Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 84: The Sages' Teachings at Kurukṣetra

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.84.61

śrī-vasudeva uvāca

bhrātar īśa-kṛtaḥ pāśo

nṛnāḿ yaḥ sneha-saḿjñitaḥ

taḿ dustyajam ahaḿ manye

śūrāṇām api yoginām


śrī-vasudevaḥ uvācaŚrī Vasudeva said; bhrātaḥO brother; īśa — by the Supreme Lord; kṛtaḥmade; pāśaḥ — the noose; nṛṇām — of men; yaḥ — which; sneha — affection; saḿjñitaḥ — named; tamit; dustyajam — difficult to free oneself from; ahamI; manye — think; śūrāṇām — for heroes; api — even; yoginām — and for yogīs.


Śrī Vasudeva said: My dear brother, God Himself has tied the knot called affection, which tightly binds human beings together. It seems to me that even great heroes and mystics find it very difficult to free themselves from it.


Heroic leaders of men try to transcend their petty attachments by force of will, while introspective yogīs pursue knowledge for the same purpose. But the Lord's illusory energy, Māyā, is much stronger than any conditioned soul. Only by taking shelter of Kṛṣṇa, the Lord of Māyā, can one become immune to her influence.

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