avikṛta-pariṇāma-vāda

(‘doctrine of unchanged transformation’)

Among the post-Śaṅkara schools of Vedānta, the Śuddhādvaita (also known as ‘Puṣṭimārga’) of Vallabha (A. D. 1473-1531) is an important one. This school based equally on the authority of the Bhagavadgītā and the Bhāgavata as also on the Vedas and the Brahmasūtras, posits Brahman as personal. He creates this world in ‘līlā’ or sport out of himself. But though this world is a ‘pariṇāma’ or a transformation of his, he continues to remain ‘avikṛta’ or unchanged, since the entire process is only a līlā. This doctrine is therefore called ‘avikṛta-pariṇāma-vāda.’

See also PUṢṬIMĀRGA, ŚUDDHĀDVAITA and VALLABHĀCĀRYA.