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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,



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.