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From: Venkat Nagarajan (
Date: Fri May 28 1999 - 11:47:21 PDT

Dear Bhagavatas,

I humbly submit the following to the forum for discussion;  

S'abda is a dravya that inheres as an attribute in the five elements. The
elements come about when prakriti evolves from its subtle state, due to
Isvara's sankalpa. 

1. Is S'abda in a dormant sate in the time between dissolution and
creation? If so, given Sruti is represented by a modification of S'abda,
what is its status during the time between creation and dissolution?
2.  Is BrahmajNAna, independent of S'abda?