Eternal Existence - an essential subject
Eternal existence is a quality of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa. The Lord is eternally existent in His transcendental form, which is neither gross nor subtle like that of the embodied soul. As part of Kṛṣṇa, time, material nature and each individual soul also exist eternally. However, Kṛṣṇa is the only independent eternal being while everything else depends on Him.
The external energy of the Lord covers up the pure knowledge of the living entities eternally existing with Him, but the covering is so constant that it appears that the conditioned soul is eternally ignorant. These three modes of material nature, being further manifested as matter, knowledge and activities, put the eternally transcendental living entity under conditions of cause and effect and make him responsible for such activities.
Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Eternal Existence category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 13 quotes.
Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books
|The Lord is eternally existent in His transcendental form, which is neither gross nor subtle like that of the living being; His body is never to be compared to the gross and subtle bodies of the living being. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.3.32)|
|Only in ignorance does a living entity think that he is lost. If by attainment of knowledge he comes to the real position of his eternal existence, he knows that he is not lost. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 3.27.15)|
|Love of God is eternally existing within everyone; it simply has to be evoked by the process of hearing. Hearing and chanting are the principal methods of devotional service. (Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Chapter 1)|
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