Vishnu Purana is one of the primary texts of Vaishnavism. It's the authority over Vaishnavism.

Does it talk about Vaikutha? If not what it says regarding the highest abode of Vishnu? Does it uphold the Advaitik abode of Vishnu that is formless and not perceptible or Vaikuntha?

  • yes dear, vaikuntha is the abode of krishna and in that abode there are pure clean souls that live with krishna singing his glories . and there are the doorkeepers in vaikuntha that is jaya and vijaya. they only allow devotees that are properly dressed and pure souls that are chanting krishna name to enter into vaikuntha whereas they dont allow non devotees to enter vaikuntha because they dont care of spiritual world and for non devotees they think material things so thats why the doorkeepers have blocked their way and so they fall back into material world. Dec 14, 2017 at 11:11

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The supreme abode of Vishnu is non-dualistic in nature as mentioned in Vishnu Purana. In my reading, I found that Vaikuntha word is absent in Vishnu Purana. And while reading it I came across this verse.

यत्तदव्यक्तमजरमचिन्त्यमजमव्ययम् । अनिर्देश्यमरूपं च पाणिपादाद्यसंयुतम् ॥६६॥
विभुः सर्वगतं नित्यं भूतयोनिरकारणम् । व्याप्यव्याप्तं यतः सर्वं यद्वै पश्यन्ति सूरयः ॥६७॥
तद्ब्रह्मतत्परं धाम तद्धयेयं मोक्षकाङ्क्षभिः। श्रुतिवाक्योदितं सूक्ष्मं तद्विष्णोः परमं पदम् ॥६८॥

That which is imperceptible, undecaying, inconceivable, unborn, inexhaustible, indescribable; which has neither form, nor hands, nor feet; which is almighty, omnipresent, eternal; the cause of all things, and without cause; permeating all, itself unpenetrated, and from which all things proceed; that is the object which the wise behold, that is Brahman, that is the supreme state, that is the subject of contemplation to those who desire liberation, that is the thing spoken of by the Vedas, the infinitely subtle, supreme abode of Vishnu (तद्विष्णो: परमं पदं)-- Vishnu Purana - 6.5.66-68

This verse is quite explicit and it leaves no doubt that formless Brahman is the supreme abode or state of Vishnu.

The above translation is based on Sanskrit-Hindi Vishnu Purana

Source: English translation.

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    Good answer but formless doesn't alone guarantee Advaitic nature. Nirguna Brahman in Advaita is without attributes. Nirakara and Nirguna are two different things in Advaita. btw, welcome to Hinduism SE.
    – The Destroyer
    Nov 12, 2017 at 9:57
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    @TheDestroyer But nirguna Brahman is often described by negating attributes. Negation is used here in that verse to indicate the supreme Abode of Vishnu. Form is an attribute here and it has been negated by formless word. Anyway can you tell me how to contact moderators? I'm not able to comment on posts.
    – user6990
    Nov 12, 2017 at 10:17
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    Yes. Nirguna Braman is often described by negation. On Stack Exchange sites you get privileges by reputation. For beta sites (i.e, this site) see this page . You need reputation of 50 to comment and 20 to participate in chat.
    – The Destroyer
    Nov 12, 2017 at 10:17
  • "...that is the thing spoken of by the Vedas, the infinitely subtile, supreme condition of Vishńu." Any specific reason behind altering the word 'condition' from source you linked and quoting it as 'abode' in your answer!? Nov 12, 2017 at 10:34
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    I've added Sanskrit verses 66-68 of which translation is quoted.
    – Pandya
    Nov 12, 2017 at 13:24

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