TEXT 178
bhagavan--'sambandha', bhakti--'abhidheya' haya
prema--'prayojana', vede tina-vastu kaya
SYNONYMS
bhagavan—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sambandha—relationship; bhakti—devotional service; abhidheya—transcendental activities; haya—is; prema—love of Godhead; prayojana—the ultimate goal of life; vede—the Vedas; tina-vastu—three subject matters; kaya—describe.
TRANSLATION
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu continued, "The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the central point of all relationships, acting in devotional service to Him is one's real occupation, and the attainment of love of Godhead is the ultimate goal of life. These three subject matters are described in the Vedic literature.
PURPORT
The Bhagavad-gita (15.15) also confirms this statement: vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah. The actual purpose in reading the Vedas is to learn how to become a devotee of the Supreme Lord. The Lord Himself advises, man-mana bhava mad-bhakto mad-yaji mam namaskuru (Bg. 9.34). Therefore, after studying the Vedas, one must then execute devotional service by thinking always of the Supreme Lord (man-mana), becoming His devotee, worshiping Him and always offering Him obeisances. This is called visnu-aradhana, and it is the supreme occupational duty of all human beings. It is properly discharged in the varnasrama-dharma system, which divides society into brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha, sannyasa, and brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya and sudra. This is the whole scheme of Vedic civilization. However, this institution is very difficult to establish in this age; therefore Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu advises that we not worry about the Vedic system of varnasrama-dharma. Rather, we should take directly to the chanting of the Hare Krsna mantra and simply hear about the Supreme Personality of Godhead from pure devotees. This is the process recommended by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and this is the purpose for studying the Vedas.

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