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Chapter 8: Attaining the Supreme

Bg 8.22
purusah sa parah partha
bhaktya labhyas tv ananyaya
yasyantah-sthani bhutani
yena sarvam idam tatam
puruñaù—the Supreme Personality; saù—He; paraù—the Supreme, than whom no one is greater; pärtha—O son of Påthä; bhaktyä—by devotional service; labhyaù—can be achieved; tu—but; ananyayä—unalloyed, undeviating devotion; yasya—His; antaùsthäni—within; bhütäni—all this material manifestation; yena—by whom; sarvam—all; idam—whatever we can see; tatam—distributed.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is greater than all, is attainable by unalloyed devotion. Although He is present in His abode, He is all-pervading, and everything is situated within Him.
It is here clearly stated that the supreme destination from which there is no return is the abode of Kåñëa, the Supreme Person. The Brahma-saàhitä describes this supreme abode as änanda-cinmaya-rasa, a place where everything is full of spiritual bliss. Whatever variegatedness is manifest there is all of the quality of spiritual bliss—there is nothing material. All variegatedness is expanded as the spiritual expansion of the Supreme Godhead Himself, for the manifestation there is totally of the spiritual energy, as explained in Chapter Seven. As far as this material world is concerned, although the Lord is always in His supreme abode, He is nonetheless all-pervading by His material energy. So by His spiritual and material energies He is present everywhere—both in the material and in the spiritual universes. Yasyäntaùsthäni means that everything is sustained by Him, whether it be spiritual or material energy.
It is clearly stated here that only by bhakti, or devotional service, can one enter into the Vaikuëöha (spiritual) planetary system. In all the Vaikuëöhas there is only one Supreme Godhead, Kåñëa, who has expanded Himself into millions and millions of plenary expansions. These plenary expansions are four-armed, and they preside over the innumerable spiritual planets. They are known by a variety of names-Puruñottama, Trivikrama, Keçava, Mädhava, Aniruddha, Håñékeça, Saìkarñaëa, Pradyumna, Çrédhara, Väsudeva, Dämodara, Janärdana, Näräyaëa, Vämana, Padmanäbha, etc. These plenary expansions are likened unto the leaves of a tree, and the main tree is likened to Kåñëa. Kåñëa, dwelling in Goloka Våndävana, His supreme abode, systematically conducts all affairs of both universes (material and spiritual) without a flaw by power of His all-pervasiveness.


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