Question: In your last article, you wrote: “Universal dissolution destroys only the gross and subtle bodies of the ātmās, who enter unharmed into the body of Lord Viṣṇu. But the accumulated karma (sancita) of each ātmā persists even during the period of dissolution.”
Where is sancita situated? It cannot be in the subtle and gross bodies – these are destroyed.
Answer: Sancita karma is stored in the prakriti and lies there inactive. Prakriti is the unmanifest state or the causal state of matter.
Two Types of Sayujya
Question: I have a question about AtmasAmya liberation in the context of the five standard liberations, specifically, that of Agha in X.12.38, (and also Sisupala 74.45, and Dantavakra, 78.8-10). Rupa seems to correlate it with sarupya, in BRS.2.280.
But merging into Krishna’s body seems different from the sarupya as conventionally understood as attaining the same form as Vishnu in a Vaikuntha dham. So I am wondering whether atmasamya could also be understood as a variant of sayujya (i.e., not the more standard understanding of sayujya as the attainment of non-personal atman/brahman, but a variant wherein the atman merges into Krishna’s body). I seem to have encountered a reference in this regard, but cannot locate it. Are you aware of any discussion of this in any commentary?
Answer: There are two types of sayujya – Brahma-sayujya and Bhagavad-sayjya. This is described in Priti-sandarbha, anuccheda 15. In Bhagavad-sayjya the atma enters into Krsna’s body and remains there relishing the svarupananda of Krsna. Of course Vaisnvas do not like both types of sayujya, but Bhagavad-sayujya is considered even worse because one is trying to enjoy Bhagavan.
It is better to have a physical sickness like a fever or diarrhea, than to be tortured by your own mind. A fever is visible – you may look feverish in your face, or your skin is hot to the touch. But when something is torturing your mind, it is not easy to see, yet the suffering is there. Mental suffering is subtle and thus difficult to get rid of.
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