Shri Datta Swami

Jnana Saraswati – Parabrahma Sutras


35. Soul: medium and metaphor for God

विशिष्टात्मा रूपकोपाधिः।३५।
viśiṣṭātmā rūpakopādhiḥ|35|

When God enters a particular soul as His medium, such a medium can stand not only as a medium but also as a metaphor in place of an ordinary soul.


Inert items can be rejected as the media of God based on the above basic concept. But when a soul is mentioned, how can we know whether the soul is a metaphor or a medium for God? The word ‘soul’ can stand for either possibilities of medium or metaphor. This objection can be overruled because the soul acting as a medium for God is already an ordinary soul, which can always act as a metaphor. This means that if you take the soul acting as a medium also to be a metaphor, there is no harm. According to the requirement of the context, you can take the soul as an ordinary soul standing as a metaphor or as a specific soul standing as the medium of God. A single soul can stand for both the possibilities as per the requirement of the context.

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