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Kumaras and Sukadeva Goswami Were Impersonalists?

Postby backtohome » Sun Jan 24, 2010 12:26 pm

Question: Kumaras and Sukadeva Goswami Were Impersonalists?

My Dearest Srila Gurudeva,

Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

In our Sunday class we had discussion about Mayavadis and impersonalists. I heard that the four Kumaras and Sukadeva Goswami were Impersonalists. I do not know whether I have understood correctly.

Srila Gurudeva, please enlighten me. Did the four Kumaras and Sukadeva Goswami teach impersonalism? Did they worship Supreme Personality of Godhead only after getting the association of the devotees? If so, why?

Your insignificant servant,

Guru Vandana dasi


Answer: Yes, But They Were Not Mayavadis.

The four Kumaras and Sukadeva Goswami had advanced to the point of impersonal Brahman realization, but they were not antagonistic to the idea of God's being a person like the Mayavadis are. There is a distinction between Mayavadis and impersonalists. Mayavadi means one who says that the form of the Lord is maya. There are impersonalists who are not Mayavadis. Such impersonalists have advanced to the point of Brahman realization, but they are not inimical towards the personality of Godhead. They are sincere, open-minded seekers of truth. So the Kumaras and Sukadeva were in this category. They were sincere seekers of truth who had not yet been exposed to the Vaisnava conception of reality. As soon as they were exposed to Vaisnavism they immediately transcended impersonal Brahman realization and came to the platform of Bhagavan realization, full surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

I have never read anywhere that they taught impersonalism before becoming Vaisnavas.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari
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