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The Different Features of the Supreme Personality of Godhead

The Lord s plurality of forms is His most important feature. As yajnas should always be performed, so the Lord’s plurality of forms should always be an object of meditation, for this plurality is an essential feature of the Lord. As in an agnistoma-yajna, from its beginning until the avabhrta ceremony at its end, it remains always a yajna, in the same way among all the qualities of the Lord, His plurality of forms is always present and of prime importance. The evidence for this is given in this sutra in the words, “tatha hi darsayati” (So, indeed, the scriptures reveal). In the Chandogya Upanisad (7.23.1) it is said:

bhumaiva sukham nalpe sukham asti

“The bliss of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is in His abundant variety. His bliss is not present in a lack of variety.”

Thus the Lord’s bliss and other qualities are present in great abundance and great variety. They should be meditated on in this way. The scriptures reveal this of them. The word “darsayati” in. this sutra means, “they teach this in every circumstance”. Without accepting the Lord’s plurality of forms it is not possible to accept that His actions are all eternal.

Vedanta-sutra, Pada 3, Adhikarana 29, Sutra 59, Purport by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana

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