Chapter 6: Säìkhya-yoga
chinnabhram iva nasyati
vimudho brahmanah pathi
kaccit—whether; na—not; ubhaya—both; vibhrañöaù—deviated from; chinna—fallen; abhram—cloud; iva—likened; naçyati—perishes; apratiñöhaù—without any position; mahä-bäho—O mighty-armed Kåñëa; vimüòhaù—bewildered; brahmaëaù—of Transcendence; pathi—on the path.
O mighty-armed Kåñëa, does not such a man, being deviated from the path of Transcendence, perish like a riven cloud, with no position in any sphere?
There are two ways to progress. Those who are materialists have no interest in Transcendence; therefore they are more interested in material advancement by economic development, or in promotion to the higher planets by appropriate work. When one takes to the path of Transcendence, one has to cease all material activities and sacrifice all forms of so-called material happiness. If the aspiring transcendentalist fails, then he apparently loses both ways; in other words, he can enjoy neither material happiness nor spiritual success. He has no position; he is like a riven cloud. A cloud in the sky sometimes deviates from a small cloud and joins a big one. But if it cannot join a big one, then it is blown away by the wind and becomes a nonentity in the vast sky. The brahmaëaù pathi is the path of transcendental realization through knowing oneself to be spiritual in essence, part and parcel of the Supreme Lord who is manifested as Brahman, Paramätmä and Bhagavän. Lord Çré Kåñëa is the fullest manifestation of the Supreme Absolute Truth, and therefore one who is surrendered to the Supreme Person is a successful transcendentalist. To reach this goal of life through Brahman and Paramätmä realization takes many, many births: Bahünäà janmanäm ante. Therefore the supermost of transcendental realization is bhakti-yoga or Kåñëa consciousness, the direct method.