SB 8.4.13


evaṁ vimokṣya gaja-yūtha-pam abja-nābhas
tenāpi pārṣada-gatiṁ gamitena yuktaḥ
gandharva-siddha-vibudhair upagīyamāna-
karmādbhutaṁ sva-bhavanaṁ garuḍāsano ‘gāt


evamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigevam

also; as; as exhibited by him; as I have done; as mentioned above; certainly; in that way; in the same way; in this manner; in this way (as described previously); in this way (some sons having been cursed and some blessed); in this way (while they were enjoying their lunch); in this way; it is so; just in the same way; like this; only; similarly (as earthly wealth and possessions are impermanent); similarly; so; so living; such; that; therefore; this; thus (as above mentioned); thus (living a devotional life); thus; thus being always engaged; thus prescribed; thus, as aforementioned; yes, this is right.
—thus; vimokṣyaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigvimokṣya

—delivering; gajaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biggaja

big elephants and horses.
-yūthaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigyūtha

bereft of her husband.
-pamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigpam

the King of the elephants, Gajendra.
—the King of the elephants, Gajendra; abjaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigabja

a lotus; from the lotus flower; lotus; lotus flower.
-nābhaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bignabhah

ether; in the skies; in the sky; like the sky; Nabha; sky; the sky; the small quantity of air; the whole sky; to the sky; toward the sky.
—the Supreme Personality of Godhead, from whose navel sprouts a lotus flower; tenaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigtena

a similar body; and by the same weapon; because of this; because of this benediction; by; by a material body; by generating such a fire; by him (Gajendra); by him; by Hiraṇyākṣa; by such (riches); by such a process; by such a resultant action; by such an utterance; by such instruction; by such lotus feet; by that (device); by that (fire of austerity); by that (fire); by that (the horse sacrifice); by that; by that airplane; by that body; by that form; by that lust; by that means; by that purified; by that symptom; by that wind; by the fish; by the force of the pregnancy of Diti; by the influence of that; by the King; by the Lord; by them (the arrows); by this; by Vidura; by Viśvāmitra; for that reason; from that; him; that body; them; then, with the second rope; therefore; thus by practicing such austerities; with Lord Brahmā; with that; with that rope; with that wealth; with the same personality; with them.
—by him (Gajendra); apiplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigapi

also; api; a still more secluded place; again; alas; also (confirms); also (the human beings); also; although (I am in such a position); although; although apparently different; although he is; although He is so; although it is so; although not exposed to common eyes; although one; although there is; although there was; and also; as also; as He is; as well as; as you have stated; at the same time; better than that; certainly; definitely; despite; either; else; especially; even; even if; even if the body is so exalted; even though; even though it is so; even though new calves were present; even though there is; even with; exactly; for the sake of; I am wondering; if; if also; if so; in due course; in spite of; in spite of this situation; including; indeed; it may be; just now; may be; moreover; of the word api; or; others; over and above; so; still; surely; the word api; then; though; thus; verily; virtually; whether.
—also; pārṣadaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigpārṣada

-gatimplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biggatim

a condition; abode; achievement; activities; advancement, destination; constitutional position; departure; destination; direction; disappearance; duration of life; factual position; Gati; liberation; movement; movements; path; path of liberation; perfection; perfectional stage; position; progress; reactions; real position; result; salvation; speed; state; the activities; the best destination; the characteristics or actual behavior; the destination; the end; the goal of life; the movement; the progress; the ultimate goal of life; the whereabouts; the womb; to a state; to the destination; transcendental activities; transferral to the spiritual world; way.
—the position of the Lord’s associate; gamitenaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biggamitena

who had already gotten.
—who had already gotten; yuktaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigyuktah

accompanied; actual yogī; all engaged; associated with; being absorbed; being engaged; being united; bestowed; combined; competent for self-realization; devoutly attached; dovetailed; endowed; endowed with; engaged; engaged in the divine consciousness; fixed; in touch with the Supreme; in trance; is in the transcendental position; one who is engaged in devotional service; such engagement; surrounded; through such agency; together; well situated in yoga; with; with great attention.
—accompanied; gandharvaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biggandharva

among the inhabitants of Gandharvaloka; belonging to the Gandharvaloka; by the denizens of Gandharvaloka; by the Gandharva soldiers; by the Gandharvas; by the residents of Gandharvaloka; inhabitants of Gandharvaloka; inhabitants of the Gandharva planet; of the inhabitants of Gandharvaloka; residents of Gandharvaloka; the celestial musicians; the denizens of Gandharvaloka; the expert artisans in the higher planets; the Gandharvas; the human beings named Gandharvas; the inhabitants of Gandharva-loka; the inhabitants of Gandharvaloka (appointed singers in the planets of the demigods); the inhabitants of Gandharvaloka; the residents of Gandharvaloka.
—by the denizens of Gandharvaloka; siddhaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigsiddha

the region of the Siddhas.
—the denizens of Siddhaloka; vibudhaiḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigvibudhaiḥ

and by all great learned sages; by such powerful persons; by the demigods; with demigods.
—and by all great learned sages; upagīyamānaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigupagīyamāna

being chanted; being glorified; being praised; being sung; were being glorified.
—were being glorified; karmaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigkarma

karma; according to work; act; action; actions; activities (to support the Daityas); activities; activities being dedicated to You; activities of service to You; activity; activity of life; acts; and activities; and fruitive activities; and work; another activity; by actions; by activities; by fruitive activities; by predestined resultant actions; by wonderful activities, pious activities; by work; duties; duty; fruitive action; fruitive activities; fruitive activity; fruitive desires; fruitive work; in activities; material activities; my deeds; of activities; of fruitive activities; of the activities; one's prescribed activities; pastimes; pastimes, activities; prescribed duties; prescribed duty; reaction of the past; reactionary work; story; such service to the master; the accomplishment; the act; the activities; the activity; the business; the fate of the living entity; the fruits of action; the fruits of activities; the interaction; the objective; the sacrifice; these activities; to such activities; transcendental activity; uncommon deeds; whose transcendental activities; work.
—whose transcendental activities; adbhutamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigadbhutam

a wonder; all-wonderful; and very, very wonderful; and wonderful; as wonderful; certainly very wonderful; extraordinary; it is wonderful; miraculous; this incident is wonderfully astonishing; very wonderful; wonder; wonderful.
—all-wonderful; svaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigsva

by himself; by your own; his; his own; in his own; of one's own; of their own; one's own; own; personal, internal; personal, own; with his wealth.
-bhavanamplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigbhavanam

house; the palace; the whole atmosphere of the house; to the palace.
—to His own abode; garuḍaplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_biggaruḍa

by Garuḍa; of the statue of Garuḍa; the biggest eagle; the Garuḍas.
-āsanaḥplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigasanah

—sitting on the back of Garuḍa; agātplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigagat

accepted; achieved; arrived there; attained; came; came in front of (for the sake of fighting); entered; has almost passed; he obtained; He returned; returned; she went; went; went away; went back; went to.


Upon delivering the King of the elephants from the clutches of the crocodile, and from material existence, which resembles a crocodile, the Lord awarded him the status of sārūpya-mukti. In the presence of the Gandharvas, the Siddhas and the other demigods, who were praising the Lord for His wonderful transcendental activities, the Lord, sitting on the back of His carrier, Garuḍa, returned to His all-wonderful abode and took Gajendra with Him. 


In this verse the word vimokṣya is significant. For a devotee, mokṣa or mukti—salvation—means getting the position of the Lord’s associate. The impersonalists are satisfied to get the liberation of merging in the Brahman effulgence, but for a devotee, mukti (liberation) means not to merge in the effulgence of the Lord, but to be directly promoted to the Vaikuṇṭha planets and to become an associate of the Lord. In this regard, there is a relevant verse in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.14.8): 

tat te ‘nukampāṁ susamīkṣamāṇo
bhuñjāna evātma-kṛtaṁ vipākam
hṛd-vāg-vapurbhir vidadhan namas te
jīveta yo mukti-pade sa dāya-bhāk

“One who seeks Your compassion and thus tolerates all kinds of adverse conditions due to the karma of his past deeds, who engages always in Your devotional service with his mind, words and body, and who always offers obeisances unto You, is certainly a bona fide candidate for liberation.” A devotee who tolerates everything in this material world and patiently executes his devotional service can become mukti-pade sa dāya-bhāk, a bona fide candidate for liberation. The word dāya-bhāk refers to a hereditary right to the Lord’s mercy. A devotee must simply engage in devotional service, not caring about material situations. Then he automatically becomes a rightful candidate for promotion to Vaikuṇṭhaloka. The devotee who renders unalloyed service to the Lord gets the right to be promoted to Vaikuṇṭhaloka, just as a son inherits the property of his father. 

When a devotee gets liberation, he becomes free from material contamination and engages as a servant of the Lord. This is explained in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (2.10.6)plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrīmad Bhāgavatam 2.10.6

The merging of the living entity, along with his conditional living tendency, with the mystic lying down of the Mahā-Viṣṇu is called the winding up of the cosmic manifestation. Liberation is the permanent situation of the form of the living entity after he gives up the changeable gross and subtle material bodies.
: muktir hitvānyathā rūpaṁ svarūpena vyavasthitiḥ. The word svarūpa refers to sārūpya-mukti—going back home, back to Godhead, and remaining the Lord’s eternal associate, having regained a spiritual body exactly resembling that of the Lord, with four hands, holding the śaṅkha, cakra, gadā and padma. The difference between the mukti of the impersonalist and that of the devotee is that the devotee is immediately appointed an eternal servant of the Lord, whereas the impersonalist, although merging in the effulgence of the brahmajyoti, is still insecure and therefore generally falls again to this material world. Āruhya kṛcchreṇa paraṁ padaṁ tataḥ patanty adho ‘nādṛta-yuṣmad-aṅghrayaḥ (SB 10.2.32)plugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigŚrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.2.32

[Someone may say that aside from devotees, who always seek shelter at the Lord's lotus feet, there are those who are not devotees but who have accepted different processes for attaining salvation. What happens to them? In answer to this question, Lord Brahmā and the other demigods said:] O lotus-eyed Lord, although nondevotees who accept severe austerities and penances to achieve the highest position may think themselves liberated, their intelligence is impure. They fall down from their position of imagined superiority because they have no regard for Your lotus feet.
. Although the impersonalist rises to the Brahman effulgence and enters into that effulgence, he has no engagement in the service of the Lord, and therefore he is again attracted to materialistic philanthropic activities. Thus he comes down to open hospitals and educational institutions, feed poor men and perform similar materialistic activities, which the impersonalist thinks are more precious than serving the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Anādṛta-yuṣmad-aṅghrayaḥ. The impersonalists do not think that the service of the Lord is more valuable than serving the poor man or starting a school or hospital. Although they say brahma satyaṁ jagan mithyā—“Brahman is real, and the material world is false”—they are nonetheless very eager to serve the false material world and neglect the service of the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.