How many divisions does Brahma-sutra have?

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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– How many divisions does the Brahma-sutra have and what do they establish?

– The Brahma-sutra (Vedanta-Sutra) is divided into 4 chapters. Each chapter is further divided into 4 parts. The first chapter of Brahma-sutra describes that all the Vedas are in perfect harmony with the Para Brahman, the second chapter describes that Sastras do not contradict each other, the 3rd chapter describes the process for attaining Brahman, and 4th chapter describes that attaining Brahman is the ultimate goal of life.

Living entities who are faithful, peaceful, pure-hearted, self-controlled, free from material desires, and greedy to associate with saintly persons are qualified to study this Sastra. This Sastra gives knowledge, and that knowledge is about the Para Brahman; therefore, this scripture and the Para Brahman are related to each other.

This Sastra establishes that Sri Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead; He is pure, eternal, flawless, and full of bliss, knowledge, unlimited qualities, and inconceivable potencies. The goal of this Sastra is to remove the unlimited faults of the living entities and help them meet the Supreme Lord.

There are 5 branches of knowledge in this Sastra: visaya, samsaya, purva-paksa, siddhanta or sangati, and nyaya. Nyaya is a particular portion of each chapter, visaya are statements for consideration, samsaya discuss doubts, purva-paksa discusses opposing arguments, and siddhanta is the authentic conclusion. (Sajjana-toshani 8/1)

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Natural Brotherhood (Bhaktivinoda Thakura):

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"Gradually, when the offensive portions of the established religions are destroyed, there will be no more differences in the bhajana performed by the various Sampradayas nor any quarrel between them.

Then as brothers, the people of all castes and countries will spontaneously chant the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord together.

At that time, no one will hate anyone or consider others dogeaters; nor will anyone be overwhelmed by the pride of high birth.

The living entities will not forget the principle of natural brotherhood."

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