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Water contained in a calf's hoofprint (Chapter 2 Text 51)

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  • prateek sanwal
    Hare Krishna Friends, Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized                                                     
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 2, 2012
      Hare Krishna Friends,
      Chapter 2: Contents of the Gita Summarized


                                                                        TEXT 51


                                                      karma-jam buddhi-yukta hi
                                                      phalam tyaktva manisinah
                                                   padam gacchanty anamayam


      karma-jam--because of fruitive activities; buddhi-yuktah--being done in devotional service; hi--certainly; phalam--results; tyaktva--giving up;
      manisinah--devotees who are great sages; janma-bandha--the bondage of birth and death; vinirmuktah--liberated soul; padam--position;
      gacchanti--reached; anamayam--without miseries.


      The wise, engaged in devotional service, take refuge in the Lord, and free themselves from the cycle of birth and death by renouncing the fruits of action in the material world. In this way they can attain that state beyond all miseries.


      The liberated living entities seek that place where there are no material miseries. The Bhagavatam (10.14.58) says:

                                                  samasrita ye pada-pallava-plavam
                                                 mahat-padam punya-yaso murareh
                                          bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam
                                                 padam padam yad vipadam na tesam

      "For one who has accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Mukunda or
      the giver of mukti, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf's hoofprint. param padam, or the place where there
      are no material miseries, or Vaikuntha, is his goal, not the place where there is danger in every step of life."

      Owing to ignorance, one does not know that this material world is a miserable place where there are dangers at every step. Out of ignorance
      only, less intelligent persons try to adjust to the situation by fruitive activities, thinking that the resultant actions will make them happy. They do not know that no kind of material body anywhere within the universe can give life without miseries.

                                                                                             to be continued....................
      Source: Bhagavad Gita As It Is by HDG. A.C. BhaktiVedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
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