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SRILA BHAKTISIDDHANTA SARASWATI

SRILA BHAKTISIDDHANTA SARASWATI

C.C. ADI 7.33
PURPORT
Srila Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvati Thäkura has explained the term "Mäyävädi" as follows: "The Supreme Personality of Godhead is transcendental to the material conception of life. A Mäyävädi is one who considers the body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Krsna to be made of mäyä and who also considers the abode of the Lord and the process of approaching Him, devotional service, to be mäyä. The Mäyävädi considers all the paraphernalia of devotional service to be mäyä." Mäyä refers to material existence, which is characterized by the reactions of fruitive activities. Mäyävädis consider devotional service to be among such fruitive activities. According to them, when bhägavatas (devotees) are purified by philosophical speculation, they will come to the real point of liberation. Those who speculate in this way regarding devotional service are called kutärkikas (false logicians), and those who consider devotional service to be fruitive activity are also called karma-nisthhas. Those who criticize devotional service are called nindakas (blasphemers). Similarly, nondevotees who consider devotional activities to be material are also called päsandis, and scholars with a similar viewpoint are called adhama paduyäs.

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