Srimad Bhagavatam 10.51.48-49 - Pulling out Weeds From our Heart (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Krishna Chandra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
kalevare ’smin ghata-kudya-sannibhe
nirudha-mano nara-deva ity aham
gam paryatams tvaganayan su-durmadah
With deep arrogance I took myself to be the body, which is a material object like a pot or a wall. Thinking myself a god among men, I traveled the earth surrounded by my charioteers, elephants, cavalry, foot soldiers and generals, disregarding You in my deluding pride.
pramattam uccair itikrtya-cintaya
pravrddha-lobham visayesu lalasam
tvam apramattah sahasabhipadyase
ksul-lelihano ’hir ivakhum antakah
A man obsessed with thoughts of what he thinks needs to be done, intensely greedy, and delighting in sense enjoyment is suddenly confronted by You, who are ever alert. Like a hungry snake licking its fangs before a mouse, You appear before him as death.
We may note here the contrast between the words pramattam and apramattah. Those who are trying to exploit the material world are pramatta: “deluded, bewildered, maddened by desire.” But the Lord is apramatta: “alert, sober, and unbewildered.” In our madness we may deny God or His laws, but the Lord is sober and will not fail to reward or punish us according to the quality of our activities.