aho aty-adbhutam hy etad
vasudeve pare tattve
praptis caidyasya vidvisah
sri-yudhisthirah uvaca—Maharaja Yudhisthira said; aho—oh; ati-adbhutam—very wonderful; hi—certainly; etat—this; durlabha—difficult to attain; ekantinam—for the transcendentalists; api—even; vasudeve—in Vasudeva; pare—the supreme; tattve—Absolute Truth; praptih—the attainment; caidyasya—of Sisupala; vidvisah—envious.
Maharaja Yudhisthira inquired: It is very wonderful that the demon Sisupala merged into the body of the Supreme Personality of Godhead even though extremely envious. This sayujya-mukti is impossible to attain even for great transcendentalists. How then did the enemy of the Lord attain it?
There are two classes of transcendentalists—the jnanis and the bhaktas. The bhaktas do not aspire to merge into the existence of the Lord, but the jnanis do. Sisupala, however, was neither a jnani nor a bhakta, yet simply by envy of the Lord he attained an exalted position by merging into the Lord’s body. Certainly this was astonishing, and therefore Maharaja Yudhisthira inquired about the cause for the Lord’s mysterious mercy to Sisupala.
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