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Title: Advaita Acharya and Maha Vishnu
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-03-04 15:54:00
Q.Advaita Acarya and Maha Vishnu are Vishnu tattva but is Sadasiva ? What are† the differences between the 3?
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
SBSSTP Purport to Brahma Samhita 5.43:
†...next above Devi-dhama is located Siva-dhama one portion of† which, called Mahakala-dhama, is enveloped in darkness; interpenetrating this† portion of Siva-dhama there shines the Sadasivaloka, full of great light. Above† the same appears Hari-dhama or the transcendental Vaikunthaloka. The potency of† Devi-dhama, in the form of the extension of Maya, and that of Sivaloka,† consisting of time, space and matter , are the potency of the separated† particles pervaded by the penumbral reflection of the subjective portion of the† Divinity.
†Purport to 5.45:
The sail adulterating principle is† constituted of a combination of the stupefying quality of the deluding energy,† the quality of nonplenitude of the marginal potency and a slight degree of the† ecstatic-cum-cognitive principle of the plenary spiritual potency. This† specifically adulterated reflection of the principle of the† subjective portion of the Divinity is Sadasiva, in the form of the effulgent† masculine-symbol-god Sambhu from whom Rudradeva is manifested.
Lord Sadashiva of Vrajabhumi is explained in the great Gaura Gannodesha† Dipika by Shrila Kavi Karnapura:
76. Lord Sadasiva, who formerly appeared as an avesa-incarnation in† Vrajabhumi, appeared in Lord Gauranga's pastimes as Lord Advaita Gosvami, who is† non-different from Lord Gauranga Himself.
†77. Assuming the form of a cowherd boy, Lord Sadasiva danced with Lord† Krishna in Vrajabhumi. This is confirmed by the following statement of the† Siva-tantra, where Bhairava says:
†78. "One day, during the great festival of lights in the month of Kartika,† Lord Krishna enthusiastically danced with Lord Balarama and Their cowherd† friends.
†79. My dear Parvati, when Lord Sadashiva, my spiritual master, saw this† transcendental dancing, He yearned to become a cowherd boy and be able thus to† dance with Lord Krishna.
†80. By Lord Krishna's mercy Lord Sadashiva was able to appear in two forms. In† one form He remained as Lord Sadashiva, and in the other form He appeared as a†
cowherd boy in Vraja."
†81. Lord Shiva's friend Kuvera, the king of the Guhyakas, appeared in Lord† Gauranga's pastimes as Kuvera Pandita, the father of Lord Advaita.
†82. Formerly, on Mount Kailasa, where the Siddhas and Sadhyas reside, Kuvera,† who is very dear to Lord Shiva, chanted the transcendental mantra containing the†
names of Lord Shiva.
†83. Merciful Lord Shiva then said to Kuvera: "Please ask for some† benediction. It is My desire to give you some gift." Kuvera then asked for a† benediction, saying, "O my Lord, please become my son."
†84. Requested in this way, Lord Sadashiva, the master of the demigods and the† best of philanthropists, said to Kuvera: "During my next birth in the material† world
I shall accept the position of being your son."
†85. In this way Kuvera attained a very difficult to attain benediction. When† the appropriate time arrived, by Lord Sadashiva's mercy, Kuvera became the† father of Lord Advaita Acarya.