Yoga and on Theoretically, a devotee begins with the worship of images of god and then progresses through the other forms. That this is a normative or ideal scheme rather than an actually practised one is indicated by the fact that the Alvars themselves went around the countryside singing the praises of images. 2. In Nimbarka s Hamsa system god is both different from and the same as the souls and the world (hence bedhabheda: bheda = difference abheda = non-difference). Nimbarka differs from Ramanuja primarily on the issue of the eternality of souls and the universe. For him these are simply transformations (parinama) of god rather than eternal existants. This is essentially the view found in the early Upanisads. Yoga and 2016.
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