Devotee's Outlook towards Material Opulence
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.74.05 - Devotee's Outlook towards Material Opulence (download mp3)
by Pradyumna Mishra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
na vai te ’jita bhaktanam
mamaham iti madhava
tvam taveti ca nana-dhih
pasunam iva vaikrti
O unconquerable Madhava, even Your devotees make no distinctions of “I” and “mine,” “you” and “yours,” for this is the perverted mentality of animals.
An ordinary person thinks, “I am so attractive, intelligent and wealthy that people should simply serve me and do what I want. Why should I obey anyone else?” This proud, separatist mentality is also found in animals who battle one another for supremacy. Such a mentality is conspicuously absent in the mind of an advanced devotee, and it is certainly absent in the sublime, omniscient mind of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.