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Chapter 9: The Most Confidential Knowledge

Bg 9.20
trai-vidya mam soma-pah puta-papa
yajnair istva svar-gatim prarthayante
te punyam asadya surendra-lokam
asnanti divyan divi deva-bhogan
trai-vidyäù—the knowers of the three Vedas; mäm—unto Me; soma-päù—drinkers of soma juice; püta—purified; päpäù—sins; yajïaiù—with sacrifices; iñövä—after worshiping; svargatim—passage to heaven; prärthayante—pray; te—they; puëyam—virtue; äsädya—enjoying; surendra—of Indra; lokam—world; açnanti—enjoy; divyän—celestial; divi—in heaven; deva-bhogän—pleasures of the gods.
Those who study the Vedas and drink the soma juice, seeking the heavenly planets, worship Me indirectly. They take birth on the planet of Indra, where they enjoy godly delights.
The word trai-vidyäù refers to the three Vedas, Säma, Yajur and Åg. A brähmaëa who has studied these three Vedas is called a tri-vedé. Anyone who is very much attached to knowledge derived from these three Vedas is respected in society. Unfortunately, there are many great scholars of the Vedas who do not know the ultimate purport of studying them. Therefore Kåñëa herein declares Himself to be the ultimate goal for the tri-vedés. Actual tri-vedés take shelter under the lotus feet of Kåñëa and engage in pure devotional service to satisfy the Lord. Devotional service begins with the chanting of the Hare Kåñëa mantra and side by side trying to understand Kåñëa in truth. Unfortunately those who are simply official students of the Vedas become more interested in offering sacrifices to the different demigods like Indra, Candra, etc. By such endeavor, the worshipers of different demigods are certainly purified of the contamination of the lower qualities of nature and are thereby elevated to the higher planetary system or heavenly planets known as Maharloka, Janaloka, Tapoloka, etc. Once situated on those higher planetary systems, one can satisfy his senses hundreds of thousands of times better than on this planet.


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