Shandilya Bhakti Sutra
Maya and Bhagawan, are eternal, existing irrespective of the creation, maintenance or annihilation of the universe. Maya is not unreal because she is the potency of Bhagawan. The Lord is her master and she is the embodiment of His energy. Energy is always subservient to the energetic, just like a powerful person may not display his power although he does possess it.
Though essentially living entities are spiritual, they are subjected to the Mayic force of Bhagawan, due to their enjoying tendency overpowering their spiritual characteristic.
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Achintya bheda abheda is an amalgamation of pure philosophies propagates by the various schools of thought of Dvaita and Advaita. This are the original teachings of Sriman Chaintanya Mahaprabhu.
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Shandilya Bhakti sutras explains the characteristics of True Bhakti and how Bhakti can be directed as a means to attract Bhagawan. Bhakti is the nature of the soul, but many times, people do not understand the true meaning of bhakti.
Many scholars and learned men, on the path of spirituality praise the paths of Karma Yoga and Jnana Yoga. These paths are even recommended in the Gita, spoken by the Supreme Lord. But in the same Scripture the Lord establishes the purity and superiority of the simple path of Bhakti which is not as elaborate as the paths of Jnana and Karma. The greatness of Bhakti is its simplicity and its power to enslave the Lord. The Lord says that he is happy to be sold out to the living entity who has surrendered to the feet of the Supreme Being. Bhakti starts with the cultivation of surrendered faith.