Truth of the Material world

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.57-58 - Truth of the Material world (download mp3)
by Radhika Vallabha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.14.57
sarvesam api vastunam
 bhavartho bhavati sthitah
tasyapi bhagavan krsnah
 kim atad vastu rupyatam

The original, unmanifested form of material nature is the source of all material things, and the source of even that subtle material nature is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna. What, then, could one ascertain to be separate from Him?

SB 10.14.58
samasrita ye pada-pallava-plavam
 mahat-padam punya-yaso murareh
bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam
 padam padam yad vipadam na tesam

For those who have accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Murari, the enemy of the Mura demon, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf’s hoof-print. Their goal is param padam, Vaikuntha, the place where there are no material miseries, not the place where there is danger at every step.

This translation is taken from Srila Prabhupada’s commentary on the Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Chapter Two, text 51.

According to Srila Sridhara Svami, this verse summarizes the knowledge presented in this section of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Lord Krsna’s lotus feet are described as pallava, flower buds, because they are most tender and of a pinkish hue. According to Srila Sanatana Gosvami, the word pallava also indicates that Lord Krsna’s lotus feet are just like desire trees, which can fulfill all the desires of the Lord’s pure devotees. Even exalted devotees like Sri Narada, who are themselves the great shelter for the conditioned souls in this universe, personally take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krsna. Thus it is natural that when Lord Krsna manifested Himself as all the young boys and calves of Vrndavana, their parents were more attracted to them than previously. Lord Krsna is the reservoir of all pleasure and, being all-attractive, the ultimate object of everyone’s love.