Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10, Chapter 29, Text 13

SB 10.29.13

sri-suka uvaca
uktam purastad etat te
 caidyah siddhim yatha gatah
dvisann api hrsikesam
 kim utadhoksaja-priyah
Sukadeva Gosvami said: This point was explained to you previously. Since even Sisupala, who hated Krsna, achieved perfection, then what to speak of the Lord’s dear devotees.
Although the spiritual nature of conditioned souls may be covered by illusion, Lord Krsna’s spiritual nature is omnipotent and is never covered by any other power. In fact, all other powers are His energy and thus function according to His will. The Brahma-samhita (5.44) states, srsti sthiti-pralaya-sadhana-saktir eka/ chayeva yasya bhuvanani bibharti durga/ icchanurupam api yasya ca cestate sa: “The mighty Durga, who creates, maintains and annihilates the material worlds, is the potency ot the Supreme Lord, and she moves like His shadow, according to His desire.” Thus because the Lord’s spiritual influence does not depend on whether someone understands Him or not, the gopis’ spontaneous love for Krsna guaranteed their spiritual perfection.
The great Madhvacarya quotes the following relevant passages from the Skanda Purana:
krsna-kamas tada gopyas
 tyaktva deham divam gatah
samyak krsnam para-brahma
 jñatva kalat param yayuh
“At that time the gopis, who desired Krsna, gave up their bodies and went to the spiritual world. Because they properly understood Krsna to be the Supreme Absolute Truth, they transcended the influence of time.”
purvam ca jñana-samyuktas
 tatrapi prayasas tatha
atas tasam param brahma
 gatir asin na kamatah
“In their previous lives most of the gopis were already fully endowed with transcendental knowledge. It is because of this knowledge, not their lust, that they were able to attain the Supreme Brahman.”
na tu jñanam rte mokso
 nanyah pantheti hi srutih
kama-yukta tada bhaktir
 jñanam cato vimukti-gah
“The Vedas declare that without spiritual knowledge there is no valid path to liberation. Because these apparently lusty gopis possessed devotion and knowledge, they achieved liberation.”
ato mokse ’pi tasam ca
 kamo bhaktyanuvartate
mukti-sabdodito caidya-
 prabhrtau dvesa-bhaginah
“Thus even in their attainment of liberation, ‘lust’ followed as a manifestation of their pure devotion. After all, what we call liberation was experienced even by envious persons like Sisupala.”
bhakti-margi prthan muktim
 agad visnu-prasadatah
kamas tv asubha-krc capi
 bhaktya visnoh prasada-krt
“By the mercy of Lord Visnu, one who follows the path of devotional service gains liberation as a by-product, and such a person’s lusty desire, which would normally invoke misfortune, instead invokes the mercy of Visnu when exhibited in pure devotion.”
dvesi-jiva-yutam capi
 bhaktam visnur vimocayet
aho ’ti-karuna visnoh
 sisupalasya moksanat
“Lord Visnu will save even a devotee possessed of an envious life. Just see the extreme mercy of the Lord, as shown by His granting liberation to Sisupala!”
Sisupala was Lord Krsna’s cousin. He was mortified when the Lord stole the gorgeous young Rukmini, whom Sisupala himself was hell-bent on marrying. For various other reasons also, Sisupala was consumed with envy of Lord Krsna, and finally he insanely offended Him in a great assembly called the Rajasuya sacrifice. At that time Krsna nonchalantly cut off Sisupala’s head and gave him liberation. Everyone present saw the effulgent soul of Sisupala rise out of his dead body and merge into the existence of the Lord. The Seventh Canto explains that Sisupala was an incarnation of a gatekeeper in the spiritual world cursed to take birth on the earth as a demon. Since even Sisupala was liberated by the Lord, who took into consideration the whole situation, then what to speak of the gopis, who loved Krsna more than anything.
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