Chapter 15Realization of the Ultimate TruthVerse 5


Sanskrit Vocal





Commentaries of the Four Authorized Vaisnava Sampradayas

as confirmed in the Garga Samhita Canto 10, Chapter 61, Verses 23, 24, 25, 26
Rudra Vaisnava Sampradaya:


Sridhara Swami's Commentary

Here Lord Krishna describes other means of attaining the Supreme goal. The absence of pride, delusion and false identification of the ego. The cessation of illusionary attachments to sons, family, dynasty, species, planet, etc. Enthusiasm for spiritual pursuits and knowledge of the atma the immortal soul. Free from the pangs of desire and ignorance, surpassing the dualistic conceptions of pleasure and pain, happiness and unhappiness, heat and cold. Such a one attains the transcendental spiritual worlds in Vaikuntha and beyond and attains the eternal association of the Supreme Lord

Brahma Vaisnava Sampradaya:


Madhvacarya's Commentary

In this verse Lord Krishna describes other means of attaining the Supreme state.

Sri Vaisnava Sampradaya:


Ramanuja's Commentary

Those blessed jivas or embodied beings who have relinquished such illusions as love for things not related to the atma or immortal soul attain unto the Supreme Lord Krishna as their saviour. The evils of desire and attachment captivates one by sense gratification bewilderd by the three gunas or modes of material nature. Those that surmount this are: 1) nirmana mohan means free from pride and false ego conception of being their body 2) adhyatma-nityah means those engrossed in the eternal knowledge of the atma 3) vinivrtta-kamah means totally free from lusty desires by only desiring the atma 4) vimukta dvandvair means completely liberated from conceptions of dualities Those that achieve the above attain avyayam padam or the eternal supreme transcendental state by atma tattva or realisation of the immortal soul and its unlimited intelligence characterised by it infinitely expanded consciousness.

To those whose faith in the Supreme Lord Krishna is bonafide by acceptance of a spiritual guru in authorised disciplic succession and whose devotion is absolute due to the mercy of the spiritual master and receiving knowledge of bhakti or exclusive loving devotion unto the Supreme Lord. Then Lord Krishna Himself initiates the previously mentioned four attributes and their success is effected solely by His grace. Then they are all easily traversed until perfection comes and the goal is reached.

Kumara Vaisnava Sampradaya:


Kesava Kasmiri's Commentary

Anticipating that a spiritually intelligent aspirant would wish to know what type of jivas or embodied beings are able to attain the eternal spiritual worlds, Lord Krishna reveals that one who is free from pride and infatuation, who is undeluded by material nature due to discriminative knowledge of the atma or immortal soul and the physical body, understanding that they are distinctly different. Who have conquered the tenacious vice of attachment. Who have overcome feelings of passion and repugnance. Who are free from false ego imagining they are the physical body. Whose mundane cravings and worldy desires have altogether ceased to exist and who have surpassed the dualities of material existence such as pleasure and pain, happiness and unhappines, cold and hot attraction and aversion. Who are situated in atma tattva or realisation of the soul and are in perpetual communion with the atma. Those possessing all these attributes achieve the imperishable Supreme state for they perceive the the actual nature of the atma and receiving unveiled knowledge direct from within they are able to attain the Supreme Lord Krishna eternally.

Thus ends commentaries of chapter 15, verse 5 of the Srimad Bhagavad-Gita.

Verse 5

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