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nature of the soul and its liberation

From: Kasturi Varadarajan (kvaradar_at_cs.uiowa.edu)
Date: Sat May 13 2000 - 15:29:10 PDT

Dear Anand,
     You have brought up an interesting question, but I feel
it is different from the one posed by Sri Harikumar. Since both
are interesting questions, I will try to focus the attention
of people on both of them.

1. Sri Harikumar's question is this: The Bhagavatam text and the
   Brahma-bindu upanishad text seem to be teaching, on the face
   of it, the essential non-difference between the jiva and
   brahman. This is suggested by the fact that the sky or space
   is one only, although it may be enclosed in different jars.
   So how do SV acharyas interpret these texts? 
   

2. Re your question, I think "vibhu" should be interpreted as
   "all-pervading" and not "infinite". The question then is 
   how can paramatma `share the same space' with chetana and
   achetana. I think Sri Bharat has addressed this (or a 
   related question) recently. (I feel that one possible way
   out is to simply assert that paramatma does share the same 
   space with chetana and achetana. This is certainly plausible
   for the reason that these are entities of different "kinds.")
   

-Kasturi

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