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SB 11.28.25

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


samāhitaiḥ kaḥ karaṇair guṇātmabhir
guṇo bhaven mat-suvivikta-dhāmnaḥ
vikṣipyamāṇair uta kiṁ nu dūṣaṇaṁ
ghanair upetair vigatai raveḥ kim


samāhitaiḥ—which are perfectly concentrated in meditation; kaḥ—what; karaṇaiḥ—by senses; guṇa-ātmabhiḥ—which are basically manifestations of the modes of nature; guṇaḥ—virtue; bhavet—will be; mat—My; su-vivikta—who has properly ascertained; dhāmnaḥ—the personal identity; vikṣipyamāṇaiḥ—which are being agitated; uta—on the other hand; kim—what; nu—indeed; dūṣaṇam—blame; ghanaiḥ—by clouds; upetaiḥ—which have come; vigataiḥ—or which have gone away; raveḥ—of the sun; kim—what.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


For one who has properly realized My personal identity as the Supreme Godhead, what credit is there if his senses—mere products of the material modes—are perfectly concentrated in meditation? And on the other hand, what blame is incurred if his senses happen to become agitated? Indeed, what does it mean to the sun if the clouds come and go?


A pure devotee of the Lord is considered eternally liberated, because he has perfectly understood the Lord's transcendental personality and abode and is always engaged in serving the Lord's mission within this world. Although superficially such a devotee may appear agitated by events in the material world while engaged in the Lord's mission, this does not change his exalted status as the Lord's eternal servitor, just as the exalted status of the sun is not changed even when the sun is apparently covered by clouds.

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