Canto 9: LiberationChapter 4: Ambarisha Maharaja Offended by Durvasa Muni

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 9.4.18-20

sa vai manah krishna-padaravindayor

vacamsi vaikuntha-gunanuvarnane

karau harer mandira-marjanadishu

srutim cakaracyuta-sat-kathodaye

mukunda-lingalaya-darsane drisau

tad-bhritya-gatra-sparse 'nga-sangamam

ghranam ca tat-pada-saroja-saurabhe

srimat-tulasya rasanam tad-arpite

padau hareh kshetra-padanusarpane

siro hrishikesa-padabhivandane

kamam ca dasye na tu kama-kamyaya

yathottamasloka-janasraya ratih

SYNONYMS

sah -- he (Maharaja Ambarisha); vai -- indeed; manah -- his mind; krishna-pada-aravindayoh -- (fixed) upon the two lotus feet of Lord Krishna; vacamsi -- his words; vaikuntha-guna-anuvarnane -- describing the glories of Krishna; karau -- his two hands; hareh mandira-marjana-adishu -- in activities like cleansing the temple of Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead; srutim -- his ear; cakara -- engaged; acyuta -- of or about Krishna, who never falls down; sat-katha-udaye -- in hearing the transcendental narrations; mukunda-linga-alaya-darsane -- in seeing the Deity and temples and holy dhamas of Mukunda; drisau -- his two eyes; tat-bhritya -- of the servants of Krishna; gatra-sparse -- in touching the bodies; anga-sangamam -- contact of his body; ghranam ca -- and his sense of smell; tat-pada -- of His lotus feet; saroja -- of the lotus flower; saurabhe -- in (smelling) the fragrance; srimat-tulasyah -- of the tulasi leaves; rasanam -- his tongue; tat-arpite -- in the prasada offered to the Lord; padau -- his two legs; hareh -- of the Personality of Godhead; kshetra -- holy places like the temple or Vrindavana and Dvaraka; pada-anusarpane -- walking to those places; sirah -- the head; hrishikesa -- of Krishna, the master of the senses; pada-abhivandane -- in offering obeisances to the lotus feet; kamam ca -- and his desires; dasye -- in being engaged as a servant; na -- not; tu -- indeed; kama-kamyaya -- with a desire for sense gratification; yatha -- as; uttamasloka-jana-asraya -- if one takes shelter of a devotee such as Prahlada; ratih -- attachment.

TRANSLATION

Maharaja Ambarisha always engaged his mind in meditating upon the lotus feet of Krishna, his words in describing the glories of the Lord, his hands in cleansing the Lord's temple, and his ears in hearing the words spoken by Krishna or about Krishna. He engaged his eyes in seeing the Deity of Krishna, Krishna's temples and Krishna's places like Mathura and Vrindavana, he engaged his sense of touch in touching the bodies of the Lord's devotees, he engaged his sense of smell in smelling the fragrance of tulasi offered to the Lord, and he engaged his tongue in tasting the Lord's prasada. He engaged his legs in walking to the holy places and temples of the Lord, his head in bowing down before the Lord, and all his desires in serving the Lord, twenty-four hours a day. Indeed, Maharaja Ambarisha never desired anything for his own sense gratification. He engaged all his senses in devotional service, in various engagements related to the Lord. This is the way to increase attachment for the Lord and be completely free from all material desires.

PURPORT

In Bhagavad-gita (7.1) the Lord recommends, mayy asakta-manah partha yogam yunjan mad-asrayah. This indicates that one must execute devotional service under the guidance of a devotee or directly under the guidance of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is not possible, however, to train oneself without guidance from the spiritual master. Therefore, according to the instructions of Srila Rupa Gosvami, the first business of a devotee is to accept a bona fide spiritual master who can train him to engage his various senses in rendering transcendental service to the Lord. The Lord also says in Bhagavad-gita (7.1), asamsayam samagram mam yatha jnasyasi tac chrinu. In other words, if one wants to understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead in completeness, one must follow the prescriptions given by Krishna by following in the footsteps of Maharaja Ambarisha. It is said, hrishikena hrishikesa-sevanam bhaktir ucyate: [Cc. Madhya 19.170] bhakti means to engage the senses in the service of the master of the senses, Krishna, who is called Hrishikesa or Acyuta. These words are used in these verses. Acyuta-sat-kathodaye, hrishikesa-padabhivandane. The words Acyuta and Hrishikesa are also used in Bhagavad-gita. Bhagavad-gita is krishna-katha spoken directly by Krishna, and Srimad-Bhagavatam is also krishna-katha because everything described in the Bhagavatam is in relationship with Krishna.

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