Srimad Bhagavatam 10.16.55-56 - Love & dedication of Madhvendra Puri (download mp3), (download flv) & (download mp4)
by Krishna Chandra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
kaliyah sanakair harim
krcchrat samucchvasan dinah
krsnam praha krtañjalih
Kaliya slowly regained his vital force and sensory functions. Then, breathing loudly and painfully, the poor serpent addressed Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in humble submission.
vayam khalah sahotpattya
svabhavo dustyajo natha
lokanam yad asad-grahah
The serpent Kaliya said: Our very birth as a snake has made us envious, ignorant and constantly angry. O my Lord, it is so difficult for people to give up their conditioned nature, by which they identify with that which is unreal.
Srila Sanatana Gosvami points out that because of his wretched condition, Kaliya was unable to compose original prayers to the Lord, and thus he paraphrased some of the prayers offered by his wives. The word asad-graha indicates that a conditioned soul seizes upon impermanent and impure things such as his own body, the bodies of others, and other countless varieties of material sense objects. The ultimate result of such material attachment is frustration, disappointment and anguish — a fact that has now become crystal clear to the poor serpent Kaliya.