Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Gaudiya Vedanta: Acintya Bheda-Abheda — The philosophical basis of Krishna Consciousness (Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj)


"The impersonalists exclude the personal interpretation, or explanation, or revelation [of Vedanta], they simply ignore that, and focus on a few Upanisadic slokas which lend to believe that all is one, or lend to believe that unity and liberation is the highest. But because they ignore other sections, they can not substantialize their way of thinking. Whereas the Gaudiya Vedantist does not exclude anything. [---] Impersonalists can not deal with the descriptions of Goloka Vrindavan. They can not deal with it. They don't know what to say."

"Gaudiya Vedanta is a heart issue. [---] The Gaudiya Vedantists are the Bhakti Vedantas, those who understand the loving message of the Vedanta, that love reigns supreme, love is all in all, and that love governs even Krishna — even God Himself is a slave of love."

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Achintya Bheda-Abheda is a school of Vedanta representing the philosophy of inconceivable simultaneous oneness and difference, in relation to the creation and the creator, Krishna svayam bhagavan; and also between God [Source, The Absolute, Krishna] and the individual souls – His fragmental parts and parcels, or emanations. In Sanskrit achintya means 'inconceivable', bheda translates as 'difference', and abheda translates as 'non-difference'. It was taught by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and can be best understood as integration of the strict dualist (Dvaita) view of Madhvacharya and the qualified monism (Vishishtadvaita) of Ramanujacharya, while rejecting the absolute monism (Advaita) of Adi Sankara.  (From Wikipedia)


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