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CC Adi-lila 04.208 - SB 09.04.67
SB Canto 9
My devotees, who are always satisfied to be engaged in My loving service, are not interested even in the four principles of liberation (sālokya, sārūpya, sāmīpya and sārṣṭi), although these are automatically achieved by their service. What then is to be said of such perishable happiness as elevation to the higher planetary systems?
Śrīla Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura has estimated the value of liberation as follows:
- muktiḥ svayaṁ mukulitāñjaliḥ sevate 'smān
- dharmārtha-kāma-gatayaḥ samaya-pratīkṣāḥ
Bilvamaṅgala Ṭhākura realized that if one develops his natural devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, mukti stands before him with folded hands to offer all kinds of service. In other words, the devotee is already liberated. There is no need for him to aspire for different types of liberation. The pure devotee automatically achieves liberation, even without desiring it.
"My devotees, having fulfilled their desires by serving Me, do not accept the four kinds of salvation that are easily earned by such service. Why then should they accept any pleasures that are lost in the course of time?"
This verse from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (9.4.67) was spoken by the Lord in connection with the characteristics of Mahārāja Ambarīṣa. Merging into the existence of the Absolute is as temporary as living in the celestial kingdom. Both of them are controlled by time; neither position is permanent.