Srimad Bhagavatam 11.23.25-28 - Problem Consequences Solution and Ideal Examples (download mp3)
by Srila Haridas Thakur Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
pramattasya vayo balam
kuśalā yena sidhyanti
jaraṭhaḥ kiṁ nu sādhaye
Discriminating persons are able to utilize their money, youth and strength to achieve perfection. But I have feverishly squandered these in the useless endeavor for further wealth. Now that I am an old man, what can I achieve?
kasmāt saṅkliśyate vidvān
kasyacin māyayā nūnaṁ
loko ’yaṁ su-vimohitaḥ
Why must an intelligent man suffer by his constant vain efforts to get wealth? Indeed, this whole world is most bewildered by someone’s illusory potency.
kiṁ dhanair dhana-dair vā kiṁ
kāmair vā kāma-dair uta
karmabhir vota janma-daiḥ
For one who is in the grips of death, what is the use of wealth or those who offer it, sense gratification or those who offer it, or, for that matter, any type of fruitive activity, which simply causes one to again take birth in the material world?
nūnaṁ me bhagavāṁs tuṣṭaḥ
yena nīto daśām etāṁ
nirvedaś cātmanaḥ plavaḥ
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Hari, who contains within Himself all the demigods, must be satisfied with me. Indeed, He has brought me to this suffering condition and forced me to experience detachment, which is the boat to carry me over this ocean of material life.
The brāhmaṇa could understand that the demigods, who award different types of sense gratification as the result of one’s fruitive activities, cannot bestow the highest benefit in life. When the brāhmaṇa lost all his property he could understand that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who comprises all the demigods, had given him the highest perfection, not by awarding sense gratification but by saving him from the ocean of material enjoyment. Being thus deprived of the opportunity to cultivate religiosity, wealth, sense gratification and liberation, the brāhmaṇa became detached, and transcendental knowledge awakened within his heart.