Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 387

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

The Most Confidential Knowledge
Chapter 9: Verse-3

asraddadhänäh purusä dharmasyäsya parantapa
apräpya mäm nivartante mrtyu-sassära-vartmani [1]


Those who are not faithful in this devotional service cannot attain Me, O conqueror of enemies. Therefore they return to the path of birth and death in this material world.


The faithless cannot accomplish this process of devotional service; that is the purport of this verse. Faith is created by association with devotees. Unfortunate people, even after hearing all the evidence of Vedic literature from great personalities, still have no faith in God. They are hesitant and cannot stay fixed in the devotional service of the Lord. Thus faith is a most important factor for progress in krsna consciousness. In the Caitanya-caritämrta it is said that faith is the complete conviction that simply by serving the Supreme Lord, Krsna, one can achieve all perfection. That is called real faith. As stated in the[2]

yathä taror müla-nisecanena trpyanti tat-skandha-bhujopasäkhäh
pränopahäräc ca yathendriyänäm tathaiva sarvärhanam acyutejyä

“By giving water to the root of a tree one satisfies its branches, twigs and leaves, and by supplying food to the stomach one satisfies all the senses of the body. Similarly, by engaging in the transcendental service of the Supreme Lord one automatically satisfies all the demigods and all other living entities.”



  1. açraddadhänäh=those who are faithless; purusäh=such persons; dharmasya=toward the process of religion; asya=this; parantapa=O killer of the enemies; apräpya=without obtaining; mäm=Me; nivartante=come back;
    mrtyu=of death; samsära=in material existence; vartmani=on the path.
  2. Srimad-Bhägavatam 4.31.14

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