Fall from Brahman?

October 11th, 2010 | No Comments

Acaryas from the time of Bhaktivinode Thakura onward have sometimes written about falling from Brahman, but the texts that they cite to substantiate this when studied in light of the original commentaries of the Goswamis are shown to have been speaking about either jivan mukti or less—verses such as ye ‘nye ‘ravindaksa vimukta-maninas (SB 10.2.32), which is probably the most often cited. Read Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti’s commentary on this verse. Read also in Caitanya-caritamrita where this verse is cited twice. Therein Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami first gives his Bengali rendition of this Bhagavata veres. The first time it is cited he says, jnani jivan-mukta-dasa . . . The second time it is quoted he says suska-jnani jivan-mukta aparadhe adho maje.

The jnani jivan mukta is not fully liberated. He or she has not attained sayujya. Sayujya is a form of mukti. Brahman is a formless from of God. Liberated souls do not fall from their position. Final release comes when karma is finished. There is no karma and no gunas in Brahman.

comment by Swami B. V. Tripurari on the article “Harmonizing Contradictions.”

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