adrstam drstavan nanksed
bhutam svapnavad anyatha
bhutam bhavad bhavisyac ca
adrstam—future happiness; drsta-vat—like direct experience; nankset—becomes vanquished; bhutam—the material existence; svapnavat—like a dream; anyatha—otherwise; bhutam—which happened in the past; bhavat—present; bhavisyat—future; ca—also; suptam—a dream; sarva—of all; rahah-rahah—the secret conclusion.
Everything happening within time, which consists of past, present and future, is merely a dream. That is the secret understanding in all Vedic literature.
Factually all of material existence is only a dream. Thus there is no question of past, present or future. Persons who are addicted to karma-kanda-vicara, which means “working for future happiness through fruitive activities,” are also dreaming. Similarly, past happiness and present happiness are merely dreams. The actual reality is Krsna and service to Krsna, which can save us from the clutches of maya, for the Lord says in Bhagavad-gita (7.14), mam eva ye prapadyante mayam etam taranti te: “Those who surrender unto Me can easily cross beyond My illusory energy.”
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Fourth Canto, Twenty-ninth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Talks Between Narada and King Pracinabarhi.”
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