|Canto 7: The Science of God||Chapter 15: Instructions for Civilized Human Beings|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.15.77
na yasya sākṣād bhava-padmajādibhī
rūpaḿ dhiyā vastutayopavarṇitam
maunena bhaktyopaśamena pūjitaḥ
prasīdatām eṣa sa sātvatāḿ patiḥ
na — not; yasya — of whom (Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa); sākṣāt — directly; bhava — by Lord Śiva; padma-ja-ādibhiḥ — Lord Brahmā and others; rūpam — the form; dhiyā — by meditation; vastutayā — factually; upavarṇitam — could be explained; maunena — by silence; bhaktyā — by devotional service; upaśamena — by finishing all material activities; pūjitaḥ — one who is so worshiped; prasīdatām — may be pleased with us; eṣaḥ — this; saḥ — the same Personality of Godhead; sātvatām — of the devotees; patiḥ — who is the maintainer, master and guide.
Present here now is the same Supreme Personality of Godhead whose true form cannot be understood even by such great personalities as Lord Brahmā and Lord Śiva. He is realized by devotees because of their unflinching surrender. May that same Personality of Godhead, who is the maintainer of His devotees and who is worshiped by silence, by devotional service and by cessation of material activities, be pleased with us.
Lord Kṛṣṇa is not properly understood even by such exalted personalities as Lord Śiva and Lord Brahmā, what to speak of ordinary men, but by His causeless mercy He bestows the benediction of devotion upon His devotees, who can thus understand Kṛṣṇa as He is. Bhaktyā mām abhijānāti yāvān yaś cāsmi tattvataḥ [Bg. 18.55]. No one within this universe can understand Kṛṣṇa in truth, but if one engages in devotional service one can understand Him perfectly well. This is also confirmed by the Lord in the Seventh Chapter of Bhagavad-gītā (7.1):
mayy āsakta-manāḥ pārtha
yogaḿ yuñjan mad-āśrayaḥ
asaḿśayaḿ samagraḿ māḿ
yathā jñāsyasi tac chṛṇu
"Now, hear, O son of Pṛthā [Arjuna], how by practicing yoga in full consciousness of Me, with mind attached to Me, you can know Me in full, free from doubt." Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself teaches how one can understand Him perfectly well, without a doubt. Not only the Pāṇḍavas but everyone who sincerely accepts the instructions of Kṛṣṇa can understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead as He is. After instructing Yudhiṣṭhira Mahārāja, Nārada Muni prays for the Lord's blessings that He be pleased with everyone and that everyone become perfect in God consciousness and return home, back to Godhead.
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