Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 301

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

Chapter 6: Verse-44

pürväbhyäsena tenaiva hriyate hy avaso ’pi sah
jijnäsur api yogasya sabda-brahmätivartate[1]


By virtue of the divine consciousness of his previous life, he automatically becomes attracted to the yogic principles—even without seeking them. Such an inquisitive transcendentalist stands always above the ritualistic principles of the scriptures.


Advanced yogis are not very much attracted to the rituals of the scriptures, but they automatically become attracted to the yoga principles, which can elevate them to complete krsna consciousness, the highest yoga perfection. In the[2] such disregard of Vedic rituals by the advanced transcendentalists is explained as follows:

aho bata sva-paco ’to gariyän yaj-jihvägre vartate näma tubhyam
tepus tapas te juhuvuh sasnur äryä brahmänücur näma grnanti ye te

“O my Lord! Persons who chant the holy names of Your Lordship are far, far advanced in spiritual life, even if born in families of dog-eaters. Such chanters have undoubtedly performed all kinds of austerities and sacrifices, bathed in all sacred places, and finished all scriptural studies.” The famous example of this was presented by Lord Caitanya, who accepted Thäkura Haridäsa as one of His most important disciples. Although Thäkura Haridäsa happened to take his birth in a Muslim family, he was elevated to the post of nämäcärya by Lord Caitanya due to his rigidly attended principle of chanting three hundred thousand holy names of the Lord daily: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna,krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Räma, Hare Räma, Räma Räma, Hare Hare. And because he chanted the holy name of the Lord constantly, it is understood that in his previous life he must have passed through all the ritualistic methods of the Vedas, known as sabda-brahma. Unless, therefore, one is purified, one cannot take to the principles of krsna consciousness or become engaged in chanting the holy name of the Lord, Hare Krsna.



  1. pürva=previous; abhyäsena=by practice; tena=by that; eva=certainly; hriyate=is attracted; hi=surely; avasah=automatically; api=also; sah=he; jijnäsuh=inquisitive; api=even; yogasya=about yoga; sabda-brahma=ritualistic principles of scriptures; ativartate=transcends.
  2. Srimad-Bhägavatam 3.33.7

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