Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 9: Appearance of the Demon Vṛtrāsura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.9.39

atha ha vāva tava mahimāmṛta-rasa-samudra-vipruṣā sakṛd avalīḍhayā sva-manasi niṣyandamānānavarata-sukhena vismārita-dṛṣṭa-śruta-viṣaya-sukha-leśābhāsāḥ parama-bhāgavatā ekāntino bhagavati sarva-bhūta-priya-suhṛdi sarvātmani nitarāḿ nirantaraḿ nirvṛta-manasaḥ katham u ha ete madhumathana punaḥ svārtha-kuśalā hy ātma-priya-suhṛdaḥ sādhavas tvac-caraṇāmbujānusevāḿ visṛjanti na yatra punar ayaḿ saḿsāra-paryāvartaḥ

SYNONYMS

atha ha — therefore; vāva — indeed; tava — Your; mahima — of glories; amṛta — of the nectar; rasa — of the mellow; samudra — of the ocean; vipruṣā — by a drop; sakṛt — only once; avalīḍhayā — tasted; sva-manasiin his mind; niṣyandamāna — flowing; anavarata — continuously; sukhena — by the transcendental bliss; vismārita — forgotten; dṛṣṭa — from material sight; śruta — and sound; viṣaya-sukha — of the material happiness; leśa-ābhāsāḥ — the dim reflection of a tiny portion; parama-bhāgavatāḥ — great, exalted devotees; ekāntinaḥ — who have faith only in the Supreme Lord and nothing else; bhagavatiin the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sarva-bhūtato all living entities; priya — who is dearmost; suhṛdi — the friend; sarva-ātmani — the Supersoul of all; nitarām — completely; nirantaram — continuously; nirvṛta — with happiness; manasaḥ — those whose minds; katham — how; u ha — then; — or; ete — these; madhu-mathanaO killer of the Madhu demon; punaḥ — again; sva-artha-kuśalāḥ — who are expert in the interest of life; hi — indeed; ātma-priya-suhṛdaḥ — who have accepted You as the Supersoul, dearmost lover and friend; sādhavaḥ — the devotees; tvat-caraṇa-ambuja-anusevām — service to the lotus feet of Your Lordship; visṛjanti — can give up; na — not; yatra — wherein; punaḥ — again; ayam — this; saḿsāra-paryāvartaḥ — repetition of birth and death within the material world.

TRANSLATION

Therefore, O killer of the Madhu demon, incessant transcendental bliss flows in the minds of those who have even once tasted but a drop of the nectar from the ocean of Your glories. Such exalted devotees forget the tiny reflection of so-called material happiness produced from the material senses of sight and sound. Free from all desires, such devotees are the real friends of all living entities. Offering their minds unto You and enjoying transcendental bliss, they are expert in achieving the real goal of life. O Lord, You are the soul and dear friend of such devotees, who never need return to this material world. How could they give up engagement in Your devotional service?

PURPORT

Although nondevotees, because of their meager knowledge and speculative habits, cannot understand the real nature of the Lord, a devotee who has once tasted the nectar from the Lord's lotus feet can realize what transcendental pleasure there is in the Lord's devotional service. A devotee knows that simply by rendering service to the Lord, he serves everyone. Therefore devotees are real friends to all living entities. Only a pure devotee can preach the glories of the Lord for the benefit of all conditioned souls.

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