Aspire for Nothing less than Pure Devotional Service

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.51.54-56 - Aspire for Nothing less than Pure Devotional Service (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Candramauli Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.51.54
manye mamanugraha isa te krto
 rajyanubandhapagamo yadrcchaya
yah prarthyate sadhubhir eka-caryaya
 vanam viviksadbhir akhanda-bhumi-paih

My Lord, I think You have shown me mercy, since my attachment to my kingdom has spontaneously ceased. Such freedom is prayed for by saintly rulers of vast empires who desire to enter the forest for a life of solitude.

SB 10.51.55
na kamaye ’nyam tava pada-sevanad
 akiñcana-prarthyatamad varam vibho
aradhya kas tvam hy apavarga-dam hare
 vrnita aryo varam atma-bandhanam

O all-powerful one, I desire no boon other than service to Your lotus feet, the boon most eagerly sought by those free of material desire. O Hari, what enlightened person who worships You, the giver of liberation, would choose a boon that causes his own bondage?

The Lord offered Mucukunda anything he desired, but Mucukunda desired only the Lord. This is pure Krsna consciousness.

SB 10.51.56
tasmad visrjyasisa isa sarvato
nirañjanam nirgunam advayam param
 tvam jñapti-matram purusam vrajamy aham

Therefore, O Lord, having put aside all objects of material desire, which are bound to the modes of passion, ignorance and goodness, I am approaching You, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, for shelter. You are not covered by mundane designations; rather, You are the Supreme Absolute Truth, full in pure knowledge and transcendental to the material modes.

The word nirgunam here indicates that the Lord’s existence is beyond the qualities of material nature. One might argue that Lord Krsna’s body is made of material nature, but here the word advayam refutes that argument. There is no duality in Lord Krsna’s existence. His eternal, spiritual body is Krsna, and Krsna is God.e. His eternal, spiritual body is Kṛṣṇa, and Kṛṣṇa is God.