Shri Datta Swami

Jnana Saraswati – Parabrahma Sutras


229. Sins of atheists are different

भिन्ना तु नास्तिकावज्ञा।२२९।
bhinnā tu nāstikāvajñā|229|

The insult done by an atheist is quite different.


The insult of the liberated soul in this case meets a negligible punishment because this is the case of a strong devotee erring due to the inevitable human psychology. The same insult done to a liberated soul by an atheist or a demon is quite different. In this case God takes it more seriously than even the insult to Himself. For example, the insult done to Prahlada, a liberated soul, was taken more seriously by God, because Hiranyakashipu was not a devotee of God. Moreover, Hiranyakashipu continuously insulted Prahlada unlike a rare insult by Satyabhama. Both these cases are quite opposite and hence the insult of a liberated soul is considered to be negligible (when done by a devotee) as well as very serious (when done by atheist) depending on the context.

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