You said, “In the Bhagavatam verse that mentions our origin, in 4.28.53-55, Krishna twice says that we rejected Him and came to this world, that it was our choice.”
Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura states that this leaving is from Maha-Visnu after the mahapralaya.
1. The assumption is that 4.28.54 retroactively applies to 4.28.53. The soul can reject Krishna and come to this world, and then remain without a home during the Maha-pralaya. I don’t see evidence that these two events are necessarily simultaneous.
2. In fact, the soul does not “reject” the Lord, when coming out of His body to reappear in the material world. [Continue reading] Was It Our Choice To Leave Krishna and His Abode?Read more...