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Swamiji Maharaj! What is your idea about Nirguna Brahman? Does it mean only Shunya? In that case, it does not very much appeal to us. Who would like to meditate on nothingness?

Nirguna is not nothingness. It is the fullness of everything that is good. Nirguna is
plenitude. In it you find all auspiciousness, all goodness, all beauty, all joy, all health, all
sweetness, all purity, all peace, everything developed to perfection. From a distance this fullness
becomes inconceivable and so the sages called it Nirguna. Once they reach there, they get
merged in that inexpressible experience. It is not nothingness, but it is everythingness, and
beyond this too, for it is inexpressible. Only know that all that exists in Maya or false perception,
viz., evil, ugliness, misery, change, birth, decay, death, etc., are not in It. For, It is beyond Maya.
In Nirguna Brahman, there are no Gunas of Maya, viz.. blue colour, etc. That is what is meant by
Nirguna.

From "May I answer that" by Swami Sivananda (1987-1963). More Informations on Swami Sivananda: on the Website of Divine Life Society, Photographs of Swami Sivananda, German Pages on Swami Sivananda

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Comment by Devaki Erika-Ha on November 30, 2009 at 10:28pm
Nice explication, thank you, lovely thoughts.
Om Om Om

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