Canto 2: The Cosmic ManifestationChapter 9: Answers by Citing the Lord's Version

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 2.9.21

varaḿ varaya bhadraḿ te

vareśaḿ mābhivāñchitam

brahmañ chreyaḥ-pariśrāmaḥ

puḿsāḿ mad-darśanāvadhiḥ


varam — benediction; varaya — just ask from; bhadram — auspicious; te — unto you; vara-īśam — the giver of all benediction; (mām) — from Me; abhivāñchitam — wishing; brahmanO Brahmā; śreyaḥ — the ultimate success; pariśrāmaḥ — for all penances; puḿsām — for everyone; mat — My; darśana — realization; avadhiḥ — up to the limit of.


I wish you good luck. O Brahmā, you may ask from Me, the giver of all benediction, all that you may desire. You may know that the ultimate benediction, as the result of all penances, is to see Me by realization.


The ultimate realization of the Supreme Truth is knowing and seeing face to face the Personality of Godhead. Realization of the impersonal Brahman and localized Paramātmā features of the Personality of Godhead is not ultimate realization, When one realizes the Supreme Lord, one does not struggle hard to perform such penances. The next stage of life is to discharge devotional service to the Lord just to satisfy Him. In other words, one who has realized and seen the Supreme Lord has attained all perfection because everything is included in that highest perfectional stage. The impersonalists and the pseudo mystics, however, cannot reach this state.

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