Two Bhagavatas

The Upanishads are the earliest form of revelation on Earth. Vyasadeva’s Vedanta-sutra is the world’s first attempt at theology—making sense out of revelation. Such theologizing requires that one speak in some measure the language of love as well as that of reason.

Vyasa, as the prototype of the guru, speaks both languages. He is fluent in the Godhead’s language of the heart—samadhi-bhasya—as well as the human language of the head. Sri Guru is thus the “Person Bhagavata,” from whom we can learn the “Book Bhagavata.” Sri Guru has solved the mystery of the heart and reasoned well about its significance. He or she brings the revelation, which is itself luminous, to light in an unprecedented manner and thus reveals the ongoing and dynamic nature of revealed truth.

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