Bhagavad Gita -Srila Prabhupada 419

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

The Most Confidential Knowledge
Chapter 9: Verse-30

api cet su-duräcäro bhajate mäm ananya-bhäk
sädhur eva sa mantavyah samyag vyavasito hi sah [1]


Even if one commits the most abominable action, if he is engaged in devotional service he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated in his determination.


The word su-duräcärah used in this verse is very significant, and we should understand it properly. When a living entity is conditioned, he has two kinds of activities: one is conditional, and the other is constitutional. As for protecting the body or abiding by the rules of society and state, certainly there are different activities, even for the devotees, in connection with the conditional life, and such activities are called conditional. Besides these, the living entity who is fully conscious of his spiritual nature and is engaged in Krsna consciousness, or the devotional service of the Lord, has activities which are called transcendental. Such activities are performed in his constitutional position, and they are technically called devotional service. Now, in the conditioned state, sometimes devotional service and the conditional service in relation to the body will parallel one another. But then again, sometimes these activities become opposed to one another. As far as possible, a devotee is very cautious so that he does not do anything that could disrupt his wholesome condition. He knows that perfection in his activities depends on his progressive realization of krsna consciousness. Sometimes, however, it may be seen that a person in krsna consciousness commits some act which may be taken as most abominable socially or politically. But such a temporary falldown does not disqualify him. In the Srimad-Bhägavatam it is stated that if a person falls down but is wholeheartedly engaged in the transcendental service of the Supreme Lord, the Lord, being situated within his heart, purifies him and excuses him from that abomination.



  1. api=even; cet=if; su-duräcärah=one committing the most abominable
    actions; bhajate=is engaged in devotional service; mäm=unto Me; ananya-bhäk=without deviation; sädhuh=a saint; eva=certainly; sah=he;
    mantavyah=is to be considered; samyak=completely; vyavasitah=situated in determination; hi=certainly; sah=he.

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