Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 15: Instructions for Civilized Human Beings

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.15.46

nocet pramattam asad-indriya-vāji-sūtā

nītvotpathaḿ viṣaya-dasyuṣu nikṣipanti

te dasyavaḥ sahaya-sūtam amuḿ tamo 'ndhe

saḿsāra-kūpa uru-mṛtyu-bhaye kṣipanti

SYNONYMS

nocet — if we do not follow the instructions of Acyuta, Kṛṣṇa, and do not take shelter of Balarāma; pramattam — careless, inattentive; asat — which are always prone to material consciousness; indriya — the senses; vāji — acting as the horses; sūtāḥ — the chariot driver (intelligence); nītvā — bringing; utpathamto the roadway of material desire; viṣaya — the sense objects; dasyuṣuin the hands of the plunderers; nikṣipanti — throw; te — those; dasyavaḥ — plunderers; sa — with; haya-sūtam — the horses and chariot driver; amum — all of them; tamaḥ — dark; andhe — blind; saḿsāra-kūpe — into the well of material existence; uru — great; mṛtyu-bhaye — fear of death; kṣipanti — throw.

TRANSLATION

Otherwise, if one does not take shelter of Acyuta and Baladeva, then the senses, acting as the horses, and the intelligence, acting as the driver, both being prone to material contamination, inattentively bring the body, which acts as the chariot, to the path of sense gratification. When one is thus attracted again by the rogues of viṣaya — eating, sleeping and mating — the horses and chariot driver are thrown into the blinding dark well of material existence, and one is again put into a dangerous and extremely fearful situation of repeated birth and death.

PURPORT

Without the protection of Gaura-NitāiKṛṣṇa and Balarāma — one cannot get out of the dark well of ignorance in material existence. This is indicated here by the word nocet, which means that one will always remain in the dark well of material existence. The living entity must get strength from Nitāi-Gaura, or Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma. Without the mercy of Nitāi-Gaura, there is no way to come out of this dark well of ignorance. As stated in the Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Ādi 1.2):

vande śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya-

nityānandau sahoditau

gauḍodaye puṣpavantau

citrau śandau tamo-nudau

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya and Lord Nityānanda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauḍa to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus wonderfully bestow benediction upon all." This material world is a dark well of ignorance. The fallen soul in this dark well must take shelter of the lotus feet of Gaura-Nitāi, for thus he can easily emerge from material existence. Without Their strength, simply attempting to get out of the clutches of matter by speculative knowledge will be insufficient.

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