TEXT 56
ya ete pitṛ-devānām
ayane veda-nirmite
śāstreṇa cakṣuṣā veda
jana-stho ’pi na muhyati
SYNONYMS
yaḥ—one who; ete—on this path (as recommended above); pitṛ-devānām—known as pitṛ-yāna and deva-yāna; ayane—on this path; veda-nirmite—recommended in the Vedas; śāstreṇa—by regular study of the scriptures; cakṣuṣā—by enlightened eyes; veda—is fully aware; jana-sthaḥ—a person situated in a material body; api—even though; na—never; muhyati—is bewildered.
TRANSLATION
Even though situated in a material body, one who is fully aware of the paths known as pitṛ-yāna and deva-yāna, and who thus opens his eyes in terms of Vedic knowledge, is never bewildered in this material world.
PURPORT
Ācāryavān puruṣo veda: one who is guided by the bona fide spiritual master knows everything as stated in the Vedas, which set forth the standard of infallible knowledge. As recommended in Bhagavad-gītā, ācāryopāsanam: one must approach the ācārya for real knowledge. Tad-vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet: [MU
tad-vijñānārthaṁ sa gurum evābhigacchet
samit-pāṇiḥ śrotriyaṁ brahma-niṣṭham
“To understand these things properly, one must humbly approach, with firewood in hand, a spiritual master who is learned in the Vedas and firmly devoted to the Absolute Truth.”
[Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad 1.2.12]
1.2.12] one must approach the ācārya, for then one will receive perfect knowledge. When guided by the spiritual master, one attains the ultimate goal of life.

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