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Vibhava lokas

From: Parthasarathy Srinivasan (
Date: Tue Aug 31 1999 - 21:37:35 PDT

Narayana Narayana.

In the Gaudiya vaishnava sampradaya, they talk of a Goloka (or
Krsnaloka) as the supreme abode. I had never heard of that in
Srivaishnavism and presumed that Srivaishnavism did not entertain such
a notion. But recently in one of the posts, I saw someone quote a
Srivaishnava acharya (I think) that these are Vibhava lokas. Regarding
this I have some doubts. I humbly request our members to clarify these

1) Are vibhava lokas recognised in Srivaishnavism? If so, can you
please quote the relevant Srivaishnava texts?

2) Are these vibhava lokas in Sri vaikuntha or are they outside? 

3) If outside Sri vaikuntha, are they outside prakriti mandala or
within? (I vaguely recall the quote saying they are within)

4) If within, how does its attainment constitute moksha?

5) Are there separate vibhava lokas for Sri Rama, Sri Nrsimha, Sri
Varaha etc?

6) Why are these vibhava lokas not mentioned in the normally recognised
texts like Sri Vishnu Purana, Sri Bhagavatha Purana, Mahabharatha,
Srimad Ramayana etc.?

Narayana Narayana.

Parthasarathy Srinivasan.

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