smaratÄá¹ há¹di vinyasya
Ätma-jyotir agÄt tataá¸¥
smaratÄm - of persons who always think of Him; há¹di - in the core of the heart; vinyasya - placing; viddham - pierced; daá¹á¸aka-kaá¹á¹akaiá¸¥ - by thorns in the forest of Daá¹á¸akÄraá¹ya (while Lord RÄmacandra was living there); sva-pÄda-pallavam - the petals of Mis lotus feet; rÄmaá¸¥ - Lord RÄmacandra; Ätma-jyotiá¸¥ - the rays of His bodily luster, known as the brahmajyoti; agÄt - entered; tataá¸¥ - beyond the brahmajyoti, or in His own Vaikuá¹á¹ha planet.
The lotus feet of the Lord are always a subject matter for meditation for devotees. Sometimes when Lord RÄmacandra wandered in the forest of Daá¹á¸akÄraá¹ya, thorns pricked His lotus feet. The devotees, upon thinking of this, would faint. The Lord does not feel pain or pleasure from any action or reaction of this material world, but the devotees cannot tolerate even the pricking of the Lordâs lotus feet by a thorn. This was the attitude of the gopÄ«s when they thought of Ká¹á¹£á¹a wandering in the forest, with pebbles and grains of sand pricking His lotus feet. This tribulation in the heart of a devotee cannot be understood by karmÄ«s, jÃ±ÄnÄ«s or yogÄ«s. The devotees, who could not tolerate even thinking of the Lordâs lotus feet being pricked by a thorn, were again put into tribulation by thinking of the Lordâs disappearance, for the Lord had to return to His abode after finishing His pastimes in this material world.
The word Ätma-jyotiá¸¥ is significant. The brahmajyoti, which is greatly appreciated by jÃ±ÄnÄ«s, or monistic philosophers who desire to enter it for liberation, is nothing but the rays of the Lordâs body.
yasya prabhÄ prabhavato jagad-aá¹á¸a-koá¹i-
tad brahma niá¹£kalam anantam aÅeá¹£a-bhÅ«taá¹
govindam Ädi-puruá¹£aá¹ tam ahaá¹ bhajÄmi
âI worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is endowed with great power. The glowing effulgence of His transcendental form is the impersonal Brahman, which is absolute, complete and unlimited and which displays the varieties of countless planets, with their different opulences, in millions and millions of universes.â (Brahma-samhitÄ 5.40) The brahmajyoti is the beginning of the spiritual world, and beyond the brahmajyoti are the Vaikuá¹á¹ha planets. In other words, the brahmajyoti stays outside the Vaikuá¹á¹ha planets, just as the sunshine stays outside the sun. To enter the sun planet, one must go through the sunshine. Similarly, when the Lord or His devotees enter the Vaikuá¹á¹ha planets, they go through the brahmajyoti. The jÃ±ÄnÄ«s, or monistic philosophers, because of their impersonal conception of the Lord, cannot enter the Vaikuá¹á¹ha planets, but they also cannot stay eternally in the brahmajyoti. Thus after some time they fall again to this material world. Äruhya ká¹cchreá¹a paraá¹ padaá¹ tataá¸¥ patanty adhoÂ ânÄdá¹ta-yuá¹£mad-aá¹ ghrayaá¸¥ (BhÄg. 10.2.32). The Vaikuá¹á¹ha planets are covered by the brahmajyoti, and therefore one cannot properly understand what those Vaikuá¹á¹ha planets are unless one is a pure devotee.