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4. Bondage:


     According to Vallabha, the Jiva's association with `avidya', as well as his bondage and freedom, are brought about by the free will of Brahman for the purpose of sport.


5. Moksa:


     The moksa which consists in the absolute cessation of all misery and the experiencing of the bliss which was observed in the condition of Samsara, can be attained by two means, Bhakti (devotion) and Jnana (knowledge). Of these the former is superior, since it leads to the realisation of the divine form of the Brahman as Krishna or Purusottama, in which the Anandamsa is at its best; while the latter is inferior, as it leads to the realisation of the second or nonİdeterminate form of brahman where the Anandamsa is of an inferior order. bhakti itself is of two degrees, `Maryadabhakti' and `Pustibhakti'. In the former, the devotee attains moksa by practice of means (`sadhana') on his own part, such as, the disciplines laid down in the Sastra, which produce an aversion to worldly things, or worship and prayer of  Bhagavan. In the latterİand this is the higher kind of Bhakti the devotee, without having recourse to any Sadhanas, depends upon nothing but pure and simple love of Him; his goal is only the service of Hari; his highest pleasure is to become one of the associated of Hari and to sport with him in the celestial Vrndavana. This `pustibhakti' is the privilege of only him whom Bhagavan is pleased to favour; it begins with `prema' which removes a liking for anything but Hari, and passing through `asakti' which produces a positive aversion to objects not connected with Hari, culminates in `vyasana' or entire devotion to Hari.