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Please explain the term "Achintya-Bheda-Abheda" ?

PostPosted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 3:53 am
by pathsearcher
As a truth seeker , i want to know more about the basics of spirituality... so please explain the term "Achintya-Bheda-Abheda सचेत तत् त्वम् असि" and related things in understandable manner and with authenticity ?

thanks ,Hare Krishna

Re: Please explain the term "Achintya-Bheda-Abheda" ?

PostPosted: Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:13 pm
by npawar
Hare krishna,
I am not expert devotee or scholar but want to present my limited knowledge.
Acintya bhedābheda is a school of Vedanta representing the philosophy of inconceivable one-ness and difference between God and his energies within the Gaudiya Vaishnava religious tradition. In Sanskrit achintya means 'inconceivable', bheda translates as 'difference', and abheda translates as 'one-ness'. It is believed that this philosophy was taught by the movement's theological founder Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and differentiates the Gaudiya tradition from the other Vaishnava Sampradayas.

"Caitanya's philosophy of acintya-bhedābheda-tattva completed the progression to devotional theism. Rāmānuja had agreed with Śaṅkara that the Absolute is one only, but he had disagreed by affirming individual variety within that oneness. Madhva had underscored the eternal duality of the Supreme and the Jīva: he had maintained that this duality endures even after liberation. Caitanya, in turn, specified that the Supreme and the jīvas are "inconceivably, simultaneously one and different" (acintya-bheda-abheda). He strongly opposed Śaṅkara's philosophy for its defiance of Vyāsadeva's siddhānta".

Ishvara is simultaneously "one with and different from His creation". In this sense Vaishnava theology is not pantheistic as in no way does it deny the separate existence of God (Vishnu) in His own personal form. However, at the same time, creation (or what is termed in Vaishnava theology as the 'cosmic manifestation') is never separated from God. He always exercises supreme control over his creation. Sometimes directly, but most of the time indirectly through his different potencies or energies (Prakrti).

1. drop of water in ocean and ocean both are same in quality but different quantitatively
2. Spark of fire and fire both are same in quality but different quantitatively
3. sunrays and sun both are same in quality but different quantitatively

like that God or Krishna and we are quality wise same (still some transcendental qualities no one can have which lords have* which is really beyond logic,faith & understanding) but quantitatively different.