Simultaneously One and Different

In a life member’s home, Srila Prabhupada used the phrase “diversity in unity” to expertly explain acintya bhedabheda tattva. He said, “But still there are specific differences. That is called visista. One with specific difference. And the Mayavadi philosophers, they say, ‘No, there is no specific difference.’ This is maya. But we Vaisnava, we don’t say that. That sunshine is sunshine, sun globe is sun globe, and Sun-god is Sun-god. But taken together, they are all one. Diversity in unity. That is visista-advaitavada. So actually, all the Vaisnava acaryas, Madhvacarya, Ramanujacarya, Nimbarka, and Visnu Swami, there is no difference of opinion, but they have explained the Absolute Truth more vividly in their own angle of vision. Otherwise there is no difference. They never say that God and the living being are one. They will never say that. That is not Vaisnava philosophy.” (14 April 1975, Hyderabad).