SB 4.22.25

हरेर्मुहुस्तत्परकर्णपूर गुणाभिधानेन विजृम्भमाणया ।
भक्त्या ह्यसङ्गः सदसत्यनात्मनि स्यान्निर्गुणे ब्रह्मणि चाञ्जसा रतिः ॥२५॥


harer muhus tatpara-karṇa-pūra-
guṇābhidhānena vijṛmbhamāṇayā
bhaktyā hy asaṅgaḥ sad-asaty anātmani
syān nirguṇe brahmaṇi cāñjasā ratiḥ


hareḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bighareḥ

always in reference to the Supreme Personality of Godhead; by the Supreme Lord; by the Supreme Personality of Godhead; from the Supreme Personality of Godhead; of God; of Hari (the Lord); of Hari; of Hari, the Lord; of Hari, the Personality of Godhead; of Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; of Indra; of Kṛṣṇa; of Lord Hari; of Lord Kṛṣṇa; of Lord Kṛṣṇa or Viṣṇu; of Lord Kṛṣṇa, Hari; of Lord Viṣṇu; of Lord Viṣṇu, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; of Lord Śrī Hari; of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa; of the Lord; of the Lord, Śrī Kṛṣṇa; of the Personality of Godhead; of the Supreme Lord; of the Supreme Lord, Hari; of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari; of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa; the Supreme Personality of Godhead; to Kṛṣṇa; to the Supreme Personality of Godhead; who is Lord Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; without Hari, the Lord.
—of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; muhuḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigmuhuḥ

again and again; always; at every moment; constantly; continually; continuously; more than often; repeatedly.
—constantly; tatplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigtat

establishment of the statement tat tvam asi.
-paraplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigpara

and of others; get it; higher; O Supreme; of another; of others; of the transcendental Lord; other; others; outsider; previous; the conclusion at the end; the Supreme; transcendental.
—in relation with the Supreme Personality of Godhead; karṇaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigkarṇa

and to the ears; ear; ears; Karṇa; of the ear; on the ears; the ear; the ears; through the ears; to the ear.
-pūraplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigpura

capital; cities; cities and towns; of the city; of towns; towns.
—decoration of the ear; guṇaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigguna

-abhidhānenaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigabhidhānena

in sound.
—discussing transcendental qualities; vijṛmbhamāṇayāplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigvijṛmbhamāṇayā

by increasing Kṛṣṇa consciousness.
—by increasing Kṛṣṇa consciousness; bhaktyāplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigbhaktyā

because of pure devotion; by a devotional attitude; by devotion; by devotional service (executed in nine different processes); by devotional service; by pure devotion; by pure devotional service; by rendering service in devotion; by the devotion; devotion; devotional service; in devotion; in devotional service; in full devotion; simply by devotional service; through devotion; whose devotional service; with a devotional attitude; with devotion; with devotion and faith; with devout attention; with faith and devotion; with great devotion; with great devotional love.
—by devotion; hiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bighi

addressed; all; also; and above all; and exactly; as a matter of fact; assuredly; because; because of which; certainly; certainly are; exactly; exactly like; for; for this reason; from which; in deed; in fact; indeed (You can be realized by the devotees); indeed; is certainly; only; positively; reason of; since; surely; than; though; thus; undoubtedly; without fail.
—certainly; asaṅgaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigasangah

completely detached; detachment; no attachment; unattached; uncontaminated; who have no association with the material world.
—uncontaminated; satplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigsat

again the father or grandfather has come; always existing; auspicious; being; by authorities on religion; by exalted personalities; cause; effect; eternal; eternal existence; existing; good; legitimate; manifest; manifestation; manifested; manifested or phenomenal; of reality; of the devotees or the pious; respectable; result; resultant; right; Supreme; the cause; the effect; the Supreme; to the great sages; to the virtuous; to Your devotees; transcendental; which is existing, as the effect.
-asatiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigasati

a product of ignorance; although you are unchaste; being absent; in the false ego; in the material world; in the temporary material world; in the unmanifest; O unchaste daughter; temporary; the material existence; thus being; to temporary material happiness; unreal.
—the material world; anātmaniplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biganātmani

opposed to spiritual understanding.
—opposed to spiritual understanding; syātplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigsyāt

appears; arises; become; becomes; becomes possible; can be; can be possible; can there be; comes into being; exists; has to be taken; if it is possible; is; is made possible; is possible; it becomes; it becomes so; it had been; it is possible; it is so; it may be; it may happen; it should be done; it so becomes; it so happens; it would have been; let there be; may arise; may be; may become; may continue; may happen; may occur; may take place; must be; one becomes; one should be; remains; shall be; should be; should become; so becomes; there can be; there is; there may be; there must be; there shall be; there should be; there would be; will be spread; will take place; will there be; would adopt; would be.
—should be; nirguṇeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bignirguṇe

in the Supreme, who is beyond the material modes; in transcendence; the transcendence.
—in transcendence; brahmaṇiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigbrahmani

absolute; in Brahman; in one who is transcendentally situated; in spiritual realization; in the Absolute; in the Absolute Truth; in the impersonal Brahman; in the spiritual sky; in the Supreme; in the Supreme Brahman; in the Supreme Lord; in the Supreme Personality of Godhead; in the Transcendence; into impersonal Brahman, which is worshiped by impersonalist jñānīs; into the Supreme Absolute; on the Supreme; spiritual entity; the origin of impersonal Brahman; the Supreme; the Supreme Brahman; the Supreme Lord; the Supreme Personality of Godhead; transcendence; unto a brāhmaṇa; unto Brahman; unto Parabrahman, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Vāsudeva; unto the great; unto the spirit; upon the Supreme Absolute Truth; Vedic literature; which is Parabrahman (not idol worship); who are Parabrahman, the Supreme Brahman.
—in the Supreme Lord; caplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigca

ca; all these; also; also other bodily forms; also that I have not been able to ask; and (the five gross material elements and the ten acting and knowledge-gathering senses); and; and also; and Devahūti; and for all; and the paraphernalia; as also; as much as; as well; as well as; but; certainly; either; however; indeed; only; or; over and above; respectively; the word ca; this word ca; thus; totally; unlimitedly; verily.
—and; añjasāplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigañjasā

actually; at once; completely; direct; directly; easily; easily, totally or directly; elaborately; factually; fully; happily; immediately; in detail; in total; instantly; made easy; on the whole, or in fact; perfectly well; quickly; soon; summarily; taking all of them together, we cannot understand them; totally; truly; very easily; very easily by his mystic power; very soon; without delay; without difficulty.
—easily; ratiḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigratiḥ

a sexual relationship; attachment; attachment for sense gratification; attachment with love and affection; attracting; attraction; attraction or ecstatic devotional service; being attracted to; intimate relation; love; the attraction.


The devotee should gradually increase the culture of devotional service by constant hearing of the transcendental qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. These pastimes are like ornamental decorations on the ears of devotees. By rendering devotional service and transcending the material qualities, one can easily be fixed in transcendence in the Supreme Personality of Godhead. 


This verse is especially mentioned to substantiate the devotional process of hearing the subject matter. A devotee does not like to hear anything other than subjects dealing with spiritual activities, or the pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. We can increase our propensity for devotional service by hearing Bhagavad-gītā and Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam from realized souls. The more we hear from realized souls, the more we make advancement in our devotional life. The more we advance in devotional life, the more we become detached from the material world. The more we become detached from the material world, as advised by Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, the more we increase in attachment for the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, a devotee who actually wants to make progress in devotional service and go back home, back to Godhead, must lose interest in sense enjoyment and associating with persons who are after money and sense gratification. This is the advice of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu: 

niṣkiñcanasya bhagavad-bhajanonmukhasya
pāraṁ paraṁ jigamiṣor bhava-sāgarasya
sandarśanaṁ viṣayiṇām atha yoṣitāṁ ca
hā hanta hanta viṣa-bhakṣaṇato ‘py asādhu
(Cc. Madhya 11.8)plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 11.8

Greatly lamenting, the Lord then informed Sārvabhauma Bhaṭṭācārya, " 'Alas, for a person who is seriously desiring to cross the material ocean and engage in the transcendental loving service of the Lord without material motives, seeing a materialist engaged in sense gratification or seeing a woman who is similarly interested is more abominable than drinking poison willingly.' "

The word brahmaṇi used in this verse is commented upon by the impersonalists or professional reciters of Bhāgavatam, who are mainly advocates of the caste system by demoniac birthright. They say that brahmaṇi means the impersonal Brahman. But they cannot conclude this with reference to the context of the words bhaktyā and guṇābhidhānena. According to the impersonalists, there are no transcendental qualities in the impersonal Brahman; therefore we should understand that brahmaṇi means “in the Supreme Personality of Godhead.” Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as admitted by Arjuna in Bhagavad-gītā; therefore wherever the word brahma is used, it must refer to Kṛṣṇa, not to the impersonal Brahman effulgence. Brahmeti paramātmeti bhagavān iti śabdyate (SB 1.2.11)plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.2.11

Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance Brahman, Paramātmā or Bhagavān.
. Brahman, Paramātmā and Bhagavān can all be taken in total as Brahman, but when there is reference to the word bhakti or remembrance of the transcendental qualities, this indicates the Supreme Personality of Godhead, not the impersonal Brahman.