Seeking Krishna to fulfill your Desires
Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 10.72.04 - Seeking Krishna to fulfill your Desires (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Candramauli Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
tvat-paduke aviratam pari ye caranti
dhyayanty abhadra-nasane sucayo grnanti
vindanti te kamala-nabha bhavapavargam
asasate yadi ta asisa isa nanye
Purified persons who constantly serve, meditate upon and glorify Your shoes, which destroy everything inauspicious, are sure to obtain freedom from material existence, O lotus-naveled one. Even if they desire something in this world, they obtain it, whereas others — those who do not take shelter of You — are never satisfied, O Lord.
Srila Prabhupada writes in this connection that liberated, Krsna conscious persons “do not even desire to become freed from this material existence or to enjoy material opulences; their desires are fulfilled by Krsna conscious activities. As far as we [King Yudhisthira] are concerned, we are fully surrendered unto Your lotus feet, and by Your grace we are so fortunate to see You personally. Therefore, naturally we have no desire for material opulences. The verdict of the Vedic wisdom is that You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I want to establish this fact, and I also want to show the world the difference between accepting You as the Supreme Personality of Godhead and accepting You as an ordinary powerful historical person. I wish to show the world that one can attain the highest perfection of life simply by taking shelter at Your lotus feet, exactly as one can satisfy the branches, twigs, leaves and flowers of an entire tree simply by watering the root. Thus, if one takes to Krsna consciousness, his life becomes fulfilled both materially and spiritually.”
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti similarly explains King Yudhisthira’s statement: “We feel no great urgency to perform the Rajasuya sacrifice, nor do we have any personal interest, since we are already seeing Your lotus feet and by Your boundless mercy have been taken into Your personal association. But in this world there are some whose hearts are contaminated and who thus think You are not the Supreme Personality of Godhead but an ordinary man. Or else they find fault with You and even criticize You. This is an arrow piercing our hearts.
“Therefore, to extract this arrow from our heart, we must call to this place — on the pretext of the Rajasuya — Brahma, Rudra and other wise brahmacaris and demigods who reside in each of the fourteen planetary systems. When such an exalted congregation has assembled, it will be incumbent upon them to first arrange for the agra-puja, or the first worship for the most worthy person present. And when they are directly shown that You, Lord Krsna, are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the arrow piercing our heart will be removed.”