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Gopinath Dasa

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  1. Lord Visnu is is also jnown as Paramatma (supersoul) & we the minute spiritual living entities are known as jivatma. The jivatma originates from the Paramatma & thus has a spiritual relationship with Him. And also to add Lord Visnu is also known as Mukunda, meaning the "awarder of liberation". Lord Siva is the greatest devotee of Lord Visnu (vaisnavanam yatha sambhu). He is never referred to as Paramatma or Mukunda. Lord Siva himself confirms the glories of worshipping Lord Visnu & His devotees in the Gita Mahatmya chapter of the Padma Purana. Once Lord Siva got into trouble with Vrkasura who wanted to test the "head explosion" boon given to himself by Lord Siva himself. It was Lord Visnu, in a guise, who saved him from disaster. Thus Lord Visnu is worshipped as the supreme controller & ultimate authority, and Lord Siva is worshipped as His greatest devotee.
  2. Hare Krsna! Kulashekara alwar & Andal actually glofified the form of Sri Krsna. I'm not so sure about the other personalities but I'm sure glorification of the Lord in Sri Krsna's form would exist in the 4000 Divya Prabandam. Caitanya Mahaprabhu being a direct (albeit covered) avatara of Sri Krsna will naturally want to invite back all the living entities to Goloka. The Gaudiya Vaisnavas simply follow in His footsteps. But I agree, we should be discreet & not offend the Visnu form & His bhaktas. He IS the Supreme Lord anyway. Not svayam Bhagavan, but a form of Bhagavan nevertheless. dasanudas, Gopinath Dasa
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