Pure Devotional Service is Ultimate Goal

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.07.31-32 - Pure Devotional Service is Ultimate Goal (download mp3)
by Guru Prasad Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 11.7.31
sri-bhagavan uvaca
yadunaivam maha-bhago
 brahmanyena su-medhasa
prstah sabhajitah praha
 prasrayavanatam dvijah

Lord Krsna continued: The intelligent King Yadu, always respectful to the brahmanas, waited with bowed head as the brahmana, pleased with the King’s attitude, began to reply.

SB 11.7.32
sri-brahmana uvaca
santi me guravo rajan
 bahavo buddhy-upasritah
yato buddhim upadaya
 mukto ’tamiha tan srnu

The brahmana said: My dear King, with my intelligence I have taken shelter of many spiritual masters. Having gained transcendental understanding from them, I now wander about the earth in a liberated condition. Please listen as I describe them to you.

The word buddhy-upasritah in this verse indicates that the brahmana’s spiritual masters did not directly speak to him. Instead, he learned from them by his intelligence. All living entities who are inimical to Lord Krsna glorify useless material things and spend their lives trying to lord it over the material objects they falsely worship. Thus the conditioned souls try to increase their duration of life, as well as their fame and beauty, by means of mundane religiosity, economic development and gross sense gratification. King Yadu noticed that the saintly avadhuta did not behave like that. Therefore the King was inquisitive to find out the actual situation of the brahmana. In reply to the King the saintly brahmana states, “I do not consider the twenty-four elements of the physical world as objects of my sense gratification, and therefore I don’t consider accepting or rejecting them. Rather, I accept the material elements as my instructing spiritual masters. Thus, even though wandering throughout the material world, I am never bereft of service to the guru. Taking shelter of steady intelligence, I travel about the earth constantly engaged on the transcendental platform. By intelligence I transcend useless desires, and my ultimate goal is the loving devotional service of the Lord. Now I shall explain to you about my twenty-four spiritual masters.”

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