Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 30: The Activities of the Pracetas

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 4.30.35

yatredyante katha mrishtas

trishnayah prasamo yatah

nirvairam yatra bhuteshu

nodvego yatra kascana

SYNONYMS

yatra -- where; idyante -- are worshiped or discussed; kathah -- words; mrishtah -- pure; trishnayah -- of material hankerings; prasamah -- satisfaction; yatah -- by which; nirvairam -- nonenviousness; yatra -- where; bhuteshu -- among living entities; na -- not; udvegah -- fear; yatra -- where; kascana -- any.

TRANSLATION

Whenever pure topics of the transcendental world are discussed, the members of the audience forget all kinds of material hankerings, at least for the time being. Not only that, but they are no longer envious of one another, nor do they suffer from anxiety or fear.

PURPORT

Vaikuntha means "without anxiety," and the material world means full of anxiety. As stated by Prahlada Maharaja: sada samudvigna-dhiyam asad-grahat. The living entities who have accepted this material world as a residence are full of anxiety. A place immediately becomes Vaikuntha whenever the holy topics of the Personality of Godhead are discussed by pure devotees. This is the process of sravanam kirtanam vishnoh [SB 7.5.23], chanting and hearing about the Supreme Lord Vishnu. As the Supreme Lord Himself confirms:

naham tishthami vaikunthe

yoginam hridayeshu va

tatra tishthami narada

yatra gayanti mad-bhaktah

"My dear Narada, actually I do not reside in My abode, Vaikuntha, nor do I reside within the hearts of the yogis, but I reside in that place where My pure devotees chant My holy name and discuss My form, pastimes and qualities." Because of the presence of the Lord in the form of the transcendental vibration, the Vaikuntha atmosphere is evoked. This atmosphere is without fear and anxiety. One living entity does not fear another. By hearing the holy names and glories of the Lord, a person executes pious activities. Srinvatam sva-kathah krishnah punya-sravana-kirtanah (Bhag. 1.2.17). Thus his material hankerings immediately stop. This sankirtana movement started by the Society for Krishna Consciousness is meant for creating Vaikuntha, the transcendental world that is without anxiety, even in this material world. The method is the propagation of the sravanam kirtanam process throughout the world. In the material world everyone is envious of his fellow man. Animalistic envy exists in human society as long as there is no performance of sankirtana-yajna, the chanting of the holy names -- Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. The Pracetas therefore decided to remain always in the society of devotees, and they considered that to be the highest benediction possible in human life.

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