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Anand's efforts

From: Jayanthi Raghavan (
Date: Sun Apr 23 2000 - 17:14:16 PDT

Shree Raama Jayam

Sri Anand, good job on clarifying visisthadvaita's position and basis.  I have found that many times it is hard to talk or discuss philosophy with many GV because they seem to place supreme emphasis on Bhagavatham rather than Shruti and Vedanta.  Similiarly many ISKCON followers equate the sayings of Srila Prabhupada with Shruti.  Srila Prabhupada is a Parama-Bhagavatha but still must be taken in context of Shruti.  As already stated, the various names of Brahman denote only Brahman, ie: Brahman in a particular form.  Brahman takes the physical form of Krishna, Rama, Narasimha and so on for particular reasons and to reestablish dharma.  I will give a very crude analogy and if it is wrong please correct me.  Brahman is like water and like water takes on different forms and states for different reasons and circumstances(ie: solid, liquid and gas) so does brahman take different forms for his devotees and to reestablish dharma.  This in no way negates the various forms of Brahman !
rather it affirms the universality of Brahman and infiniteness of Him.  To view Krishna different from Narayana or different from Rama is wrong and shows incorrect understanding.  Brahman is not limited to form but rather takes form for the sake of the devotee.  Thank you and please correct any of my mistakes.
-Mukunda Vijaya Raghavan

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