Srimad Bhagavatam 11.14.25 - Bhakti Alone Can Purify One fom Resultant Action from Karma (download mp3)
by Rishikumar Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yathagnina hema malam jahati
dhmatam punah svam bhajate ca rupam
atma ca karmanusayam vidhuya
mad-bhakti-yogena bhajaty atho mam
Just as gold, when smelted in fire, gives up its impurities and returns to its pure brilliant state, similarly, the spirit soul, absorbed in the fire of bhakti-yoga, is purified of all contamination caused by previous fruitive activities and returns to its original position of serving Me in the spiritual world.
According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, this verse indicates that the devotee goes back home, back to Godhead, and there worships Lord Krsna in his original spiritual body, which is compared to the original pure form of smelted gold. Gold alloyed with inferior metals cannot be purified by water and soap; similarly, the heart’s impurities cannot be removed by superficial processes. Only the fire of love of Godhead can cleanse one’s soul and send one back home, back to Godhead, to engage in eternal loving service to the Lord.