Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 361

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

Attaining the Supreme
Chapter 8: Verse-11

yad aksaram veda-vido vadanti visanti yad yatayo vita-rägäh
yad icchanto brahmacaryam caranti tat te padam sangrahena pravaksye[1]


Persons who are learned in the Vedas, who utter omkära and who are great sages in the renounced order enter into Brahman. Desiring such perfection, one practices celibacy. I shall now briefly explain to you this process by which one may attain salvation.


Lord Krsna has recommended to Arjuna the practice of sat-cakra-yoga, in which one places the air of life between the eyebrows. Taking it for granted that Arjuna might not know how to practice ñaö-cakra-yoga, the Lord explains the process in the following verses. The Lord says that Brahman, although one without a second, has various manifestations and features. Especially for the impersonalists, the akñara, or omkär—thesyllable om—is identical with Brahman.krsna here explains the impersonal Brahman, in which the renounced order of sages enter. In the Vedic system of knowledge, students, from the very beginning, are taught to vibrate om and learn of the ultimate impersonal Brahman by living with the spiritual master in complete celibacy. In this way they realize two of Brahman’s features. This practice is very essential for the student’s advancement in spiritual life, but at the moment such brahmacäri (unmarried celibate) life is not at all possible. The social construction of the world has changed so much that there is no possibility of one’s practicing celibacy from the beginning of student life. Throughout the world there are many institutions for different departments of knowledge, but there is no recognized institution where students can be educated in the brahmacäri principles. Unless one practices celibacy, advancement in spiritual life is very difficult. Therefore Lord Caitanya has announced, according to the scriptural injunctions for this Age of Kali, that in this age no process of realizing the Supreme is possible except the chanting of the holy names of Lord Krsna: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna,krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Räma, Hare Räma, Räma Räma, Hare Hare.



  1. yat=that which; aksaram=syllable om; veda-vidah=persons conversant with the Vedas; vadanti=say; visanti=enter; yat=in which; yatayah=great sages; vita-rägäh=in the renounced order of life; yat=that which; icchantah=desiring; brahmacaryam=celibacy; caranti=practice; tat=that; te=unto you; padam=situation; sangrahena=in summary; pravaksye=I shall explain.

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