Śloka Class

Śrīla Gurudeva: What is today’s śloka?

Acyutānanda dāsa:

ahaṁ hare tava pādaika-mūla-
dāsānudāso bhavitāsmi bhūyaḥ
manaḥ smaretāsu-pater guṇāṁs te
gṛṇīta vāk karma karotu kāyaḥ
Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.11.24


[O my Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, will I become a servant of Your eternal servants, who find shelter only at Your lotus feet? O Lord of my life, may my mind always think of Your transcendental attributes, my words always glorify those attributes, and my body always engage in the loving service of Your Lordship.]

Śrīla Gurudeva: [To Brajanāth dāsa Do you remember the verse? What is the meaning?

Brajanāth dāsa: O Lord, may I again become the servant of the servant of Your servant, who is exclusively…

Śrīla Gurudeva: May I again? What do you mean by ‘again’?

Brajanāth dāsa: Bhuyah means ‘again.’

Śrīla Gurudeva: It does not mean ‘again.’ Vṛtrāsura thinks that he has not yet served. He wants to serve for the first time.

Brajanāth dāsa: It says ‘again’ in the translation.

Śrīpāda Mādhava Mahārāja: It means ‘again and again.’

Śrīla Gurudeva: [To Vṛndā-devī dāsī] Can you recite this verse? You will have to preach; not to just sit in one place.

Vṛndā-devī dāsī: Last night I learned about the verse, but I didn’t understand it fully. I know a little bit, but I have to look at my paper.

O Lord, will I again and again be able to become the servant of the servant of those who are exclusively dedicated to Your lotus feet? May I again and again become their servant, so that my mind can always be engaged in thinking of You, my words always be engaged in glorifying Your activities, and my body be fully engaged in Your loving devotional service.

Śrīla Gurudeva: [To Madhuvrata dāsa] Now recite the śloka in a tune.

Madhuvrata dāsa: When? Now? [He sings the verse]

Śrīla Gurudeva: [Leads all in singing the verse]

For tomorrow, all of you can learn this śloka:

na nāka-pṛṣṭhaṁ na ca pārameṣṭhyaṁ
na sārva-bhaumaṁ na rasādhipatyam
na yoga-siddhīr apunar-bhavaṁ vā
samañjasa tvā virahayya kāṅkṣe
(Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 6.11.25)


[O my Lord, source of all opportunities, I do not desire to enjoy in Dhruvaloka, the heavenly planets, or the planet where Lord Brahmā resides, nor do I want to be the supreme ruler of all the earthly planets or the lower planetary systems. I do not desire to be master of the powers of mystic yoga, nor do I want liberation if I have to give up Your lotus feet.]

I am not teaching you these prayers merely for memorization and remembrance. My intention is that the moods of the prayers will enter your hearts. So, please chant these prayers daily.

[Excerpted from the Gaudiya Vedanta Publication “Walking With a Saint 2009”]
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