dekhile na dekhe tare bahirmukha jana"
suni' hasi' sarvabhauma balila vacana
dekhile—even after seeing; na—not; dekhe—sees; tare—the Supreme Person; bahih-mukha jana—a person influenced by the external energy; suni'-hearing this; hasi'-smiling; sarvabhauma—Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya; balila—said; vacana—the words.
"A person influenced by the external energy is called bahirmukha jana, a mundane person, because despite his perception, he cannot understand the real substance." Hearing Gopinatha Acarya say this, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya smiled and began to speak as follows.
yesam tv anta-gatam papam
bhajante mam drdha-vratah
"Persons who have acted piously in previous lives and in this life and whose sinful actions are completely eradicated are freed from the dualities of delusion, and they engage themselves in My service with determination."
When one is actually engaged in pure devotional service, it is understood that he has already attained freedom from all reactions to sinful activities. In other words, it is to be understood that devotees are already freed from sin. A sinful person, a miscreant (duskrti, cannot engage in devotional service. Nor can one engage in devotional service simply on the basis of scholarly speculation. One has to wait for the mercy of the Lord in order to render pure devotional service.
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