End of Search for Happiness

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.47.58 - End of Search for Happiness (download mp3)
by Mukundamala Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.47.58
etah param tanu-bhrto bhuvi gopa-vadhvo
 govinda eva nikhilatmani rudha-bhavah
vaƱchanti yad bhava-bhiyo munayo vayam ca
 kim brahma-janmabhir ananta-katha-rasasya

[Uddhava sang:] Among all persons on earth, these cowherd women alone have actually perfected their embodied lives, for they have achieved the perfection of unalloyed love for Lord Govinda. Their pure love is hankered after by those who fear material existence, by great sages, and by ourselves as well. For one who has tasted the narrations of the infinite Lord, what is the use of taking birth as a high-class brahmana, or even as Lord Brahma himself?

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti explains that here the term brahma-janmabhih, “brahminical births,” refers to the threefold birth by (1) seminal parenthood, (2) sacred-thread initiation and (3) sacrificial initiation. These cannot compare to pure Krsna consciousness.