Srimad Bhagavatam 10.85.16-18 - Role of Emotions in Krishna Consciousness (download mp3)
by Adi Keshav Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yadrcchaya nrtam prapya
su-kalpam iha durlabham
svarthe pramattasya vayo
By good fortune a soul may obtain a healthy human life — an opportunity rarely achieved. But if he is nonetheless deluded about what is best for him, O Lord, Your illusory Maya will cause him to waste his entire life.
asav aham mamaivaite
bhavan sarvam idam jagat
You keep this whole world bound up by the ropes of affection, and thus when people consider their material bodies, they think, “This is me,” and when they consider their progeny and other relations, they think, “These are mine.”
yuvam na nah sutau saksat
avatirnau tathattha ha
You are not our sons but the very Lords of both material nature and its creator [Maha-Visnu]. As You Yourself have told us, You have descended to rid the earth of the rulers who are a heavy burden upon her.
According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti, in this verse Vasudeva offers himself and his wife as excellent examples of those who are materially deluded. Although at the time of His birth in Kamsa’s prison Lord Krsna told Vasudeva and Devaki that His mission was to rid the earth of unwanted ksatriyas, still His two parents could not avoid thinking of Him as their helpless son who needed protection from King Kamsa. In reality, of course, both Vasudeva and Devaki were participating in the divine pastime of the Lord’s birth under the perfect direction of His internal energy; only out of transcendental humility does Vasudeva criticize himself in this way.