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How Can Fragments Come from the Uncuttable?

Postby backtohome » Sat May 08, 2010 11:05 am

Question: How Can Fragments Come from the Uncuttable?

In the Bhagavad-gita it is said categorically that no weapon can cut the soul, no one can burn it, and no one can dry it. But according to Srila Prabhupada, we all are fragmental part and parcels of the Supreme Being. These things are contradictory. If the soul can not be cut how can the innumerable souls be fragmental parts of the Supreme Soul? Even if they are eternally present as fragmental parts of the Supreme Being, still this fact contradicts that the soul cannot be cut into pieces. Please answer my query. If Srila Prabhupada is right, then again at some time of history separate souls can come into existence.


Answer: By Krishna's Inconceivable Potency

There is no contradiction. This is your misunderstanding. And also kindly note that it is not Srila Prabhupada's statement that the individual souls are fragmental portions of the Supreme Soul. It is Krishna's statement as directly spoken by Him in Bhagavad-gita, Chapter 15, verse 7.

It's not that at some time in the past the fragmental living beings were one and the same with the Supreme Soul and that the Supreme Soul was cut into pieces to produce His fragmental parts and parcels. This is not possible because the part and parcel living beings are eternally fragmental. It should also be clearly understood that their eternal fragmental nature does not contradict the principle that souls cannot be into pieces because the Supreme Soul is never cut into pieces nor are the individual souls ever cut into pieces.

How is this so?

Just as the sun is not cut into fragments when its manifests itself as its reflections in thousands and millions of bodies of water all over the world, Krishna, the Supreme Soul, is not diminished or cut in any way by manifesting the infinite living beings throughout the entirety of existence.

Kindly do not remain locked into seeing things in terms of material time. Krishna is not obliged to act under the laws of material time because time is one of His energies. He confirms in the Bhagavad-gita that there was never a time in the past that the fragmental separate souls came into existence. They are the eternally fragmental energetic emanations of the Supreme Absolute Truth Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna.

So there is no question of the Supreme Soul being cut into pieces to produce the fragmental part and parcel living beings. The Supreme remains uncuttable while at the same time manifesting His fragmental parts. If the sun can do it, God can certainly also do it but with even greater potency. Indeed, He does it with inconceivable potency.

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