SB 5.12.16


tasmān naro ‘saṅga-susaṅga-jāta-
jñānāsinehaiva vivṛkṇa-mohaḥ
hariṁ tad-īhā-kathana-śrutābhyāṁ
labdha-smṛtir yāty atipāram adhvanaḥ


tasmāt—for this reason; narah—every person; asanga—by detachment from the association of worldly people; su-sanga—by the association of devotees; jata—produced; jñāna-asina—by the sword of knowledge; iha—in this material world; eva—even; vivṛkṇa-mohah—whose illusion is completely cut to pieces; harim—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; tad-iha—of His activities; kathana-śrutābhyām—by the two processes of hearing and chanting; labdha-smrtih—the lost consciousness is regained; yati—achieves; atipāram—the ultimate end; adhvanaḥ—of the path back home, back to Godhead.


Simply by associating with exalted devotees, anyone can attain perfection of knowledge and with the sword of knowledge can cut to pieces the illusory associations within this material world. Through the association of devotees, one can engage in the service of the Lord by hearing and chanting [śravaṇaṁ kīrtanam]. Thus one can revive his dormant Kṛṣṇa consciousness and, sticking to the cultivation of Kṛṣṇa consciousness, return home, back to Godhead, even in this life.


To become liberated from material bondage, one must give up the association of worldly people and accept the association of devotees, positive and negative processes are mentioned in this regard. Through the association of devotees, one develops Kṛṣṇa consciousness, which is dormant within. This Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is giving this chance to everyone. We are giving shelter to everyone who is serious about progressing in Kṛṣṇa consciousness. We arrange for their lodging and board so that they can peacefully cultivate Kṛṣṇa consciousness and return home, back to Godhead, even in this life.

Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Fifth Canto, Twelfth Chapter of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, entitled, “The Conversation Between Mahārāja Rahūgaṇa and Jaḍa Bharata.”

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