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a question on nitya-suris

From: Kasturi Varadarajan (
Date: Mon Apr 24 2000 - 21:28:20 PDT

Dear friends,
     The Chandogya Upanishad referring to the creation of the universe says
that this was `sat' alone which is one only without a second. 
  sad-eva saumya idam agra AsIt ekam eva advitIyam

     This Ramanuja interprets as saying that during dissolution chit and
achit exist in their subtle form. And Brahman with chit and achit in their
subtle form can be described as `one without a second'

     On the other hand, we have the nitya-suris who have been in Vaikuntha
for ever irrespective of the state of the universe in its cosmic cycle. They
can hardly be said to be unmanifest or in their subtle form. How are these
facts reconciled, if reconciliation is needed at all?


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