Srimad Bhagavatam 11.30.07-12 - Bhakti is the Process to Exhibit Love for Krishna (download mp3)
by Radha Gopinath Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
There we should bathe for purification, fast, and fix our minds in meditation. We should then worship the demigods by bathing their images, anointing them with sandalwood pulp, and presenting them various offerings.
brāhmaṇāṁs tu mahā-bhāgān
After performing the expiatory rituals with the help of greatly fortunate brāhmaṇas, we will worship those brāhmaṇas by offering them cows, land, gold, clothing, elephants, horses, chariots and dwelling places.
vidhir eṣa hy ariṣṭa-ghno
bhūteṣu paramo bhavaḥ
This is indeed the appropriate process for counteracting our imminent adversity, and it is sure to bring about the highest good fortune. Such worship of the demigods, brāhmaṇas and cows can earn the highest birth for all living entities.
iti sarve samākarṇya
tatheti naubhir uttīrya
prabhāsaṁ prayayū rathaiḥ
Having heard these words from Lord Kṛṣṇa, the enemy of Madhu, the elders of the Yadu dynasty gave their assent, saying, “So be it.” After crossing over the ocean in boats, they proceeded on chariots to Prabhāsa.
cakruḥ paramayā bhaktyā
There, with great devotion, the Yādavas performed the religious ceremonies according to the instructions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, their personal Lord. They also performed various other auspicious rituals.
tatas tasmin mahā-pānaṁ
papur maireyakaṁ madhu
yad-dravair bhraśyate matiḥ
Then, their intelligence covered by Providence, they liberally indulged in drinking the sweet maireya beverage, which can completely intoxicate the mind.
The word diṣṭa here indicates the desire of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In the First Chapter of this canto, “The Curse upon the Yadu Dynasty,” this incident is elaborately explained.