Uniqueness of Spiritual Love

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.60.38 - Uniqueness of Spiritual Love (download mp3)
by Jagannath Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.60.38
tvam vai samasta-purusartha-mayah phalatma
 yad-vaƱchaya su-matayo visrjanti krtsnam
tesam vibho samucito bhavatah samajah
 pumsah striyas ca ratayoh sukha-duhkhinor na

You are the embodiment of all human goals and are Yourself the final aim of life. Desiring to attain You, O all-powerful Lord, intelligent persons abandon everything else. It is they who are worthy of Your association, not men and women absorbed in the pleasure and grief resulting from their mutual lust.

Here Queen Rukmini refutes Lord Krsna’s statement in text 15:

yayor atma-samam vittam
 janmaisvaryakrtir bhavah
tayor vivaho maitri ca
 nottamadhamayoh kvacit

“Marriage and friendship are proper between two people who are equal in terms of their wealth, birth, influence, physical appearance and capacity for good progeny, but never between a superior and an inferior.” In fact, only those who have given up all such material conceptions of sense gratification and have taken exclusively to the Lord’s loving service can understand who their real friend and companion is — Lord Sri Krsna Himself.