Canto 8: Withdrawal of the Cosmic CreationsChapter 16: Executing the Payo-vrata Process of Worship

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 8.16.23

ādiśa tvaḿ dvija-śreṣṭha

vidhiḿ tad-upadhāvanam

āśu tuṣyati me devaḥ

sīdantyāḥ saha putrakaiḥ


ādiśa — just instruct me; tvamO my husband; dvija-śreṣṭhaO best of the brāhmaṇas; vidhim — the regulative principles; tat — the Lord; upadhāvanam — the process of worshiping; āśu — very soon; tuṣyati — becomes satisfied; me — unto me; devaḥ — the Lord; sīdantyāḥ — now lamenting; saha — with; putrakaiḥ — all my sons, the demigods.


O best of the brāhmaṇas, kindly instruct me in the perfect method of worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead in devotional service, by which the Lord may very soon be pleased with me and save me, along with my sons, from this most dangerous condition.


Sometimes less intelligent men ask whether one has to approach a guru to be instructed in devotional service for spiritual advancement. The answer is given here — indeed, not only here, but also in Bhagavad-gītā, where Arjuna accepted Kṛṣṇa as his guru (śiṣyas te 'haḿ śādhi māḿ tvāḿ prapannam). The Vedas also instruct, tad-vijñānārthaḿ sa guruḿ evābhigacchet: [MU 1.2.12] one must accept a guru for proper direction if one is seriously inclined toward advancement in spiritual life. The Lord says that one must worship the ācārya, who is the representative of the Supreme Personality of Godhead (ācāryaḿ māḿ vijānīyāt). One should definitely understand this. In Caitanya-caritāmṛta it is said that the guru is the manifestation of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, according to all the evidence given by the śāstra and by the practical behavior of devotees, one must accept a guru. Aditi accepted her husband as her guru, so that he would direct her how to advance in spiritual consciousness, devotional service, by worshiping the Supreme Lord.

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