BG Chap 18 - The result of bhakti

One enters into the kingdom of God when one attains bhakti because only by bhakti can a person understand Kṛṣṇa as He is. One should not mistakenly think that the word viśate, "enters into Me," supports the monist theory that one becomes homogeneous with the impersonal Brahman. Viśate means that one can enter into the abode of the Supreme Lord in one's individuality to engage in His association and render service unto Him. For instance, a green bird enters a green tree not to become one with the tree but to enjoy the fruits of the tree. Impersonalists generally give the example of a river flowing into the ocean and merging. This may be a source of happiness for the impersonalist, but the personalist keeps his personal individuality like an aquatic in the ocean. We find so many living entities within the ocean, if we go deep. Surface acquaintance with the ocean is not sufficient; one must have complete knowledge of the aquatics living in the ocean depths. Because of his pure devotional service, a devotee can understand the transcendental qualities and the opulences of the Supreme Lord in truth.

For the jñānī entering into God would mean merging with Him. But only by bhakti a jñānī can attain this goal. By bhakti alone which functions after the cessation of vidyā, he enters the Lord in the sense of coming to experience the happiness of sāyujya. Since the Lord is beyond māyā, and vidyā is part of māyā, Kṛṣṇa even in the form of Brahman cannot be known by vidyā. Bhakti enters as a small portion into vidyā in order to give vidyā its results, just as bhakti also enters karma yoga to give results of karma. Karma, jñana and other processes are just useless labor without bhakti. One should give up knowledge which arises from sattva and use only the knowledge that comes due to bhakti so that one can attain brahma sāyujya. For those who have destroyed ignorance thru bhakti, the taste for bhakti increases.