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Title: self-realization, liberation and bhakti

User: MatusDate: 2005-10-06 18:28:13

 

Our Dear Swami Gaurangapada,

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

 

Please accept my humble obeisances.

 

I would like to ask You the following questions:

 

1. What is the difference between self-realization and liberation? And what is the relation between them?

2. If it is said that the path of bhakti is means as well as destination, where are the self-realization and liberation on our way towards perfection situated?

3. Is it necesary to become self-realized to be able to enter the Kingdom of Godhead after we leave our material body?

 

Thank You very very much

Remaining with humble greetings and rememberance

Your servant,

Matus

 

Title: Re: self-realization, liberation and bhakti

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-28 08:57:49

 

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams! :pranams: and Blessings! :bless:

 

1. Self-Realization has many levels but the basic level of self-realization that is to realize we are not this body but spirit soul is a preliminary requirement and qualification for all the five kinds of liberation.

 

2. Real bhakti starts after one rises over the brahma-bhuta liberation platform as described in the Gita.

 

3. Without self-realization, there can be no God realization and without God realization, one cannot enter the eternal Kingdom of God.