So it can be done in one second. —SP

January 4, 2023 in Articles by Damaghosa dasa

June 8 1976 LA conversations

Guest: Is it possible for one to know how many lifetimes it takes to reach spiritual perfection?
Prabhupāda: Immediately, he can take. Provided that he accepts. Just like Kṛṣṇa says, sarvadharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaraṇaṁ vraja [Bg. 18.66]. Find out this verse. Ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi  śucaḥ.
Hṛdayānanda: “Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reaction. Do not fear.”
Prabhupāda: So, when you are free from sinful life and the reaction of sinful life, then you are immediately on the spiritual platform. So here Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He assures that “You simply surrender unto Me, and I immediately excuse you for all your sinful life.” So it can be done in one second. It doesn’t take much time. One second. He says “immediately.” But we don’t want that, that is the difficulty. Read the purport.
BG 7.28–Persons who have acted piously in previous lives and in this life, whose sinful actions are completely eradicated and who are freed from the duality of delusion, engage themselves in My service with determination.
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