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SB 1.5 - The offending jñānis do not get liberation

Knowledge of self realization, even though free from all material affinity, does not look well if devoid of a conception of Acyuta (naiṣkarmyam apy acyuta-bhāva varjitam, na śobhate) or devoid of love for the Lord. What then is the use of karma, which are naturally painful from the very beginning and transient by nature, if they are not used in the service of the Lord? Here Nārada not only condemns ordinary literatures devoid of glorification of the Lord, but also Vedic literatures filled with karma, and speculation on the subject of Brahman, which are devoid of devotional service. Naiṣkarmyam is the platform of jñāna, when one is freed from karma. So even that is useless because it is not in relation to Acyuta, Kṛṣṇa. Karma can be made fruitful only when made subservient to bhakti, because only Kṛṣṇa is the enjoyer of all work. The results of karma should be offered to the Lord, otherwise it leads to bondage.

Even if bhakti is present in jñāna and one thinks that the Lord and bhakti are mixed with māyā, then that does not produce liberation. Though devoid of ignorance, though one has realized knowledge, there is no use of that knowledge. One cannot achieve liberation just by destroying ignorance. By the inconceivable energy of the Lord, the destroyed ignorance arises again, if one commits offenses against the Lord. After reaching the height of liberation with great difficulty, one again falls down because of not worshiping the lotus feet of the Lord. Since jñāna is devoid of bhakti, the offense caused by thinking that the Lord is material is unavoidable. If such jñāna is useless, what then to speak of karma which is filled with desires for enjoyment and which causes suffering at all times.