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CC Madhya 21.54

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


ei tina dhāmera haya kṛṣṇa adhīśvara
goloka-paravyoma—prakṛtira para


ei tina dhāmera—of these three dhāmas, or residential places, namely Goloka Vṛndāvana-dhāma, Vaikuṇṭha-dhāma (Hari-dhāma) and Devī-dhāma (the material world); haya—is; kṛṣṇa—Lord Kṛṣṇa; adhīśvara—the supreme master; goloka-paravyoma—the spiritual planet Goloka and the spiritual sky; prakṛtira para—beyond this material energy.


“Kṛṣṇa is the supreme proprietor of all dhāmas, including Goloka-dhāma, Vaikuṇṭha-dhāma and Devī-dhāma. The paravyoma and Goloka-dhāma are beyond Devī-dhāma, this material world.


When a living entity is liberated from Devī-dhāma but does not know of the opulence of Hari-dhāma, he is placed in Maheśa-dhāma, which is between the other two dhāmas. The liberated soul does not get an opportunity to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead there; therefore although this Maheśa-dhāma is Lord Śiva’s dhāma and above Devī-dhāma, it is not the spiritual world. The spiritual world begins with Hari-dhāma, or Vaikuṇṭhaloka.