Canto 11: General HistoryChapter 14: Lord Kṛṣṇa Explains the Yoga System to Śrī Uddhava

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.14.2

bhavatodāhṛtaḥ svāmin

bhakti-yogo 'napekṣitaḥ

nirasya sarvataḥ sańgaḿ

yena tvayy āviśen manaḥ


bhavatā — by You; udāhṛtaḥ — clearly stated; svāminO my Lord; bhakti-yogaḥ — devotional service; anapekṣitaḥ — without material desires; nirasya — removing; sarvataḥin all respects; sańgam — material association; yena — by which (devotional service); tvayiin Your Lordship; āviśet — may enter; manaḥ — the mind.


My dear Lord, You have clearly explained the process of unalloyed devotional service, by which a devotee removes all material association from his life, enabling him to fix his mind on You.


It is now clearly established that pure devotional service is the supreme process for fixing the mind in the Supreme Truth, Lord Kṛṣṇa. The next point to be clarified is this: Can everyone practice this process, or is it limited to an elite class of transcendentalists? In discussing the relative advantages of different spiritual processes, one must immediately ascertain the goal of spiritual life and then isolate the process that actually awards this goal. Processes must be defined in terms of primary and secondary functions. A method that gives one the highest perfection is primary, whereas processes that merely assist or enhance the primary function are considered secondary. The mind is most flickering and unsteady; therefore by clear intelligence one must fix oneself in a progressive mode of life, and thus one can achieve the Absolute Truth in this lifetime. This is the sober purpose of Lord Kṛṣṇa's conversation with Śrī Uddhava.

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