jnanatah su-labha muktir
jnanatah—by cultivation of knowledge; su-labha—easily obtainable; muktih—liberation; bhuktih—sense enjoyment; yajna-adi—performance of sacrifices, etc.; punyatah—and by performing pious activities; sa—that; iyam—this; sadhana-sahasraih—execution of thousands of sacrifices; hari-bhaktih—devotional service; su-durlabha—is very rare.
"By cultivating philosophical knowledge one can understand his spiritual position and thus be liberated, and by performing sacrifices and pious activities one can achieve sense gratification in a higher planetary system, but the devotional service of the Lord is so rare that even by executing hundreds and thousands of such sacrifices one cannot obtain it."
matir na krsne paratah svato va
mitho 'bhipadyeta grha-vratanam
naisam matis tavad urukramanghrim
sprsaty anarthapagamo yad-arthah
niskincananam na vrnita yavat
These slokas are to be discussed. Their purport is that one cannot obtain krsna-bhakti, or the devotional service of the Lord, by official execution of the Vedic rituals. One has to approach a pure devotee. Narottama dasa Thakura sings, chadiya vaisnava-seva nistara payeche keba: "Who has been elevated without rendering service to a pure Vaisnava?" It is the statement of Prahlada Maharaja that unless one is able to accept the dust from the lotus feet of a pure Vaisnava there is no possibility of achieving the platform of devotional service. That is the secret. The above-mentioned tantra-vacana, quoted from the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (1.1.36), is our perfect guidance in this connection.
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