Material Topics Versus Spiritual Topics

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.80.01-02 - Material Topics Versus Spiritual Topics (download mp3)
by Jayadvaita Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.80.1
bhagavan yani canyani
 mukundasya mahatmanah
viryany ananta-viryasya
 srotum icchami he prabho

King Pariksit said: My lord, O master, I wish to hear about other valorous deeds performed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Mukunda, whose valor is unlimited.

SB 10.80.2
ko nu srutvasakrd brahmann
virameta visesa-jño
 visannah kama-marganaih

O brahmana, how could anyone who knows the essence of life and is disgusted with endeavoring for sense gratification give up the transcendental topics of Lord Uttamahsloka after hearing them repeatedly?

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti comments herein that we see many persons who, even after hearing the topics of the Lord repeatedly, give up their spiritual dedication. The acarya replies that the word visesa-jña is therefore significant here. Those who have actually understood the essence of life do not give up Krsna consciousness. A further qualification is to be visannah kama-marganaih, disgusted with material sense gratification. These two qualities are complementary. One who has experienced the real taste of Krsna consciousness automatically becomes disgusted with the inferior taste of material pleasure. Such a genuine hearer of the topics of Krsna cannot give up hearing about the Lord’s fascinating pastimes.