Canto 6: Prescribed Duties for MankindChapter 11: The Transcendental Qualities of Vṛtrāsura

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 6.11.21

ahaḿ samādhāya mano yathāha naḥ

sańkarṣaṇas tac-caraṇāravinde


gatiḿ muner yāmy apaviddha-lokaḥ


ahamI; samādhāya — fixing firmly; manaḥ — the mind; yathā — just as; āha — said; naḥ — our; sańkarṣaṇaḥ — Lord Sańkarṣaṇa; tat-caraṇa-aravinde — at His lotus feet; tvat-vajra — of your thunderbolt; raḿhaḥ — by the force; lulita — torn; grāmya — of material attachment; pāśaḥ — the rope; gatim — the destination; muneḥ — of Nārada Muni and other devotees; yāmiI shall achieve; apaviddha — giving up; lokaḥ — this material world (where one desires all kinds of impermanent things).


By the force of your thunderbolt, I shall be freed of material bondage and shall give up this body and this world of material desires. Fixing my mind upon the lotus feet of Lord Sańkarṣaṇa, I shall attain the destination of such great sages as Nārada Muni, just as Lord Sańkarṣaṇa has said.


The words ahaḿ samādhāya manaḥ indicate that the most important duty at the time of death is to concentrate one's mind. If one can fix his mind on the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa, Viṣṇu, Sańkarṣaṇa or any Viṣṇu mūrti, his life will be successful. To be killed while fixing his mind at the lotus feet of Sańkarṣaṇa, Vṛtrāsura asked Indra to release his vajra, or thunderbolt. He was destined to be killed by the thunderbolt given by Lord Viṣṇu; there was no question of its being baffled. Therefore Vṛtrāsura requested Indra to release the thunderbolt immediately, and he prepared himself by fixing his mind at the lotus feet of Kṛṣṇa. A devotee is always ready to give up his material body, which is described herein as grāmya-pāśa, the rope of material attachment. The body is not at all good; it is simply a cause of bondage to the material world. Unfortunately, even though the body is destined for destruction, fools and rascals invest all their faith in the body and are never eager to return home, back to Godhead.

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