Compiled by Vidura Mahatma dasa —
Srila Prabhupada gives the definite conclusion on the origin of the jiva / living entity.
The conclusion is that the living entity was originally with Lord Krishna in Vaikuntha-loka.
The cause of his fall down was ultimately the independent quality of the jiva.
“Having unflinching faith in the Supreme Lord as one’s protector, friend and master is the natural condition of eternal life. A living entity is so made by the will of the Almighty that he is most happy when placing himself in a condition of absolute dependence.