Srimad Bhagavatam 11.08.34-35 - What is the Meaning of Real Surrender (download mp3)
by Deen Gauranga Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
videhanam pure hy asminn
aham ekaiva mudha-dhih
yanyam icchanty asaty asmad
atma-dat kamam acyutat
Certainly in this city of Videha I alone am completely foolish. I neglected the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who awards us everything, even our original spiritual form, and instead I desired to enjoy sense gratification with many men.
suhrt presthatamo natha
atma cayam saririnam
rame ’nena yatha rama
The Supreme Personality of Godhead is absolutely the most dear one for all living beings because He is everyone’s well-wisher and Lord. He is the Supreme Soul situated in everyone’s heart. Therefore I will now pay the price of complete surrender, and thus purchasing the Lord I will enjoy with Him just like Laksmidevi.
The real friend of all conditioned souls is the Supreme Lord, and only He can award the highest perfection in life. By following the example of Laksmidevi, who always remains at the lotus feet of the Lord, one will certainly obtain eternal happiness. One should make the best use of the material body, which is a bad bargain, and surrender one’s body, mind and words to the Lord. Paying such a price, one can purchase the Lord, who is everyone’s dearmost well-wisher. Thus one’s ancient propensity for sense gratification will automatically be controlled.