Approach Lord With Love And Devotion

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.07.34-35 - Approach Lord With Love And Devotion (download mp3)
by Candramauli Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 8.7.34
tat tasya te sad-asatoh paratah parasya
nañjah svarupa-gamane prabhavanti bhumnah
brahmadayah kim uta samstavane vayam tu
tat-sarga-sarga-visaya api sakti-matram

Even personalities like Lord Brahma and other demigods cannot understand your position, for you are beyond the moving and nonmoving creation. Since no one can understand you in truth, how can one offer you prayers? It is impossible. As far as we are concerned, we are creatures of Lord Brahma's creation. Under the circumstances, therefore, we cannot offer you adequate prayers, but as far as our ability allows, we have expressed our feelings.

SB 8.7.35
etat param prapasyamo
na param te mahesvara
mrdanaya hi lokasya
vyaktis te 'vyakta-karmanah

O greatest of all rulers, your actual identity is impossible for us to understand. As far as we can see, your presence brings flourishing happiness to everyone. Beyond this, no one can appreciate your activities. We can see this much, and nothing more.

When the demigods offered these prayers to Lord Siva, their inner purpose was to please him so that he would rectify the disturbing situation created by the halahala poison. As stated in Bhagavad-gita (7.20), kamais tais tair hrta jñanah prapadyante 'nya-devatah: when one worships demigods, this is certainly because of deep-rooted desires he wants fulfilled by the mercy of those demigods. People are generally attached to the worship of demigods for some motive.