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Sri Vishnu is the Supreme Truth
om tad visno paramam padam sada
pasyanti surayah diviva caksur-atatam
tad vipraso vipanyavo jagrvamsah
samindhate visnor yat paramam padam
The supreme abode of Lord Vishnu, or the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu, is spread all around like the sunlight in the sky. Great demigods and saintly persons always see that supreme abode, recognizing Him as the highest truth. Spiritually awake souls learned in transcendental understanding glorify the Lord and make that abode more brilliant. (Eg Veda 1.22.20,21)
योगसन्नयस्तकर्माणं ज्ञानसञ्न्निसंशयम् ।
आत्मवन्तं न कर्माणि निबध्नन्ति धनञ्जय ॥
भावार्थ : हे धनंजय! जिसने कर्मयोग की विधि से समस्त कर्मों का परमात्मा में अर्पण कर दिया है और जिसने विवेक द्वारा समस्त संशयों का नाश कर दिया है, ऐसे वश में किए हुए अन्तःकरण वाले पुरुष को कर्म नहीं बाँधते॥41॥
Therefore, one who has renounced the fruits of his action, whose doubts are destroyed by transcendental knowledge, and who is situated firmly in the self, is not bound by works, O conqueror of riches.
One who follows the instruction of the Gita, as it is imparted by the Lord, the Personality of Godhead Himself, becomes free from all doubts by the grace of transcendental knowledge. He, as a part and parcel of the Lord, in full Krsna consciousness, is already established in self-knowledge. As such, he is undoubtedly above bondage to action.
The Supreme Truth has Three Potencies Sandhini (existence), Samvit (consciousness) and Hladini (ecstasy)
na tasya karyam karanaosca vidyate
na tat samas cabhyadhikas ca drsyate
parasya saktir-vividhaiva sruyate
svabhaviki jnana-bala-kriya ca
He does not have a bodily form like that of an ordinary living entity: He has a transcendental form of bliss and knowledge. His senses are all transcendental. Nothing is greater than Him or equal to Him. His potencies are multifarious, such as cognitive, will and active potency. (Svetasvatara Upanisad 6.8)
अज्ञश्चश्रद्दधानश्च संशयात्मा विनश्यति ।
नायं लोकोऽस्ति न परो न सुखं संशयात्मनः ॥
भावार्थ : विवेकहीन और श्रद्धारहित संशययुक्त मनुष्य परमार्थ से अवश्य भ्रष्ट हो जाता है। ऐसे संशययुक्त मनुष्य के लिए न यह लोक है, न परलोक है और न सुख ही है॥40॥
But ignorant and faithless persons who doubt the revealed scriptures do not attain God consciousness. For the doubting soul there is happiness neither in this world nor in the next.
Out of many standard and authoritative revealed scriptures, the Bhagavad-gita is the best. Persons who are almost like animals have no faith in, or knowledge of, the standard revealed scriptures; and some, even though they have knowledge of, or can cite passages from, the revealed scriptures, have actually no faith in these words. And even though others may have faith in scriptures like Bhagavad-gita, they do not believe in or worship the Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna. Such persons cannot have any standing in Krsna consciousness. They fall down. Out of all the abovementioned persons, those who have no faith and are always doubtful make no progress at all. Men without faith in God and His revealed word find no good in this world, nor in the next. For them there is no happiness whatsoever. One should therefore follow the principles of revealed scriptures with faith and thereby be raised to the platform of knowledge. Only this knowledge will help one become promoted to the transcendental platform of spiritual understanding. In other words, doubtful persons have no status whatsoever in spiritual emancipation. One should therefore follow in the footsteps of great acaryas who are in the disciplic succession and thereby attain success.
Paramatma is an Ekamsa Expansion of the Supreme Lord
paramatma yeoho, tenho krsnera eka amsa
atmara ‘atma’ haya krishna sarva-avatamsa
Paramatma is the partially complete portion (ekamsa) of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Krishna is the original source of all living entities, and is the source of Paramatma. (Cc . Mad. 20.161)
pradesa-matram purusam vasantam
gada-dharam dharanaya smaranti
Others conceive of the Personality of Godhead residing within the body in the region of the heart, and measuring only eight inches, with four hands holding lotus, wheel, conch, and club. (Bhag. 2.2.8)
श्रद्धावाँल्लभते ज्ञानं तत्परः संयतेन्द्रियः ।
ज्ञानं लब्धवा परां शान्तिमचिरेणाधिगच्छति ॥
भावार्थ : जितेन्द्रिय, साधनपरायण और श्रद्धावान मनुष्य ज्ञान को प्राप्त होता है तथा ज्ञान को प्राप्त होकर वह बिना विलम्ब के- तत्काल ही भगवत्प्राप्तिरूप परम शान्ति को प्राप्त हो जाता है॥39॥
A faithful man who is absorbed in transcendental knowledge and who subdues his senses quickly attains the supreme spiritual peace.
Such knowledge in Krsna consciousness can be achieved by a faithful person who believes firmly in Krsna. One is called a faithful man who thinks that, simply by acting in Krsna consciousness, he can attain the highest perfection. This faith is attained by the discharge of devotional service, and by chanting "Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare," which cleanses one's heart of all material dirt. Over and above this, one should control the senses. A person who is faithful to Krsna and who controls the senses can easily attain perfection in the knowledge of Krsna consciousness without delay.
Yogis Worship the Supersoul
isvarah sarva-bhutanam hrd-dese ‘rjuna tisthati
bhramayan sarva-bhutani yantrarudhani mayaya
The Supreme Lord is situated in every one’s heart, O Arjuna, and is directing the wanderings of all living entities who are seated as on a machine made of material energy. (Bhagavad-gita 18.61)
atha va bahunaitena kim jnatena tavarjuna
vistabhyaham idam krtsnam ekamsena sthito jagat
What need is there, O Arjuna, for all this detailed knowledge? With a single fragment of Myself, I pervade and support this entire universe. (Bhagavad-gita 10.42)
mayadhyaksena prakrtih suyate sa-caracaram
hetunanena kaunteya jagad viparivartate
Material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, and produces all moving and non-moving beings. Under its rule, this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again. (Bhagavad-gita 9.10)
aham hi sarva-yajnanam bhokta ca prabhur eva ca
na tu mam abhijananti tattvenatas cyavanti te
I am the only enjoyer and master of all sacrifices. Those who do not recognize My true transcendental position fall down. (Bhagavad-gita 9.24)
न हि ज्ञानेन सदृशं पवित्रमिह विद्यते ।
तत्स्वयं योगसंसिद्धः कालेनात्मनि विन्दति ॥
भावार्थ : इस संसार में ज्ञान के समान पवित्र करने वाला निःसंदेह कुछ भी नहीं है। उस ज्ञान को कितने ही काल से कर्मयोग द्वारा शुद्धान्तःकरण हुआ मनुष्य अपने-आप ही आत्मा में पा लेता है॥38॥
In this world, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Such knowledge is the mature fruit of all mysticism. And one who has achieved this enjoys the self within himself in due course of time.
When we speak of transcendental knowledge, we do so in terms of spiritual understanding. As such, there is nothing so sublime and pure as transcendental knowledge. Ignorance is the cause of our bondage, and knowledge is the cause of our liberation. This knowledge is the mature fruit of devotional service, and when one is situated in transcendental knowledge, he need not search for peace elsewhere, for he enjoys peace within himself. In other words, this knowledge and peace are culminated in Krsna consciousness. That is the last word in the Bhagavad-gita.
Nirvisesa Means Krishna has no Material Qualities
taore ‘nirvisesa’ kahi, cic-chakti na mani
ardha-svarupa na manile purnata haya hani
When one speaks of the Supreme as impersonal, one denies His spiritual potencies. Logically, if you accept only half the truth, you cannot understand the whole. (Cc. Adi 7.140)
vyaojite bhagavat-tattve brahma ca vyajyate svayam
When the knowledge about Bhagavan is revealed, Brahman automatically becomes known. (Bhagavat-sandarbha 7)
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