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Absolute Truth is vision from three angles of vision. Those who are trying to understand the Absolute Truth by the ascending process, they can reach up to the impersonal Brahman. Those who are trying to find out the Absolute Truth within himself

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Srimad-Bhagavatam Lectures

Absolute Truth is vision from three angles of vision. Those who are trying to understand the Absolute Truth by the ascending process, they can reach up to the impersonal Brahman. Those who are trying to find out the Absolute Truth within himself, Paramātmā, they can see the Absolute Truth localized.


Prabhupāda: So tattva, tattva means truth, Absolute Truth. So Absolute Truth is vision from three angles of vision. Those who are trying to understand the Absolute Truth by the ascending process, they can reach up to the impersonal Brahman. Those who are trying to find out the Absolute Truth within himself, Paramātmā, they can see the Absolute Truth localized. Localized means just like during meridian, everyone sees the sun on his head. There may be a person dispersed five thousand miles, but everyone will say that the sun is on his head. So the sun is one, but he appears to be on everyone's head. Similarly, Paramātmā, partial expansion of Kṛṣṇa:

eko 'py asau racayituṁ jagad-aṇḍa-koṭiṁ
yac-chaktir asti jagad-aṇḍa-cayāyad-antaḥ
aṇḍāntara-stha-paramāṇu-cayāntara-stham-
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi
(Bs. 5.35)

Eko 'py asau: one plenary portion, Saṅkarṣaṇa. Saṅkarṣaṇa is plenary portion of Kṛṣṇa. So Saṅkarṣaṇa, one, He is managing the whole material creation. Racayituṁ. From Saṅkarṣaṇa there are puruṣa-avatāra: the Mahā-Viṣṇu, Kāraṇodakaśāyī; from Him, again second puruṣa avatāra, Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu; and again from Him, the third puruṣa avatāra is Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu. Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu is within this universe. He is lying on the ocean of milk, kṣīra. So the Paramātmā . . . He is Paramātmā feature.

This Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣṇu is situated in everyone's heart: aṇḍāntarasthaṁ. Aṇḍāntarasthaṁ is the Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, and aṇḍāntarasthaṁ and paramāṇu-cayāntarastham: not only within the universe, but within the atom of the universe. Nobody can count how many atoms are there, but is still, still Viṣṇu is there. This is Paramātmā—brahmeti paramātmeti.

Bhagavān, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is sac-cid-ānanda-vigrahaḥ—eternal blissful knowledge personified: a person who is eternal blissful knowledge. So Brahman is eternity, and Paramātmā is knowledge and Kṛṣṇa is bliss. So three things, sac-cid-ānanda—eternity, knowledge and bliss—they are fully present in Kṛṣṇa.

So kṛṣṇas tu bhagavān svayam, that will be explained. The original Bhagavān . . . Bhagavān, they are all Bhagavāns. From Kṛṣṇa, Baladeva; from Baladeva, Saṅkarṣaṇa, Aniruddha, Pradumnya, huh, Vāsudeva. In this way expansion. One lamp, one candle, you ignite another candle, another, another, another—hundreds and thousands of candles—all the candles are of the same power, not that the second candle is less powerful than the first candle. No. All viṣṇu-tattvas, They are the same Personality of Godhead.

That is also explained in Brahma-saṁhitā: advaitam acyutam anādim ananta-rūpam (Bs. 5.33). Ananta means unlimited number, expansion. The unlimitedness is compared, just like there are waves in the river; it is going on perpetually, nobody can count. Similarly, how many incarnations and expansions are coming out from original Personality of Godhead nobody can count. Everything unlimited. So . . . but They are all the same, viṣṇu-tattva.

They are called svāṁśas. Svāṁśa means personal expansion, and we are, we living entities, we are also expansion, part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa, but we are vibhinnāṁśa. Vibhinnāṁśa: separated part and parcel. We are not as powerful as viṣṇu-tattva. Viṣṇu-tattva is all-powerful; we are also powerful, partially. Just like Brahmā. Brahmā is also a living entity, but he is so powerful that he can create a universe. But Brahmā is created by Viṣṇu, and Lord Śiva is created by Brahmā, and all the demigods.

So God, there are different degrees of God. Anyone can claim, "I am God." God means controller. So there are different degrees. I am controller, but I am controlled by somebody else; he is also controlled by somebody else. In this way go on, you'll find everyone is controller to some extent, but at the end he is controlled by somebody else. In this way, when you come to viṣṇu-tattva, then you will find that Viṣṇu, He controls everything, but there is nobody controller of Him. Viṣṇu-tattva or kṛṣṇa-tattva—generally known as viṣṇu-tattva. Jiva-tattva: we are jīva-tattva.

So because we have no inquisitiveness, as recommended in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, jīvasya tattva-jijñāsā (SB 1.2.10) . . . we are not inquisitive. We, when we find that tiny god within, there is finished. No. You search more, tattva-jijñāsā: "Who is this cause?" Just like here in this material world, we find the sun is most powerful. Sun is the most powerful. Then if you go on researching, then what is next to the sun? We see the sun globe, but we don't see the sun god. But there is sun god. So if we can penetrate into the sun globe, then we can find there is sun god; he is the cause of the sun globe.