Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 20: Lord Viṣṇu's Appearance in the Sacrificial Arena of Mahārāja Pṛthu

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.20.10

parityakta-guṇaḥ samyag

darśano viśadāśayaḥ

śāntiḿ me samavasthānaḿ

brahma kaivalyam aśnute


parityakta-guṇaḥ — one who is disassociated from the material modes of nature; samyak — equal; darśanaḥ — whose vision; viśada — uncontaminated; āśayaḥ — whose mind or heart; śāntim — peace; me — My; samavasthānam — equal situation; brahma — spirit; kaivalyam — freedom from material contamination; aśnute — achieves.


When the heart is cleansed of all material contamination, the devotee's mind becomes broader and transparent, and he can see things equally. At that stage of life there is peace, and one is situated equally with Me as sac-cid-ānanda-vigraha [Bs. 5.1].


The Māyāvāda conception of kaivalya and that of the Vaiṣṇava community is different. The Māyāvādī thinks that as soon as one is free from all material contamination, he is merged into the existence of the Supreme. The Vaiṣṇava philosopher's conception of kaivalya is different. He understands both his position and the position of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In the uncontaminated condition, the living entity understands that he is the eternal servitor of the Supreme, and that is called Brahman realization, the spiritual perfection of the living entity. This rapport is very easily achieved. As stated in Bhagavad-gītā, when one is engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, he is immediately situated on the transcendental platform of kaivalya, or Brahman.

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