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Any Existence Not Founded on Krishna?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:45 pm
by backtohome
Question: Any Existence Not Founded on Krishna?

Can you please clarify this?

In the purport of verse 10.39, Srila Prabhupada mentions:

Whatever existence is not founded on the energy of Krishna is called maya, "that which is not".

By this statement one could conclude that there is some existence not founded on Krishna's energy. This would disprove Krishna's statement that He is the seed of all existence and therefore could not be true. I thought and counteracted this point by Krishna's statement that Maya is His illusory energy. So there can be no substance that can exist without Krishna, be it real or illusory.

Please clarify if my understanding is correct.

Your insignificant servant
Adi Purusha Das

Answer: All Existence is Founded on Krishna

You have understood correctly. Both the spiritual world and its shadow, this material world, are the energy of the Lord. There is no existence beyond what Krishna is manifesting.

When Srila Prabhupada says that whatever existence is not founded on the energy of Krishna is "that which is not", he is saying that there is no such thing as something existing outside of the energy of Krishna. The spiritual world and the material world are both the manifestations of Krishna's potency. Both of them are real. The difference is that the material world is temporary, in that it goes through phases of manifestation and non-manifestation, while the spiritual world is eternally manifested.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari