TEXT 8
ya esa evam anusruto dhyayamano mumuksunam anadi-kala-karma-vasana-grathitam avidyamayam hrdaya-granthim sattva-rajas-tamomayam antar-hrdayam gata asu nirbhinatti tasyanubhavan bhagavan svayambhuvo naradah saha tumburuna sabhayam brahmanah samslokayam asa.
SYNONYMS
yah—who; esah—this one; evam—thus; anusrutah—being heard from a bona fide spiritual master; dhyayamanah—being meditated upon; mumuksunam—of persons desiring liberation from conditioned life; anadi—from immemorial; kala—time; karma-vasana—by the desire for fruitive activities; grathitam—tied tightly; avidya-mayam—consisting of the illusory energy; hrdaya-granthim—the knot within the heart; sattva-rajah-tamah-mayam—made of the three modes of material nature; antah-hrdayam—in the core of the heart; gatah—situated; asu—very soon; nirbhinatti—cuts; tasya—of Sankarsana; anubhavan—the glories; bhagavan—the greatly powerful; svayambhuvah—the son of Lord Brahma; naradah—the sage Narada; saha—along with; tumburuna—the stringed instrument called a Tumburu; sabhayam—in the assembly; brahmanah—of Lord Brahma; samslokayam asa—described in verses.
TRANSLATION
If persons who are very serious about being liberated from material life hear the glories of Anantadeva from the mouth of a spiritual master in the chain of disciplic succession, and if they always meditate upon Sankarsana, the Lord enters the cores of their hearts, vanquishes all the dirty contamination of the material modes of nature, and cuts to pieces the hard knot within the heart, which has been tied tightly since time immemorial by the desire to dominate material nature through fruitive activities. Narada Muni, the son of Lord Brahma, always glorifies Anantadeva in his fatherís assembly. There he sings blissful verses of his own composition, accompanied by his stringed instrument [or a celestial singer] known as Tumburu.
PURPORT
None of these descriptions of Lord Anantadeva are imaginary. They are all transcendentally blissful and full of actual knowledge. However, unless one hears them directly from a bona fide spiritual master in the line of disciplic succession, one cannot understand them. This knowledge is delivered to Narada by Lord Brahma, and the great saint Narada, along with his companion, Tumburu, distributes it all over the universe. Sometimes the Supreme Personality of Godhead is described as Uttamasloka, one who is praised by beautiful poetry. Narada composes various poems to glorify Lord Ananta, and therefore the word samslokayam asa (praised by selected poetry) is used in this verse.
The Vaisnavas in the Gaudiya-sampradaya belong to the disciplic succession stemming from Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma is the spiritual master of Narada, Narada is the spiritual master of Vyasadeva, and Vyasadeva wrote the Srimad-Bhagavatam as a commentary on the Vedanta-sutra. Therefore all devotees in the Gaudiya-sampradaya accept the activities of Lord Ananta related in the Srimad-Bhagavatam as authentic, and they are thus benefited by going back home, back to Godhead. The contamination in the heart of a conditioned soul is like a huge accumulation of garbage created by the three modes of material nature, especially the modes of rajas (passion) and tamas (ignorance). This contamination becomes manifest in the form of lusty desires and greed for material possessions. As confirmed herein, unless one receives transcendental knowledge in disciplic succession, there is no question of his becoming purified of this contamination.

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