- The Impersonalists


Mayavadis are impersonalists who cannot understand the transcendental nature of the Supreme Lord. Since they are unable to comprehend the spiritual form of the Lord they wrongly conclude the Supreme to be impersonal. As such they preach impersonal mayavadi philosophy.

Generally, people who are attached to the bodily conception of life are so absorbed in materialism that it is almost impossible for them to understand that there is a spiritual body which is imperishable, full of knowledge and eternally blissful.

In the materialistic concept, the body is perishable, full of ignorance and completely miserable. Therefore, people in general keep this same bodily idea in mind when they are informed of the personal nature of the Supreme Absolute Truth. For such materialistic men, the form of the gigantic material manifestation is supreme. Consequently they consider the Supreme to be impersonal.

And because they are too materially absorbed, the conception of retaining the personality after liberation from matter frightens them. When they are informed that spiritual life is also individual and personal, they become afraid of becoming persons again, and so they naturally prefer a kind of merging into the impersonal void.

Generally they compare the living entities to the bubbles of the ocean, which merge into the ocean. For impersonalists this is the highest perfection of spiritual existence attainable without individual personality.

Furthermore there are many persons who cannot understand spiritual existence at all. Being embarrassed by so many theories and by contradictions of various types of philosophical speculations, they become disgusted or angry and foolishly conclude that there is no supreme cause and that everything is ultimately void. Such people are in a diseased condition of life. Some people are too materially attached and therefore do not give attention to spiritual life, some of them want to merge into the supreme spiritual cause, and some of them disbelieve in everything, being angry at all sorts of spiritual speculation out of hopelessness. This last class of men take to the shelter of some kind of intoxication or use drugs, and their effective hallucinations are sometimes accepted as spiritual vision.

One has to get rid of all three states of attachment to the material world: negligence of spiritual life, fear of a spiritual personal identity, and the conception of void that underlies the frustration of life. To get free from these three stages of the material concept of life, one has to take complete shelter of the Lord, guided by a bona fide spiritual master, and follow the disciplines and regulative principles of devotional life. Thus, being freed from all material attachment, from the fearfulness of one's individual spiritual personality, and from the frustrations resulting from void philosophy, one can come to the highest realization of the absolute truth.

please also see:
Letter to a Mayavadi
Mayavadi Philosophy


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