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SB 1.2 - Getting free from the bondage of the world

How to remove the karmic reactions that bind us to the world? Intelligent men cut thru the binding knots of karma by remembering the Personality of Godhead. Our karma as well as our tendencies that spring from that karma is born of actions performed in this and previous lives. Karma is like a tangle of knots that bind us to this world. The contact of the spiritual spark with material elements creates a knot which must be cut if one wants to be liberated from karma. Since the activities of the Lord are transcendental to the material modes, remembering them will sever the knot of material bondage. Thus liberation is a by-product of bhakti. Just as people become attracted to objects and activities by hearing about their capacities to give enjoyment, hearing about Kṛṣṇa can similarly attract us to Him.

Knowledge with bhakti is essential for mukti. Even karma with bhakti can lead one to liberation. Karma over coated with bhakti is called karma-yoga. Empirical knowledge over coated with bhakti is called jñāna-yoga. But pure bhakti is independent of such karma and jñāna because it alone can not only give liberation but also award one the loving service of the Lord. The Gosvāmīs of Vṛndāvana constantly engaged in devotional service of the Lord and made immense literatures of transcendental science for our benefit.