Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 16: King Citraketu Meets the Supreme Lord

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.16.61-62

evaḿ viparyayaḿ buddhvā

nṛṇāḿ vijñābhimāninām

ātmanaś ca gatiḿ sūkṣmāḿ


dṛṣṭa-śrutābhir mātrābhir

nirmuktaḥ svena tejasā


mad-bhaktaḥ puruṣo bhavet


evamin this way; viparyayam — reversal; buddhvā — realizing; nṛṇām — of men; vijña-abhimāninām — who think of themselves as full of scientific knowledge; ātmanaḥ — of the self; ca — also; gatim — the progress; sūkṣmām — extremely difficult to understand; sthāna-traya — the three conditions of life (deep sleep, dreaming and wakefulness); vilakṣaṇām — apart from; dṛṣṭa — directly perceived; śrutābhiḥ — or understood by information from authorities; mātrābhiḥ — from objects; nirmuktaḥ — being freed; svena — by one's own; tejasā — strength of consideration; jñāna-vijñāna — with knowledge and practical application of the knowledge; santṛptaḥ — being fully satisfied; mat-bhaktaḥ — My devotee; puruṣaḥa person; bhavet — should become.


One should understand that the activities of persons who are proud of their material experience bring only results contradictory to those such persons conceive while awake, sleeping and deeply sleeping. One should further understand that the spirit soul, although very difficult for the materialist to perceive, is above all these conditions, and by the strength of one's discrimination, one should give up the desire for fruitive results in the present life and in the next. Thus becoming experienced in transcendental knowledge, one should become My devotee.

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