand that it is just a comparison. It means that God preaches spiritual knowledge and removes ignorance as light removes darkness. The basic concept that God never enters an inert medium helps us in detecting this point. By this basic concept, we can understand whether it is a comparison or the medium of God. God enters only a soul, which is indicated by awareness. It is already clarified that even awareness is only a medium of God and not God directly.

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