What is The Eternal & Constitutional Function of The Jiva/Soul?
Extracted From Jaiva-dharma By Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur
Chapter “5”
Vaidhi-bhakti is Nitya (Eternal), Not Naimittika (Causal, Circumstantial & Temporary)

Segment 036: “Is Sandhya-Vandana not Hari-Bhajana?  Do the divisions of Hari-Bhajana have some secondary results?  Is There any difference between Sandhya-Vandana and the practices that constitute Vaidhi-bhakti (Bhakti that is performed by rule, law, religious injunction or regulation), such as  Sandhyavandana?

Segment 037: “Then Why Do the Scriptures praise the virtues of the secondary results?”

Segment 038: If that is the case, how should one know which directives of the Scripture to have Faith in? Moreover, how many of those of lower adhikara (eligibility), attain a higher destination?

Segment 039: “The activities of the Vaisnavas consist of Sravanam, Kirtanam, Smaranam, Pada-sevanam, Arcanam, Vandanam, Dasyam, Sakhyam, and Atma-nivedanam, and they are significantly connected with mtter; so, why are not they also referred to as temporary, Naimittika?  It appears that there is some partiality in these activities, such as the service of the Deity, easting, and worship with material ingredients, which are all connected with gross matter; so, how can they be Eternal?”

Segment 040: If one worships the Sri-vigraha (Deity) of Bhagavan, but does not accept that Vigraha as Eternal, Then it is not worship of an Eternal Object; it is the Worship of a Temporary Forms?  But Sri-vigraha that is worshiped is fashioned by a human being; so, how Can it be Eternal?” 

Segment 041: “According to the ideology, of those who follow the tenets found in the Qur’an and the many books of the Sufis; what is meant by mukti?  What is the primary teaching of the Qur’an?  Does the Qur’an accept that the Lord has a transcendental form?  What is the Opinion of the Sufis in this regard?”

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