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RE: What is service?

From: Rajagapalan, Murli (
Date: Tue Jan 27 1998 - 08:32:01 PST


Thanks for some very interesting postings on kainkaryam in Moksha 
dasha.  This leads me to a puzzling question on what is 
parama-purushartha (bhagawad kainkarya, jnana, or some other totally 
different thing).

As far as I know (forgive me if there are errors) moksha is all of 
these ...

a. 	ParipurNa BrahmAnubhavam  ( ~ complete experience of the blissful 
brahman )  (a manifestation of jnantrtva)
b. 	kainkaryam to BhagawAn   (a manifestation of kartrtva)
c. 	ParipurNa BrahmaAnandAnubhavam (~  complete "blissful" experience 
of the brahman) ( a manifestation of bhoktrtva )

These three features of moksha are so intertwined that it may be very 
difficult for us to understand them separately.  For example, in the 
moksha dasha, paripurNa brahmAnubhavam results in full knowledge of
1. 	the svaroopa of Brahman (satyam, jnanam, anandam, amalam, etc. ), 
2. 	the famous Vishistadwaitic equation "supreme = supreme qualified 
by chit + achit", wherein we (the chit) are the supreme's sarira.
This knowledge will result in his (the jeevatma's) full Anukulyam 
(total compliance) towards God as a servant resulting in unalloyed 
kainkaryam.  Both of these result in the blissful experience of the 
chit + achit qualified NarayaNa ... ad infinitum.

If this is the case, I would argue that the jnana is the predominating 
factor in all of these.  In a sense, it was the unconstrained jnana 
that leads to kainkaryam, which results in an un-ebbing, ever-growing 
tide of bliss.  So, parama-purushartham should be paripurNa jnana and 
not Bhagawad kainkaryam because the latter will result from the former 

-- Adiyen,  Murali Kadambi