Canto 9: LiberationChapter 19: King Yayati Achieves Liberation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 9.19.19

tasmad etam aham tyaktva

brahmany adhyaya manasam

nirdvandvo nirahankaras

carishyami mrigaih saha


tasmat -- therefore; etam -- such strong desires for lusty affairs; aham -- I; tyaktva -- giving up; brahmani -- upon the Supreme Absolute Truth; adhyaya -- fixing; manasam -- the mind; nirdvandvah -- without duality; nirahankarah -- without an identity of false prestige; carishyami -- I shall loiter or wander in the forest; mrigaih saha -- with the forest animals.


Therefore, I shall now give up all these desires and meditate upon the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Free from the dualities of mental concoction and free from false prestige, I shall wander in the forest with the animals.


To go to the forest and live there with the animals, meditating upon the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the only means by which to give up lusty desires. Unless one gives up such desires, one's mind cannot be freed from material contamination. Therefore, if one is at all interested in being freed from the bondage of repeated birth, death, old age and disease, after a certain age one must go to the forest. pancasordhvam vanam vrajet. After fifty years of age, one should voluntarily give up family life and go to the forest. The best forest is Vrindavana, where one need not live with the animals but can associate with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who never leaves Vrindavana. Cultivating Krishna consciousness in Vrindavana is the best means of being liberated from material bondage, for in Vrindavana one can automatically meditate upon Krishna. Vrindavana has many temples, and in one or more of these temples one may see the form of the Supreme Lord as Radha-Krishna or Krishna-Balarama and meditate upon this form. As expressed here by the words brahmany adhyaya, one should concentrate one's mind upon the Supreme Lord, Parabrahman. This Parabrahman is Krishna, as confirmed by Arjuna in Bhagavad-gita (param brahma param dhama pavitram paramam bhavan [Bg. 10.12]). Krishna and His abode, Vrindavana, are not different. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, aradhyo bhagavan vrajesa-tanayas tad-dhama vrindavanam. Vrindavana is as good as Krishna. Therefore, if one somehow or other gets the opportunity to live in Vrindavana, and if one is not a pretender but simply lives in Vrindavana and concentrates his mind upon Krishna, one is liberated from material bondage. One's mind is not purified, however, even in Vrindavana, if one is agitated by lusty desires. One should not live in Vrindavana and commit offenses, for a life of offenses in Vrindavana is no better than the lives of the monkeys and hogs there. Many monkeys and hogs live in Vrindavana, and they are concerned with their sexual desires. Men who have gone to Vrindavana but who still hanker for sex should immediately leave Vrindavana and stop their grievous offenses at the lotus feet of the Lord. There are many misguided men who live in Vrindavana to satisfy their sexual desires, but they are certainly no better than the monkeys and hogs. Those who are under the control of maya, and specifically under the control of lusty desires, are called maya-mriga. Indeed, everyone in the conditional stage of material life is a maya-mriga. It is said, maya-mrigam dayitayepsitam anvadhavad: [SB 11.5.34] Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu took sannyasa to show His causeless mercy to the maya-mrigas, the people of this material world, who suffer because of lusty desires. One should follow the principles of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and always think of Krishna in full Krishna consciousness. Then one will be eligible to live in Vrindavana, and his life will be successful.

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