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"The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva, Krishna, is extremely difficult to understand for unintelligent men who accept Him as impersonal or void, which He is not."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.9.49

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "The Dynasty of Amsuman." This chapter describes the colorful history of historic kings of the earth, specifically the dynasty of Amsuman, up to Khatvanga, and it also describes how Bhagiratha brought the water of the Ganges to this earth. Today's verse finds Maharaja Khatvanga expressing his detachment from materialistic life.]

TRANSLATION

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vasudeva, Krsna, is extremely difficult to understand for unintelligent men who accept Him as impersonal or void, which He is not. The Lord is therefore understood and sung about by pure devotees.

PURPORT (excerpt):

…The Absolute Truth is realized in three phases — as Brahman, Paramatma and Bhagavan. Bhagavan is the origin of everything. Brahman is a partial representation of Bhagavan, and Vasudeva, the Supersoul living everywhere and in everyone’s heart, is also an advanced realization of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

But when one comes to understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead (vasudevah sarvam iti), when one realizes that Vasudeva is both Paramatma and the impersonal Brahman, he is then in perfect knowledge…

The words param brahma refer to the shelter of the impersonal Brahman and also of the all-pervading Supersoul. When Krishna says tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti, this means that the perfect devotee, after perfect realization, returns home, back to Godhead. Maharaja Khatvanga accepted the shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and because of his full surrender he achieved perfection.

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