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Date: Fri Apr 05 1996 - 21:24:11 PST
In the Bhustuti, Sri Sadagopan explains that Bhagavan in His role as Adi Sesha holds Bhu Devi on His thousand heads. In the Rahasya Traya Sara and elsewhere Swami Desikan describes Adi Sesha as a Nitya Suri, which I understand as being in the same category as jivatmas. I have a problem understanding the categorization of Adi Sesha as a jivatma. This is because when Balarama went from Dwarka to Vrindavana on a two month visit just before the Mahabharata war, He had the same Madhurya Rasa with the gopis that they enjoyed with Krishna earlier. It is not possible for the gopis to enjoy Rasa with anybody other than Bhagavan. If so can the term Nitya Suri be used for categories other than Jivatma? Or does it mean that Adi Sesha is so close to Bhagavan that He is as good as Bhagavan Himself? If that is the case then the equality of Jivatmas is ruled out. Can someone please answer this question. Jaganath.