puruá¹£aá¸¥ - any person; rÄma-caritam - the narration concerning the activities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord RÄmacandra; Åravaá¹aiá¸¥ - by aural reception; upadhÄrayan - simply by this process of hearing; Äná¹Åaá¹sya-paraá¸¥ - becomes completely free from envy; rÄjan - O King ParÄ«ká¹£it; karma-bandhaiá¸¥ - by the bondage of fruitive activities; vimucyate - one becomes liberated.
Here in this material world, everyone is envious of someone else. Even in religious life, it is sometimes found that if one devotee has advanced in spiritual activities, other devotees are envious of him. Such envious devotees are not completely freed from the bondage of birth and death. As long as one is not completely free from the cause of birth and death, one cannot enter the sanÄtana-dhÄma or the eternal pastimes of the Lord. One becomes envious because of being influenced by the designations of the body, but the liberated devotee has nothing to do with the body, and therefore he is completely on the transcendental platform. A devotee is never envious of anyone, even his enemy. Because the devotee knows that the Lord is his supreme protector, he thinks, âWhat harm can the so-called enemy do?â Thus a devotee is confident about his protection. The Lord says, ye yathÄ mÄá¹ prapadyante tÄá¹s tathaiva bhajÄmy aham: âAccording to the proportion of oneâs surrender unto Me, I respond accordingly.â A devotee must therefore be completely free from envy, especially of other devotees. To envy other devotees is a great offense, a vaiá¹£á¹ava-aparÄdha. A devotee who constantly engages in hearing and chanting (Åravaá¹a-kÄ«rtana) is certainly freed from the disease of envy, and thus he becomes eligible to go back home, back to Godhead.