evam viparyayam buddhva
atmanas ca gatim suksmam
nirmuktah svena tejasa
mad-bhaktah puruso bhavet
evam—in this way; viparyayam—reversal; buddhva—realizing; nrnam—of men; vijna-abhimaninam—who think of themselves as full of scientific knowledge; atmanah—of the self; ca—also; gatim—the progress; suksmam—extremely difficult to understand; sthana-traya—the three conditions of life (deep sleep, dreaming and wakefulness); vilaksanam—apart from; drsta—directly perceived; srutabhih—or understood by information from authorities; matrabhih—from objects; nirmuktah—being freed; svena—by one’s own; tejasa—strength of consideration; jnana-vijnana—with knowledge and practical application of the knowledge; santrptah—being fully satisfied; mat-bhaktah—My devotee; purusah—a person; bhavet—should become.
One should understand that the activities of persons who are proud of their material experience bring only results contradictory to those such persons conceive while awake, sleeping and deeply sleeping. One should further understand that the spirit soul, although very difficult for the materialist to perceive, is above all these conditions, and by the strength of one’s discrimination, one should give up the desire for fruitive results in the present life and in the next. Thus becoming experienced in transcendental knowledge, one should become My devotee.
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