Partha Das, 17 August 2020
Hare Krsna . Dandavats.Prabhu.
One doubt crossed my mind. If the yogi’s aim is to see the Paramatma(supersoul) in the heart, why is it that after seeing the Lord the destination he achieves is nirakar brahman (formless effulgence).
Mahabhagavat Das SDA, 19 August 2020
Dear Sriman Partha,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
All glories to Srila Gurudeva, Srimati Gurumataji and all their associates!
Thank you for your question. This question has been answered in the Bhagavad Gita and by Srila Prabhupad in various purports.
Srila Gurudeva has also answered this question in a succinct way as follows (paraphrased): “When a Yogi sees the Paramatma in the heart, then the yogi falls in love with the Lord and becomes a Bhakta, then he can proceed towards Bhagavan realization, or eternal loving devotional service. Upon reaching the Paramatma platform, one has a choice to go higher to Bhagavan realization or slide back down to Brahman platform… All of these are spiritual perfections, but Brahman realization is said to be perfect, Paramatma realization is said to be more perfect, and Bhagavan realization is to be most perfect”
This has been comprehensively confirmed as follows: https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/3/25/19/
“Perfection in self-realization cannot be attained by any kind of yogī unless he engages in devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, for that is the only auspicious path.”
Gurumataji is giving a Bhagavatam class on this specific verse right now, if you want to join, the URL is http://livelectures.net/ The present date is Wed 19 Aug, and the time is 8:50AM Eastern Time (Toronto), 6:20PM India time. Class will go on for another 30-40 minutes… please join if you can. Highly recommended, as Gurumataji’s classes are not recorded as per her desire.
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