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Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.23.12
chinnānya-dhīr adhigatātma-gatir nirīhas
tat tatyaje 'cchinad idaḿ vayunena yena
tāvan na yoga-gatibhir yatir apramatto
yāvad gadāgraja-kathāsu ratiḿ na kuryāt
chinna — being separated; anya-dhīḥ — all other concepts of life (the bodily concept of life); adhigata — being firmly convinced; ātma-gatiḥ — the ultimate goal of spiritual life; nirīhaḥ — desireless; tat — that; tatyaje — gave up; acchinat — he had cut; idam — this; vayunena — with the knowledge; yena — by which; tāvat — so long; na — never; yoga-gatibhiḥ — the practice of the mystic yoga system; yatiḥ — the practicer; apramattaḥ — without any illusion; yāvat — so long; gadāgraja — of Kṛṣṇa; kathāsu — words; ratim — attraction; na — never; kuryāt — do it.
When he became completely free from the conception of bodily life, Mahārāja Pṛthu realized Lord Kṛṣṇa sitting in everyone's heart as the Paramātmā. Being thus able to get all instructions from Him, he gave up all other practices of yoga and jñāna. He was not even interested in the perfection of the yoga and jñāna systems, for he thoroughly realized that devotional service to Kṛṣṇa is the ultimate goal of life and that unless the yogīs and jñānīs become attracted to kṛṣṇa-kathā [narrations about Kṛṣṇa], their illusions concerning existence can never be dispelled.
As long as one is too much absorbed in the bodily conception of life, he becomes interested in many different processes of self-realization, such as the mystic yoga system or the system utilizing the speculative empiric methods. However, when one understands that the ultimate goal of life is to approach Kṛṣṇa, he realizes Kṛṣṇa within everyone's heart and therefore helps everyone who is interested in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Actually the perfection of life depends on one's inclination to hear about Kṛṣṇa. It is therefore mentioned in this verse: yāvad gadāgraja-kathāsu ratiḿ na kuryāt. Unless one becomes interested in Kṛṣṇa, in His pastimes and activities, there is no question of liberation by means of yoga practice or speculative knowledge.
Having attained to the stage of devotion, Mahārāja Pṛthu became uninterested in the practices of jñāna and yoga and abandoned them. This is the stage of pure devotional life as described by Rūpa Gosvāmī:
śīlanaḿ bhaktir uttamā
Real jñāna means understanding that the living entity is the eternal servant of the Lord. This knowledge is attained after many, many births, as confirmed in Bhagavad-gītā (7.19): bahūnāḿ janmanām ante jñānavān māḿ prapadyate. In the paramahaḿsa stage of life, one fully realizes Kṛṣṇa as everything: vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti sa mahātmā sudurlabhaḥ. When one understands fully that Kṛṣṇa is everything and that Kṛṣṇa consciousness is the highest perfection of life, he becomes a paramahaḿsa, or mahātmā. Such a mahātmā or paramahaḿsa is very rare to find. A paramahaḿsa, or pure devotee, is never attracted by haṭha-yoga or speculative knowledge. He is simply interested in the unalloyed devotional service of the Lord. Sometimes one who was formerly addicted to these processes tries to perform devotional service and the jñāna and yoga practices at the same time, but as soon as one comes to the unalloyed stage of devotional service, he is able to give up all other methods of self-realization. In other words, when one firmly realizes Kṛṣṇa as the supreme goal, he is no longer attracted by mystic yoga practice or the speculative empirical methods of knowledge.
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