Are the Liberated souls inactive? If active, Should they too read the Pastimes of the Lord?

Are the Liberated souls inactive? If active, Should they too read the Pastimes of the Lord?

Should a Liberated soul has no need to read the pastimes of the Lord? Who should read the Pastimes of the Lord? 


“The pastimes of the Lord are generally heard and relished by liberated souls. Those who are conditioned souls are interested in reading fictional stories of the material activities of some common man.

Narrations describing the transcendental activities of the Lord are found in Srimad-Bhagavatam and other Puranas. But the conditioned souls still prefer to study ordinary narrations. They are not so interested in

studying the narrations of the pastimes of the Lord, Krsna. And yet the descriptions or the pastimes of Lord Krsna are so attractive that they are relishable for all classes of men. 

There are three classes of men in this world. 

One class consists of liberated souls, another consists of  those who are trying to be liberated, and the third consists of  materialistic men. 

Whether one is liberated or is trying to be liberated, or is even grossly materialistic, the pastimes of Lord Krsna are worth studying.”

“Liberated souls have no interest in materialistic activities. The impersonalist theory that after liberation one becomes inactive and needs hear nothing does not prove that a liberated person is actually inactive. 

A living soul cannot be inactive. He is either active in the conditioned state or in the liberated state. 

Diseased person, for example, is also active, but his activities are all painful. 

The same person, when freed from the diseased condition, is still active, but in the healthy condition the activities are full of pleasure. 

Similarly, the impersonalists manage to get freed from the diseased conditional activities, but they have no information of activities in the healthy condition. 

Those who are actually liberated and in full knowledge take to hearing the activities of Krsna; such engagement is pure spiritual activity.”


It is essential for persons who are actually liberated to hear about the pastimes of Krsna. That is the supreme relishable subject matter for one in the liberated state. 

Also, if persons who are trying to be liberated hear such narrations as Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, then their path of liberation becomes very clear. 

Bhagavad gita  is the preliminary study of Srimad-Bhagavatam. By studying the Gita, one becomes fully conscious of the position of Lord Krsna; and when he is situated at the lotus feet of Krsna, he understands the narrations of Krsna as described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. 

Lord Caitanya has therefore advised His followers that their business is to propagate krsna-katha.”