Srimad Bhagavatam 11.15.11 - Devotional Service in Old Age (download mp3)
by Sankirtan Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yatha-samstham mano dadhat
bhutanam ca prthak prthak
One who absorbs his mind in the particular form of the mahat-tattva and thus meditates upon Me as the Supreme Soul of the total material existence achieves the mystic perfection called mahima. By further absorbing the mind in the situation of each individual element such as the sky, air, fire, and so on, one progressively acquires the greatness of each material element.
There are innumerable verses in Vedic literatures explaining that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is qualitatively not different from His creation and thus a yogi may meditate upon the total material existence as a manifestation of the external potency of the Lord. Once the yogi has established his realization that the material creation is not different from the Lord, he obtains the perfection called mahima-siddhi. By realizing the Lord’s presence in each individual element the yogi also acquires the greatness of each element. However, the pure devotees are not very interested in such perfections because they are surrendered to the Personality of Godhead, who exhibits such perfections to the infinite degree. Being always protected by the Lord, the pure devotees save their precious time to chant Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Thus they achieve for themselves and others samsiddhi, or the supreme perfection, pure love of Godhead, Krsna consciousness, by which one expands one’s existence beyond the total material creation to the spiritual planets called Vaikuntha.