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Bhagavad-Gita Chapter 15, Verse 11

Chapter 15: The Yoga of the Supreme Person
Verse: 11
yatanto yoginas cainam
pasyanty atmany avasthitam
yatanto 'py akritatmano
nainam pasyanty acetasah

Translation:
The endeavoring transcendentalists, who are situated in self-realization, can see all this clearly. But those whose minds are not developed and who are not situated in self-realization cannot see what is taking place, though they may try to.

Explanation:
The Lord elaborates on the point that one can only see the soul with the eyes of knowledge. The gross materialist, who simply rely on their blunt senses have already been excluded. Now, even those who are aspiring transcendalists, but of impure heart are excluded. Srila Prabhupada talks about such men. "In the present day there are many so-called yogis, and there are many so-called associations of yogis, but they are actually blind in the matter of self-realization. They are simply addicted to some sort of gymnastic exercise and are satisfied if the body is well built and healthy. They have no other information. They are called yatanto �py akritatmanah. Even though they are endeavoring in a so-called yoga system, they are not self-realized. Such people cannot understand the process of the transmigration of the soul."

Thus only those who are well situated in their realization, in terms of Krishna, their own position, the importance of submitting to a spiritual master and serving with humility can see clearly. So powerful is this process, that even when they are "endeavoring" (not yet perfected), it gives them full understanding of the soul and its relationship with the material body and the Lord.

Please read the Sanskrit Verse and the Prabhupada's Purport.


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