Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 85: Lord Kṛṣṇa Instructs Vasudeva and Retrieves Devakī's Sons

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.85.19

tat te gato 'smy araṇam adya padāravindam

āpanna-saḿsṛti-bhayāpaham ārta-bandho

etāvatālam alam indriya-lālasena

martyātma-dṛk tvayi pare yad apatya-buddhiḥ


tat — therefore; te — Your; gataḥ — come; asmiI am; araṇam — for shelter; adya — today; pāda-aravindamto the lotus feet; āpanna — for those who have surrendered; saḿsṛti — of material entanglement; bhaya — the fear; apaham — which remove; ārta — of the distressed; bandhoO friend; etāvatā — this much; alam alam — enough, enough; indriya — for sense enjoyment; lālasena — with hankering; martyaas mortal (the material body); ātma — myself; dṛk — whose seeing; tvayi — toward You; pare — the Supreme; yat — because of which (hankering); apatya — (of Your being my) child; buddhiḥ — the mentality.


Therefore, O friend of the distressed, I now approach Your lotus feet for shelter — the same lotus feet that dispel all fear of worldly existence for those who have surrendered to them. Enough! Enough with hankering for sense enjoyment, which makes me identify with this mortal body and think of You, the Supreme, as my child.


Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī suggests that Vasudeva condemns himself here for thinking of trying to gain special opulences because he is the father of the Supreme Lord. Thus Vasudeva contrasts himself with Nanda, the King of Vraja, who was satisfied with pure love of God and nothing else.

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