Srimad Bhagavatam 12.10.33-34 - What Blessing to ask from Pure Devotee (download mp3)
by Sridama Sakha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
kaṁ vṛṇe nu paraṁ bhūman
varaṁ tvad vara-darśanāt
satya-kāmaḥ pumān bhavet
O all-pervading lord, since I have received the benediction of seeing you, what other benediction can I ask for? Simply by seeing you, a person fulfills all his desires and can achieve anything imaginable.
varam ekaṁ vṛṇe ’thāpi
bhagavaty acyutāṁ bhaktiṁ
tat-pareṣu tathā tvayi
But I do request one benediction from you, who are full of all perfection and able to shower down the fulfillment of all desires. I ask to have unfailing devotion for the Supreme Personality of Godhead and for His dedicated devotees, especially you.
The words tat-pareṣu tathā tvayi clearly indicate that Lord Śiva is a devotee of the Supreme Lord, not the Supreme Lord Himself. Because the representative of God is offered the same protocol as God Himself, Mārkaṇḍeya Ṛṣi addressed Lord Śiva as “lord” in previous verses. But now it is clearly revealed that, as stated throughout Vedic literature, Lord Śiva is an eternal servant of God and not God Himself.
Desire manifests itself within the mind and heart according to the subtle laws governing consciousness. Pure desire to engage in the loving service of the Lord brings one to the most exalted platform of consciousness, and such a perfect understanding of life is available only by the special mercy of the Lord’s devotees.