This is the way I see it, EtrnlVv, we are a part of God, but distinct at the same time.
I agree with that because we are essentially a reflection of the whole trapped within duality experiencing an individual experience so we are not in a form which perceives the All....but, the point I'm getting at is the very nature of what you are that we are from that "All", and the very nature of you is not distinct from God. Suppose I took a glob of clay (which represents myself) and created a little separate object of clay that had a form that was unique from mine, yet an expression of my own desires and heart....would that piece of clay no longer be clay?
Same thing with the Creator, the soul is a piece or a tiny fragment/expression of God and then sent into the worlds of duality but all things come out of a singular Being or Reality. Kind of like these definitions below....
"connotes the highest Universal Principle, the Ultimate Reality
in the universe
In major schools of Hindu philosophy
, it is the material, efficient, formal and final cause
of all that exists.
It is the pervasive, genderless, infinite, eternal truth and bliss which does not change, yet is the cause of all changes.
Brahman as a metaphysical
concept is the single binding unity behind diversity in all that exists in the universe."