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sacrifices. They are generally sensual, and they do not want anything other than the heavenly pleasures of life.
        It is understood that there are gardens called Nandana-kānana in which there is good opportunity for association
        with angelic, beautiful women and having a profuse supply of soma-rasa wine. Such bodily happiness is certainly
        sensual; therefore, there are those who are purely attached to such material, temporary happiness, as lords of
        the material world.” (Bg 2. 42-43 – purport)

        Soma-rasa wine will enhance one’s energy and youthfulness for 10,000 years. It will not give one eternal life.
        Because it prolongs life, it is sometimes said that one becomes immortal. But this is not a fact. The longevity of
        life may seem immortal to less intelligent persons. Even on the upper heavenly planets in the material world
        there is birth and death. Compared to life on the earth planet, the duration of life on the heavenly planets may
        seem to be eternal due to its long duration. Soma-rasa wine is a favorite beverage on the moon served to
        heavenly denizens. The moon is a heavenly planet.
        This is further clarified:

                                            dhūmo rātris tathā kṛṣṇaḥ / ṣaṇ-māsā dakṣiṇāyanam
                                             tatra cāndramasaṁ jyotir / yogī prāpya nivartate

        “The mystic who passes away from this world during the smoke, the night, the fortnight of the waning moon, or
        the six months when the sun passes to the south reaches the moon planet but again comes back.”  ( Bg 8.25)

        Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada explains:

        “In the Third Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam Kapila Muni mentions that those who are expert in fruitive activities
        and sacrificial methods on earth attain to the moon at death. These elevated souls live on the moon for about
        10,000 years (by demigod calculations) and enjoy life by drinking soma-rasa. They eventually return to earth.
        This means that on the moon there are higher classes of living beings, though they may not be perceived by the
        gross senses.”

        There  is  never  a  possibility  of  peace  of  mind  for  those  who  remain  attached  to  temporary  pleasures  and
        possessions. If one dedicates the time and effort to understand the transcendental nature of Lord Krishna, he
        can overcome the cycle of birth and death and attain the eternal abode of the Lord.

                                        janma karma ca me divyam / evaṁ yo vetti tattvataḥ
                                        tyaktvā dehaṁ punar janma / naiti mām eti so ’rjuna

        “One who knows the transcendental nature of My appearance and activities does not, upon leaving the body,
        take his birth again in this material world, but attains My eternal abode, O Arjuna.”  (Bg 4.9)

        The truth of Lord Krishna’s pastimes, His plenary or absolute expansions in the spiritual world and the material
        world, and His avataras in the material world when understood by the devotee confer eternal salvation and
        elevation to the spiritual world. The powerful effect of spiritual knowledge rightfully understood is liberating
        from the cycle of birth and death.

        Recognizing Lord Krishna as the Supreme Beneficiary of all sacrifices is the essential step toward uninterrupted
        peace.  The  sacrifice  performed  in  knowledge  of  Lord  Krishna  is  better  than  the  mere  sacrifice  of  material
        possessions. (Bg 4.33) The purpose behind the process of sacrifices given by Lord Krishna is meant to educate

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