Saint Ved Vyas relating the Bhagwatam to Shukdeo (3100 B.C.)

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(8) Correct understanding of the ‘self’ and ‘soul.’

       The Upnishads give two facts: (1) The first one is that the soul does not belong to maya or the mayic world because it itself is an eternal, infinitesimal and Divine entity

and (2) the second one is that the soul has a natural and eternal relationship with God. The Upnishads describe this fact with their aphorism like tattvamasi (Chand. 6/8/7). It means: (a) (tatsadrisham tvam) Soul (in its pure form) is substantially the same as God, like a drop of the ocean and the ocean itself. (b) (tasya tvam) Soul belongs to God as it is eternally related to Him. Souls are unlimited in number.

But the truth is that the souls in the mayic realm are eternally blemished with the association of maya which is an eternally existing delusive power of God that appears and multiplies itself in the form of this world.

Thus, a person has to recognize this truth, that he is under the bondage of maya and so he has to renounce his ignorance by properly understanding the fact that he does not belong to this mayic world, he only belongs to his Divine beloved God with Whom he has all kinds of sweet relationships, and after knowing that he has to love Him wholeheartedly and selflessly.



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