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Pure Devotional Service

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”I know the Supreme Lord, He has a personal feature, which is untouched by the darkness of ignorance and is self illumined like the brightness of the sun. After knowing that great personality one surely crosses the cycle of birth and death and besides this there is no other process to liberation.”

vedaham etam purusam mahantam
aditya-vanrnam tamasah parastat
tam eva viditvati mrtyum eti
nanyah pantha vidyate ‘yanaya


PURPORT BY SRI KRSNA BALARAM SWAMIJI

The Supreme Lord is a person and His beauty is incomparable. God is not impersonal as some say He is the best of all beings. As it is stated in the Visnu Smruti, puranat sadanac ciava tato’sau purusottama. “He is full and complete in every way and never diminishes in any way. He does not perish and always remains indestructible for ever that is why He is called best of all beings.” God is said to be unborn because He does not take an ordinary birth. He is exceptionally bright. The sun and moon are His eyes as stated in the Bhagavad Gita (11.19). It means the brightness of the sun and the moon comes from Him. The Lord is self illuminated and can only be seen by those who execute pure devotional practice. Those who know Him they become free from the miseries of life as it is stated in the Mundaka Upanisad, nanu tarati sokam atmavid, “Those who come to know the Lord properly they become free from lamentation and go beyond the cycle of birth and death.” The condition to know the Lord is that one has to execute pure devotional service faithfully. As He Himself states in the Srimad Bhagavatam, bhaktyaham ekaya,grahyah sraddhayatma priyah satam. “Only through execution of unalloyed devotion can one obtain Me and I love My devotees because they remain very faithful and devoted to Me.” Such devotees see Krsna and deal with Him face to face. When someone deals with the Lord face to face they know what He looks like and this text is the proof of it.

[Svetasvatara Upanisad, 3.8, KBS0023]

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