Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 1: The Supreme Lord Is Equal to Everyone

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.1.37

panca-shaddhayanarbhabhah

purvesham api purvajah

dig-vasasah sisun matva

dvah-sthau tan pratyashedhatam

SYNONYMS

panca-shat-dha -- five or six years; ayana -- approaching; arbha-abhah -- like boys; purvesham -- the ancients of the universe (Marici and the rest); api -- even though; purva-jah -- born before; dik-vasasah -- being naked; sisun -- children; matva -- thinking; dvah-sthau -- the two gate guards, Jaya and Vijaya; tan -- them; pratyashedhatam -- forbade.

TRANSLATION

Although these four great sages were older than Brahma's other sons like Marici, they appeared like small naked children only five or six years old. When Jaya and Vijaya saw them trying to enter Vaikunthaloka, these two gatekeepers, thinking them ordinary children, forbade them to enter.

PURPORT

In this regard, Srila Madhvacarya says in his Tantra-sara:

dvah-sthav ity anenadhikara-sthatvam uktam

adhikara-sthitas caiva

vimuktas ca dvidha janah

vishnu-loka-sthitas tesham

vara-sapadi-yoginah

adhikara-sthitam muktim

niyatam prapnuvanti ca

vimukty-anantaram tesham

vara-sapadayo nanu

dehendriyasu-yuktas ca

purvam pascan na tair yutah

apy abhimanibhis tesham

devaih svatmottamair yutah

The purport is that the personal associates of Lord Vishnu in Vaikunthaloka are always liberated souls. Even if sometimes cursed or blessed, they are always liberated and never contaminated by the material modes of nature. Before their liberation to Vaikunthaloka they possessed material bodies, but once they come to Vaikuntha they no longer have them. Therefore even if the associates of Lord Vishnu sometimes descend as if cursed, they are always liberated.

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