the jiva issue: sastra pramana

This was one of the main contentions discussed in ISKCON since 90's.
Srila Prabhupada states that the jiva was originally in the association of Sri Krsna, taking part in His lila.

It's difficult to conceive why would she leave the perfect situation and enter the world of suffering. Some Gaudiya Vaisnavas therefore gave an answer that the jiva was never with the Lord. This view was rejected by the GBC in its resolution 79/1995.

But with the lack of clear sastra pramana (the central pramana as per CC 2.20.352 p.) there was no philosophical conclusion.

It seems that the answer was hidden in plain sight... As we know one of the major causes why a devotee loses interest in the devotional service is aparadha. And this is what the Lord directly states in relation to liberated jivas in Parama samhita, one of the major Pancaratra texts. Quotes from Baroda Oriental Institute 1940 edition, photoscans with Sanskrit and English text: http://www.veda.harekrsna.cz/library/Paramasamhita_30.94-95_jiva-fall.zip

sAyujyaM pratipannAs te tIvra bhaktAs tapasvinaH
kiMkarA mamate nityA bhavanti nirupadravAH

Then, those having gained divine association and being rigorously devoted to Me and austere in life, become My servants, and remain ever in that condition without any trouble. (Parama samhita 30.94)

teSAM bhakty aparAdhena saMsAraH sambhavet punaH
anyathA sthitir evaiSAM mat prasAdena zAzvatI

To them, life in the samsara will come again by aparadhas in their devotional life. Otherwise this position is eternal here through My grace. (Parama samhita 30.95)

nivrttAs tu viziSyante sarvebhyaH puruSottamAH
saMsAra gocarAtItA nirvizeSAH sadA mama

Those, who are liberated from worldly life (nivRttAH or muktAH) however are the best of men, superior to those in samsara and always non-different from Me. (Parama samhita 30.96)

tat teSAM sambhavo bhUyaH pramAdo vAsti kazcana
vedAntair idam evoktaM vaiSNavaM paramaM padam

apavargaz ca muktiz ca nirvANaM caiva dehinAm
etad eva parA siddhir gatInAM paramA gatiH

To them there is no birth again, nor any illusion. What is called paramam padam of Visnu in the Vedanta is this alone; as also apavarga, mukti and nirvana to embodied beings. This alone is the ultimate attainable perfection, the ultimate goal of all goals. (Parama samhita 30.97-98)

In Srila Prabhupada's books is Parama samhita mentioned twice in CC Adi 5.41 p., as quoted in Sri Bhasya of Sri Ramanujacarya. In the Sandarbhas or HBV it's not quoted. That is probably the reason why it escaped the attention when the search for pramana was going on.

This is the last 'tough issue' for now. If you have some further suggestions, please let me know.