Real Artha Servant of the Servant of Servants

SB 10.51.45 - Real Artha Servant of the Servant of Servants (download mp3)(download flv) and (download mp4)
by Radhanath Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.51.45
sri-mucukunda uvaca
vimohito ’yam jana isa mayaya
 tvadiyaya tvam na bhajaty anartha-drk
sukhaya duhkha-prabhavesu sajjate
 grhesu yosit purusas ca vañcitah

Sri Mucukunda said: O Lord, the people of this world, both men and women, are bewildered by Your illusory energy. Unaware of their real benefit, they do not worship You but instead seek happiness by entangling themselves in family affairs, which are actually sources of misery.

Mucukunda immediately makes it clear that he is not going to ask the Lord for material blessings. He has advanced, spiritually, far beyond those who try to exploit religion for all kinds of material benefits. Artha means “value,” and the negation of this word, anartha, means “that which is valueless or useless.” Thus the term anartha-drk indicates those whose vision is focused on valueless things, who have not understood what actual artha, or value, is. All that glitters is not gold, and Mucukunda here emphatically states that we should not ruin our spiritual chances by entangling ourselves in the fool’s gold of bodily relationships. We are meant to love the Lord.