Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 24: The Renunciation of Kardama Muni

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.24.18

eṣa mānavi te garbhaḿ

praviṣṭaḥ kaiṭabhārdanaḥ


chittvā gāḿ vicariṣyati


eṣaḥ — the same Supreme Personality of Godhead; mānaviO daughter of Manu; te — your; garbham — womb; praviṣṭaḥ — has entered; kaiṭabha-ardanaḥ — the killer of the demon Kaiṭabha; avidyā — of ignorance; saḿśaya — and of doubt; granthim — the knot; chittvā — cutting off; gām — the world; vicariṣyatiHe will travel over.


Lord Brahmā then told Devahūti: My dear daughter of Manu, the same Supreme Personality of Godhead who killed the demon Kaiṭabha is now within your womb. He will cut off all the knots of your ignorance and doubt. Then He will travel all over the world.


Here the word avidyā is very significant. Avidyā means forgetfulness of one's identity. Every one of us is a spirit soul, but we have forgotten. We think, "I am this body." This is called avidyā. Saḿśaya-granthi means "doubtfulness." The knot of doubtfulness is tied when the soul identifies with the material world. That knot is also called ahańkāra, the junction of matter and spirit. By proper knowledge received from the scriptures in disciplic succession and by proper application of that knowledge, one can free himself from this binding combination of matter and spirit. Brahmā assures Devahūti that her son will enlighten her, and after enlightening her He will travel all over the world, distributing the system of Sāńkhya philosophy.

The word saḿśaya means "doubtful knowledge." Speculative and pseudo yogic knowledge is all doubtful. At the present moment the so-called yoga system is prosecuted on the understanding that by agitation of the different stations of the bodily construction one can find that he is God. The mental speculators think similarly, but they are all doubtful. Real knowledge is expounded in Bhagavad-gītā: "Just become Kṛṣṇa conscious. Just worship Kṛṣṇa and become a devotee of Kṛṣṇa." That is real knowledge, and anyone who follows that system becomes perfect without a doubt.

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