Srimad Bhagavatam 10.63.43 - Analysing the Topmost Quality of Prema Vashyata In Krishna (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Sridama Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
aham brahmatha vibudha
sarvatmana prapannas tvam
atmanam prestham isvaram
I, Lord Brahma, the other demigods and the pure-minded sages have all surrendered wholeheartedly unto You, our dearmost Self and Lord.
tam tva jagat-sthity-udayanta-hetum
samam prasantam suhrd-atma-daivam
ananyam ekam jagad-atma-ketam
bhavapavargaya bhajama devam
Let us worship You, the Supreme Lord, to be freed from material life. You are the maintainer of the universe and the cause of its creation and demise. Equipoised and perfectly at peace, You are the true friend, Self and worshipable Lord. You are one without a second, the shelter of all the worlds and all souls.
Srila Sridhara Svami states that the Lord is a true friend because He sets one’s proper intelligence into motion if one desires to know the truth about God and the soul. Srila Jiva Gosvami and Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti both emphasize that the term bhavapavargaya indicates the highest liberation of pure love of Godhead, characterized by unalloyed devotional service unto the Lord.
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti also explains that the Supreme Lord is samam, “perfectly objective and balanced,” whereas other living beings, having an incomplete grasp of reality, cannot be perfectly objective. Those who surrender unto the Lord also become fully objective by taking shelter of His supreme consciousness.