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Question: We understand from Srimad Bhagavatam that the jnanis merge into the impersonal brahman but they fall down. The Impersonal brahman I understand is spread over the entire creation – material world as well as spiritual world. My question is, do the jnanis merge into the impersonal brahman within the material creation or in the impersonal brahman on the other side of the Viraja river. If on the other side of the Viraja river one would tend to think they should not fall down. Could you please clarify this doubt of mine and explain the correct understanding?

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Jayapataka Swami: You see, we are by nature active. We like to do some activity. But the impersonal brahman merging in that impersonal effulgence of the Lord is inactive then. So then we may stay there, millions of kalpas or long time but eventually we would like to act. Since we don’t know about spiritual action, then our activity becomes material. You see the bhakti yogis they act in the service of Krsna. They do different services to Krsna in the form of Varahadeva or Ramacandra or Krsna and the bhakti yogis, they don’t accept to merge in the impersonal effulgence. So the question is that if someone merges in the impersonal effulgence, they come out, if they are used to the material activity then they will naturally fall down into the material world. If they know spiritual activity, then they might go to the spiritual world, but usually they don’t know that because they think the Lord is impersonal. So when they become active again, they become active in a material sense. Haribol! 05-FEBRUARY-2020 SRI MAYAPUR DHAM, INDIA