rsih karunikas tasyah
pradad ubhayam isvarah
dharmasya tattvam jnanam ca
mam apy uddisya nirmalam
rsih—the great sage Narada Muni; karunikah—naturally very affectionate or merciful to the fallen souls; tasyah—to her; pradat—gave instructions; ubhayam—both; isvarah—a powerful controller who can do whatever he likes (Narada Muni); dharmasya—of religion; tattvam—the truth; jnanam—knowledge; ca—and; mam—me; api—especially; uddisya—indicating; nirmalam—without material contamination.
Narada Muni delivered his instructions both to me, who was within the womb, and to my mother, who was engaged in rendering him service. Because he is naturally extremely kind to the fallen souls, being in a transcendental position, he gave instructions on religion and transcendental knowledge. These instructions were free from all material contamination.
Here it is said, dharmasya tattvam jnanam ca. .. nirmalam. The word nirmalam refers to spotless dharma, spotless religion—or, in other words, bhagavata-dharma. Ordinary ritualistic activities constitute contaminated religion, by which one benefits by developing material wealth and prosperity, but uncontaminated, pure religion consists of understanding one’s relationship with God and acting accordingly, thus fulfilling the highest mission of life and returning home, back to Godhead. Prahlada Maharaja advised that one elevate oneself to the standard of bhagavata-dharma from the very beginning of life (kaumara acaret prajno dharman bhagavatan iha [SB 7.6.1]). The Lord Himself also speaks of pure, uncontaminated religion when He says, sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja: “Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me.” (Bg. 18.66) One must understand one’s relationship with God and then act accordingly. This is bhagavata-dharma. Bhagavata-dharma means bhakti-yoga.
“By rendering devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, one immediately acquires causeless knowledge and detachment from the world.” (Bhag. 1.2.7) To be situated on the platform of pure religion, one should perform bhakti-yoga in relationship with Krsna, Vasudeva.
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