"Where Zaehner stresses bhakti/love as culmination, De Smet strikes at the root: the Absolute Brahman of Sankara is itself personal! Cf. De Smet, "Indian Understanding of Man" (1970) 10-12.
God's love is the highest integrator. Zaehner.
Educated Indians familiar with Advaita often look down on the God of Christians as Isvara, the lower, qualified, saguna Brahman - see, for example, Radhakrishnan. De Smet: charitably (1) explains 'person'; (2) explains saguna/nirguna (through analogy).
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
De Smet, Brahman and Person
From one of my jottings: