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RE: Krishna/Vishnu in Bhagavatam

From: Martin Gansten (
Date: Tue Apr 25 2000 - 02:28:30 PDT

>> To the best of my knowledge, *only* GV's
>> hold the Krishna form to be ontologically prior to Vishnu. 
>       Recently I had the oppurtunity to read Dr.B.N.K Sharma's book ( a
>Dvaitin ) The philosophy of Madhvacharya... there he clearly says that
>Krishna's form is eternal...  

Yes. In the same way, GV's consider Vishnu's form to be eternal. That is
why I wrote 'ontologically prior' rather than 'temporally prior'. In fact,
not only the various forms of the Lord, but even the jivas and material
nature are eternal. Still, Brahman is considered prior to, or the cause of,
jivas and prakriti in the sense that their being is founded in His.

Martin Gansten

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