From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia

By Swami Harshananda

Avikṛta-pariṇāma-vāda literally means ‘doctrine of unchanged transformation’.

Among the post-Śaṅkara schools of Vedānta, the Suddhādvaita[1] of Vallabha (A. D. 1473- 1531) acquires an eminent place. This school, based equally on the authority of the Bhagavadgitā, the Bhāgavata, the Vedas and the Brahmasutras, posits Brahman as personal.

He creates this world in ‘līlā’ or the sports played by him. But though this world is apariṇāma’ or his transformation, he continues to remain ‘avikṛta’ or unchanged, since the entire process is only a līlā. This doctrine is therefore called ‘avikṛta-pariṇāma-vāda.’


  1. Also known as ‘Puṣṭimārga’
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore