Book 10: Twenty-eight Chapter (First Half)
Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 28: Verses 13-17
"Revolving through (diverse) states of existence, (both) high and low, in this (material) world under the force of ignorance (in the shape of identification with the body etc.), desire (born of such ignorance) and actions (prompted by such desire), indeed, this embodied soul is unable to realize its essential character." Reflecting thus, the highly merciful Lord Sri Hari revealed to the cowherds His own (divine) realm (viz., Vaikuntha), lying beyond Prakrti and (before that) His (transcendent) state called Brahma, which is (absolute) truth, (pure) consciousness, infinite, self-effulgent and eternal, and which sages realize only when the three Gunas are transcended and when they have been fully composed. Trans-ported (first) to the all absorbing state of Brahma and steeped in it, and eventually lifted out of it by Sri Krsna (as out of a trance), they beheld the (divine) realm of the same Brahma (crystallized in the form of Lord Visnu) by the grace of the same Krsna because of whom Akrura perceived that divine abode (on another occasion) in the past. Nanda and others were indeed exhilarated with supreme ecstasy to behold the said realm as well as Sri Krsna being panegyrized there by the (four) Vedas (in living forms), and felt greatly amazed (to find Sri Krsna in their midst once again as before).
Thus ends the twenty-eighth discourse in the first half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita.
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