Srimad Bhagavatam 11.13.33 - Twenty Items of Knowledge are Relevant in Our Life (download mp3)
by Gauranga Priya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
evam vimrsya gunato manasas try-avastha
man-mayaya mayi krta iti niscitarthah
sañchidya hardam anumana-sad-ukti-tiksna-
jñanasina bhajata makhila-samsayadhim
You should consider how, by the influence of My illusory energy, these three states of the mind, caused by the modes of nature, have been artificially imagined to exist in Me. Having definitely ascertained the truth of the soul, you should utilize the sharpened sword of knowledge, acquired by logical reflection and from the instructions of sages and Vedic literatures, to completely cut off the false ego, which is the breeding ground of all doubts. All of you should then worship Me, who am situated within the heart.
One who has obtained transcendental knowledge is no longer dependent on the three stages of ordinary consciousness, namely waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep. One thus rids one’s material mind of the tendency to become the enjoyer of the inferior energy of the Lord, and one sees everything as part and parcel of the Lord’s potency, meant only for the enjoyment of the Lord Himself. In such a state of consciousness, one naturally surrenders fully to the Lord’s devotional service, which Lord Hamsa here advises the sons of Lord Brahma to take up.