Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic CreationsChapter 23: The Demigods Regain the Heavenly Planets

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.23.10

nityaḿ draṣṭāsi māḿ tatra

gadā-pāṇim avasthitam




nityam — constantly; draṣṭā — the seer; asi — you shall be; mām — unto Me; tatra — there (in Sutalaloka); gadā-pāṇim — with a club in My hand; avasthitam — situated there; mat-darśana — by seeing Me in that form; mahā-āhlāda — by the great transcendental bliss; dhvasta — having been vanquished; karma-nibandhanaḥ — the bondage of fruitive activities.


The Supreme Personality of Godhead assured Prahlāda Mahārāja: You shall be able to see Me there in My usual feature with conchshell, disc, club and lotus in My hand. Because of your transcendental bliss due to always personally seeing Me, you will have no further bondage to fruitive activities.


Karma-bandha, the bondage of fruitive activities, entails the repetition of birth and death. One performs fruitive activities in such a way that he creates another body for his next life. As long as one is attached to fruitive activities, he must accept another material body. This repeated acceptance of material bodies is called saḿsāra-bandhana. To stop this, a devotee is advised to see the Supreme Lord constantly. The kaniṣṭha-adhikārī, or neophyte devotee, is therefore advised to visit the temple every day and see the form of the Lord regularly. Thus the neophyte devotee can be freed from the bondage of fruitive activities.

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