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Origins of the Jiiva

From: Krishna Susarla (krishna_at_ticnet.com)
Date: Tue Mar 16 1999 - 16:52:45 PST

Hare Krishna.

I am looking for statements by the Sri Vaishnava acharyas regarding the
origins of the jiva. I understand that Sri Vaishnavas consider that the
living entity's bondage in maya is beginningless, and that they do not ever
speak of a "fall" from Vaikuntha.

I would definitely appreciate if learned netters could either post
statements by SV acharyas (especially Ramanuja) in this regard, or email
them to me. Please include the name of the source from which the quotes are
taken and verse numbers if possible.

Of special interest are statements which explicitly refute the idea of
"falling" from Vaikuntha, if any such statements are there.

thanks in advance,

-- Krishna