(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30 December 2012, Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday Feast Lecture)

gaura nitaiSrila Prabhupada many times addressed mayavadi impersonalists because as soon as you go shopping in the marketplace of spirituality all around the world, here it is again, “It’s all one.” But actually, it is not all one! In one way, yes it is all one as everything is resting on one spiritual energy but it is also all different, as we can very clearly perceive here. Therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu taught this philosophy of acintya-bhedābheda-tattva, simultaneously one and many. This we find in the first verse of the Srimad Bhagavatam:

janmādy asya yato ’nvayād itarataś cārtheṣv abhijñaḥ svarāṭ
tene brahma hṛdā ya ādi-kavaye muhyanti yat sūrayaḥ, (SB 1.1.1)

It explains that everything which comes in this world, comes from Krsna. And Krsna, at the same time, is abhijñaḥ, he is fully conscious of everything and yet he is also svarāṭ, independent. This is interesting. So he is fully conscious of every atom in the universe, of every living being and what goes on in the heart of every living entity but he also exists separately as Krsna. Everything is emanating from Him, it is all his energy and yet he exists separate from it.

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