Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 103

Shrimad Bhagavad Gita As It Is -Shri Shrimad A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Contents of the Gita Summarized
Chapter 2: Verse-52

yadä te moha-kalilam
buddhir vyatitarisyati
tadä gantäsi nirvedam
srotavyasya srutasya ca[1]


When your intelligence has passed out of the dense forest of delusion, you shall become indifferent to all that has been heard and all that is to be heard.


There are many good examples in the lives of the great devotees of the Lord of those who became indifferent to the rituals of the Vedas simply by devotional service to the Lord. When a person factually understands krsna and his relationship with Krsna, he naturally becomes completely indifferent to the rituals of fruitive activities, even though an experienced brähmana. Sri Mädhavendra Puri, a great devotee and äcärya in the line of the devotees, says:

sandhyä-vandana bhadram astu
bhavato bhoh snäna tubhyam
namo bho deväh pitaraç ca
tarpaëa-vidhau näham ksamah
ksamyatäm yatra kväpi nisadya
yädava-kulottamasya kamsa-dvisah
smäram smäram agham harämi tad
alam manye kim anyena me

“O my prayers three times a day, all glory to you. O bathing, I offer my obeisances unto you. O demigods! O forefathers! Please excuse me for my inability to offer you my respects. Now wherever I sit, I can remember the great descendant of the Yadu dynasty [Krsna], the enemy of Kamsa, and thereby I can free myself from all sinful bondage. I think this is sufficient for me.”

The Vedic rites and rituals are imperative for neophytes: comprehending all kinds of prayer three times a day, taking a bath early in the morning, offering respects to the forefathers, etc. But when one is fully in krsna consciousness and is engaged in His transcendental loving service, one becomes indifferent to all these regulative principles because he has already attained perfection. If one can reach the platform of understanding by service to the Supreme Lord Krsna, he has no longer to execute different types of penances and sacrifices as recommended in revealed scriptures. And, similarly, if one has not understood that the purpose of the Vedas is to reach krsna and simply engages in the rituals, etc., then he is uselessly wasting time in such engagements. Persons in Krsna consciousness transcend the limit of sabda-brahma, or the range of the Vedas and Upanisads.



  1. yadä=when; te=your; moha=of illusion; kalilam=dense forest; buddhih=transcendental service with intelligence; vyatitarisyati=surpasses; tadä=at that time; gantä asi=you shall go; nirvedam=callousness;
    srotavyasya=toward all that is to be heard; srutasya=all that is already heard; ca=also.

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