Guṇān, these guṇa, samatītya, samyag-rūpeṇa atītya, perfectly overcoming. Sa guṇān samatītyaitān brahma-bhūyāya kalpate. Immediately he is situated in the Brahman platform. So ātmā is nirguṇa. Nirguṇa stage means when you are engaged in devotional service, that is your nirguṇa stage. Devotional service is nirguṇa. All other services or activities . . . we are rendering service. Either you are rendering service in office, or to your family, or to your cat, or to your dog, or to your government, or to your society—you must be giving some service. There is no escape. But that is saguṇa service, under these material laws. So you have to give nirguṇa service. If you give nirguṇa, then you become nirguṇa.
Then what is that nirguṇa? When you render service to Kṛṣṇa.
- māṁ ca 'vyabhicāreṇa
- bhakti-yogena yaḥ sevate
- sa guṇān samatītyaitān
- brahma-bhūyāya kalpate
- (BG 14.26)
It is not difficult at all. You can become immediately nirguṇa as soon as you engage in the service of the Lord. And so long you keep yourself in that position, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, you remain nirguṇa. Mām eva ye prapadyante māyām etāṁ taranti te (BG 7.14). Saguṇa means māyā. Kṛṣṇa says, mām eva ye prapadyante: "One who surrenders to Me," māyām etāṁ taranti, "no māyā touching; no in contamination of māyā." Māyām etāṁ taranti. There is nirguṇa. Nirguṇa means be engaged in the devotional . . . loving devotional service of Kṛṣṇa. That is . . . then you are svarūpa-darśana, ātma-darśana. That is your ātma-darśana, nirguṇa. Prakṛteḥ para. As Kṛṣṇa is prakṛteḥ para . . . prakṛteḥ . . . prakṛti means this material world, and para means transcendental. So prakṛteḥ para. You cannot serve Kṛṣṇa unless you also become prakṛteḥ parḥ, not within this material world.