Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 4: Vidura Approaches Maitreya

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.4.12

sa eṣa sādho caramo bhavānām

āsāditas te mad-anugraho yat

yan māḿ nṛlokān raha utsṛjantaḿ

diṣṭyā dadṛśvān viśadānuvṛttyā


saḥ — that; eṣaḥ — of those; sādhoO honest one; caramaḥ — the ultimate; bhavānām — of all your incarnations (as Vasu); āsāditaḥ — now achieved; te — unto you; mat — My; anugrahaḥ — mercy; yatas it is; yat — because; māmMe; nṛ-lokān — the planets of the conditioned souls; rahaḥin seclusion; utsṛjantam — while quitting; diṣṭyā — by seeing; dadṛśvān — what you have seen; viśada-anuvṛttyā — by unflinching devotion.


O honest one, your present life is the last and the supermost because in this term of life you have been awarded My ultimate favor. Now you can go to My transcendental abode, Vaikuṇṭha, by leaving this universe of conditioned living entities. Your visit to Me in this lonely place because of your pure and unflinching devotional service is a great boon for you.


When a person is fully conversant with knowledge of the Lord as far as can be known by a perfect living entity in the liberated state, he is allowed to enter into the spiritual sky, where the Vaikuṇṭha planets exist. The Lord was sitting in a lonely place just about to disappear from the vision of the inhabitants of this universe, and Uddhava was fortunate to see Him even at that time and thus receive the Lord's permission to enter Vaikuṇṭha. The Lord is everywhere at all times, and His appearance and disappearance are merely the experience of the inhabitants of a particular universe. He is just like the sun. The sun does not appear or disappear in the sky; it is only in the experience of men that in the morning the sun rises and in the evening the sun sets. The Lord is simultaneously both in Vaikuṇṭha and everywhere within and without Vaikuṇṭha.

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