पूर्ववद्वा ॥ २९ ॥
pūrvavadvā || 29 ||
pūrvavat—As before; vā—or.
29. Or (the relation between the two, i.e. Jiva and Brahman) is as given before.
Having given in the two previous Sutras the view of Bhedabhedavadins, the upholders of difference and non-difference, this Sutra refutes it and establishes as the final truth what has been stated in Sutra 25, viz. that the difference is merely illusory and nondifference is the reality. For if the difference is also real, it can never cease to be, and all the instruction of the Sruti with respect to Liberation will be useless, for bondage is nothing but this idea of separateness, and if this is real, there can be no Liberation at all. But if the difference is due to ignorance, then Knowledge can destroy it and the reality, the non-difference may be realized. So the views given in Sutras 27 and 28, which later on were developed by Kumarila and Bhaskara, are not correct, and the view given in Sutra 25 alone is correct.