Canto 2: The Cosmic ManifestationChapter 1: The First Step in God Realization

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 2.1.21

yasyāḿ sandhāryamāṇāyāḿ

yogino bhakti-lakṣaṇaḥ

āśu sampadyate yoga

āśrayaḿ bhadram īkṣataḥ


yasyām — by such systematic remembrance; sandhāryamāṇāyām — and thus being fixed in the habit of; yoginaḥ — the mystics; bhakti-lakṣaṇaḥ — being practiced to the devotional system; āśu — very soon; sampadyate — attains success; yogaḥ — connection by devotional service; āśrayam — under the shelter of; bhadram — the all-good; īkṣataḥ — which seeing that.


O King, by this system of remembrance and by being fixed in the habit of seeing the all-good personal conception of the Lord, one can very soon attain devotional service to the Lord, under His direct shelter.


Success of mystic performances is achieved only by the help of the devotional attitude. Pantheism, or the system of feeling the presence of the Almighty everywhere, is a sort of training of the mind to become accustomed to the devotional conception, and it is this devotional attitude of the mystic that makes possible the successful termination of such mystic attempts. One is not, however, elevated to such a successful status without the tinge of mixture in devotional service. The devotional atmosphere created by pantheistic vision develops into devotional service in later days, and that is the only benefit for the impersonalist. It is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gītā (12.5) that the impersonal way of self-realization is more troublesome because it reaches the goal in an indirect way, although the impersonalist also becomes obsessed with the personal feature of the Lord after a long time.

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