I am a student of physics. The otherday I attended a lecture and had some questions which were NOT answered to my satisfaction. Please read these questions and provide your insight. As I understand, one of the basic TRUTHS accepted by Vishistadvaitins is that JEEVATMA is NOT CREATED by PARAMATAMA. Both JEEVATMA and PARAMATMA coexist eternally, but THE JEEVATMA IS TOTALLY CONTROLLED BY PARAMATMA. My question is, if JEEVATMA is not created by PARAMATMA, what gives PARAMATMA the right to control JEEVATMA. What did JEEVATMA do that made him/her to be controlled by PARAMATMA. Why is one superior and the other inferior? Vishistadvaitins do say that the differnece between JEEVATMA and PARAMATMA is that, PARAMATMA has the power of creation and the power of bestowing MOKSHA to JEEVATMAs. If thats what makes the JEEVATMA to be controlled by PARAMATMA, is’t it unfair/unjust giving one the power of creation and denying it to the other, though they both coexist for eternity? —
AS YOU HAVE RIGHTLY OBSERVED THAT VISISHTADWAITHIS, FOLLOW THE VEDIC PRINCIPLE, WHICH SAYS THAT THERE ARE 3 REALITIES, THE NATURE, GOD & SOUL. ALL THE 3 ARE ETERNAL. GOD DID NOT CREATE ANY OF THE SOULS OR THE NATURE. SOULS AS THEY ARE SO TINY IN SIZE AND HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR OWN, THEY ARE PRONE TO BE CAUGHT UP BY THE THINGS AROUND. THE NATURE ATTRACTS LIKE THAT. GOD, AS HE IS VIBHU, ALL PERVADING, KNOWS EVERYTHING AND WILL NEVER BECOME PREY TO THE ILL EFFECTS OF THE NATURE. AND AT THE SAME TIME HE IS ALL COMPASSIONATE. AS AN ABLED PERSON HELPS TO THE OTHERS, SO ALSO GOD TRIES TO HELP THE NEEDY. A FEW SOULS, WHOM WE CALL AS BADDHAS, CAUGHT UP IN THE CLUTCHES OF THE NATURE, NOT ABLE TO ACT ON THEIR OWN
AND FACING THE PAINS OF THE BIRTH & DEATH. COMPASSIONATE GOD COMES TO RESCUE THE SOULS AND TAKES MANY AVATHARAS (INCARNATONS). WHILE HELPING, AT TIMES, HE COMES DOWN HEAVILY ALSO, AFTER ALL, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SOUL ONLY. THIS IS THE WAY HE GOT CONTROL OVER THE SOUL.
FOR THOSE WHO ACCEPT HIS GUIDANCE, HE SHOWS ALL GOOD AND LEADS TO A PLACE WHERE THE NATURE CANNOT ACT UPON THE SOUL. THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEVE IN HIM, HE CANNOT HELP THEM. THEY KEEP ON ROTATING IN THE NATURE UP & DOWN, BECOMING INCAPABLE OF KNOWING WHO AND WHAT THEY ARE.HERE GOD’S INTERFERENCE IS NOT THERE. IT IS KARMA ONLY, SHOWS ALL POWER AND THE NATURE CONTROLLS EVERYTHING. GOD IS ONLY AN OBESERVER THEN. SO THERE IS NO PARTIALITY TO HIM.
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