|Canto 11: General History||Chapter 22: Enumeration of the Elements of Material Creation|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 11.22.34
hy astiti nastiti bhidartha-nishthah
vyartho 'pi naivoparameta pumsam
mattah paravritta-dhiyam sva-lokat
atma -- of the Supreme Soul; aparijnana-mayah -- based on lack of full knowledge; vivadah -- speculative argument; hi -- indeed; asti -- (this world) is real; iti -- thus saying; na asti -- it is not real; iti -- thus saying; bhida -- material differences; artha-nishthah -- having as its focus of discussion; vyarthah -- worthless; api -- although; na -- does not; eva -- certainly; uparameta -- cease; pumsam -- for persons; mattah -- from Me; paravritta -- who have turned; dhiyam -- their attention; sva-lokat -- who am nondifferent from them.
The speculative argument of philosophers -- "This world is real," "No, it is not real" -- is based upon incomplete knowledge of the Supreme Soul and is simply aimed at understanding material dualities. Although such argument is useless, persons who have turned their attention away from Me, their own true Self, are unable to give it up.
If one doubts the existence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, one will inevitably doubt the reality of the Lord's creation. Thus, without understanding Lord Krishna, mere argument and debate over the reality and nonreality of the material world are useless. The material world is real specifically because it emanates from the supreme reality, Lord Krishna. Without understanding the reality of Lord Krishna one can never definitely ascertain the reality of His creation; one will always wonder if he is actually seeing something or merely thinking that he is seeing it. This kind of speculation can never be resolved without taking shelter of the Supreme Lord and is therefore useless. The devotees of the Lord are not inclined to such argument, because they are factually advancing in spiritual enlightenment and are fully satisfied with their progressively more beautiful experience of Krishna consciousness.
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