Personality of Godhead said: It is said that there is an imperishable banyan
tree that has its roots upward and its branches down and whose leaves are
the Vedic hymns. One who knows this tree is the knower of the Vedas.
of this tree extend downward and upward, nourished by the three modes of
material nature. The twigs are the objects of the senses. This tree also
has roots going down, and these are bound to the fruitive actions of human
The real form
of this tree cannot be perceived in this world. No one can understand where
it ends, where it begins, or where its foundation is. But with determination
one must cut down this strongly rooted tree with the weapon of detachment.
Thereafter, one must seek that place from which, having gone, one never
returns, and there surrender to that Supreme Personality of Godhead from
whom everything began and from whom everything has extended since time
are free from false prestige, illusion and false association, who understand
the eternal, who are done with material lust, who are freed from the dualities
of happiness and distress, and who, unbewildered, know how to surrender
unto the Supreme Person attain to that eternal kingdom.
abode of Mine is not illumined by the sun or moon, nor by fire or electricity.
Those who reach it never return to this material world.
entities in this conditioned world are My eternal fragmental parts. Due
to conditioned life, they are struggling very hard with the six senses,
which include the mind.
entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life
from one body to another as the air carries aromas. Thus he takes one kind
of body and again quits it to take another.
entity, thus taking another gross body, obtains a certain type of ear,
eye, tongue, nose and sense of touch, which are grouped about the mind.
He thus enjoys a particular set of sense objects.
cannot understand how a living entity can quit his body, nor can they understand
what sort of body he enjoys under the spell of the modes of nature. But
one whose eyes are trained in knowledge can see all this.
transcendentalists, who are situated in self-realization, can see all this
clearly. But those whose minds are not developed and who are not situated
in self-realization cannot see what is taking place, though they may try
of the sun, which dissipates the darkness of this whole world, comes from
Me. And the splendor of the moon and the splendor of fire are also from
I enter into
each planet, and by My energy they stay in orbit. I become the moon and
thereby supply the juice of life to all vegetables.
I am the fire
of digestion in the bodies of all living entities, and I join with the
air of life, outgoing and incoming, to digest the four kinds of foodstuff.
I am seated
in everyone's heart, and from Me come remembrance, knowledge and forgetfulness.
By all the Vedas, I am to be known. Indeed, I am the compiler of Vedanta,
and I am the knower of the Vedas.
two classes of beings, the fallible and the infallible. In the material
world every living entity is fallible, and in the spiritual world every
living entity is called infallible.
two, there is the greatest living personality, the Supreme Soul, the imperishable
Lord Himself, who has entered the three worlds and is maintaining them.
am transcendental, beyond both the fallible and the infallible, and because
I am the greatest, I am celebrated both in the world and in the Vedas as
that Supreme Person.
Me as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, without doubting, is the knower
of everything. He therefore engages himself in full devotional service
to Me, O son of Bharata.
This is the
most confidential part of the Vedic scriptures, O sinless one, and it is
disclosed now by Me. Whoever understands this will become wise, and his
endeavors will know perfection.
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