In the course of discussing the concept of formlessness and form in connection with how different schools of yoga philosophy understand the ultimate reality, a colleague asked me why the Absolute Truth had to be personified: why do we assign a form to something that is ultimately formless? I rejected the premise of her question, namely, that form is something we assign, and argued instead that person-ness, which includes the features of form, qualities, and relationships - is an inherent property of transcendence. I presented my reasoning as follows, based on references to various ancient yoga wisdom texts:
By definition, the Absolute Truth is perfect and complete. All emanations from the Absolute Truth – such as us, our bodies, the earth, the universe – have this same attribute of self-contained completeness and yet remain parts of a greater whole and ultimately part of the sum total of reality. (Isa Upanisad, invocation). The Complete Whole or Absolute Reality must contain everything both within and beyond our experience. Therefore, the quality of person-ness must also be present in the Absolute Reality. Without it, the Absolute would be incomplete.
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