view of the Ultimate Reality is expressed in the following revelation of the Rig Veda, the
oldest Hindu scripture:
"Ekam sat vipraha,
bahudha vadanti." "Truth is one, the wise call It by various names."
This doctrine recognizes that the Ultimate Reality possesses
infinite potential, power and intelligence, and therefore cannot be limited by a single
name or form. Thus, Hindus view the Ultimate Reality as having two aspects: impersonal and
personal (see Figure 1). The impersonal aspect of the Ultimate Reality is called Nirguna
Brahman in Hindu scriptures. Nirguna Brahman has no attributes and, as such, is not an
object of prayer, but of meditation and knowledge. This aspect of the Ultimate Reality is
beyond conception, beyond reasoning and beyond thought.
Bansi Pandit, Hindu Dharma
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