Loss of Identity?

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

Ahibhuk kaivarta nyāyaḥ (Ahibhuk and boatman)

A man named Ahibhuk wanted to cross a river. He got aboard a boat on which there were plenty of passengers. Ahibhuk thought for himself that if there are so many persons on the boat that it would be no wonder if he loses himself and becomes changed to one of them. To avert such a calamity, Ahibhuk wrapped around his foot a piece of rope to keep a mark upon himself, and then feeling easy in his mind, fell fast asleep. The boatman chanced to overhear the man's loud soliloquy and saw his queer maneuvers. Finding the man in deep sleep, he untied the rope from the man's feet and fastened to his own. Ahibhuk on waking, seeing the rope on another's man foot, exclaimed, “Alas! I have changed to a boatman! I knew this would happen!"

Despite the obvious utter stupidity of this particular Ahibhuk, as shown in this incident, when it comes to spiritual emancipation, there are many, who pose themselves as salvationists by the propagation of loss of one's identity and undifferentiated equality of everyone. They preach like, “Everyone is god.” “All is one” “God has no form.” ”All are equal.” "Everything is an illusion.", and more similar bluffs. They are of the same brain level as dull Ahibhuk.

na tv evāhaṁ jātu nāsaṁ

na tvaṁ neme janādhipāḥ

na caiva na bhaviṣyāmaḥ

sarve vayam ataḥ param

(Bg 2.12)

Just this one verse clearly confirms the eternal individuality of each soul, and separate individuality of each soul, and Kṛṣṇa Himself. On what ground certain persons claim to merge of the individual soul with Kṛṣṇa, even Kṛṣṇa Himself does not know.

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