TEXT 4
tasya putro maha-yogi
sama-drn nirvikalpakah
ekanta-matir unnidro
gudho mudha iveyate
SYNONYMS
tasya—his; putrah—son; maha-yogi—a great devotee; sama-drk—equibalanced; nirvikalpakah—absolute monist; ekanta-matih—fixed in monism or oneness of mind; unnidrah—surpassed nescience; gudhah—not exposed; mudhah—stunted; iva—like; iyate—appears like.
TRANSLATION
His [Vyasadeva's] son was a great devotee, an equibalanced monist, whose mind was always concentrated in monism. He was transcendental to mundane activities, but being unexposed, he appeared like an ignorant person.
PURPORT
Srila Sukadeva Gosvami was a liberated soul, and thus he remained always alert not to be trapped by the illusory energy. In the Bhagavad-gita this alertness is very lucidly explained. The liberated soul and the conditioned soul have different engagements. The liberated soul is always engaged in the progressive path of spiritual attainment, which is something like a dream for the conditioned soul. The conditioned soul cannot imagine the actual engagements of the liberated soul. While the conditioned soul thus dreams about spiritual engagements, the liberated soul is awake. Similarly, the engagement of a conditioned soul appears to be a dream for the liberated soul. A conditioned soul and a liberated soul may apparently be on the same platform, but factually they are differently engaged, and their attention is always alert, either in sense enjoyment or in self-realization. The conditioned soul is absorbed in matter, whereas the liberated soul is completely indifferent to matter. This indifference is explained as follows.

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