April 14, 2009
Śrīla Gurudeva: What is the meaning of this verse?
saṁsāra-cakre bhramataḥ sva-karmabhiḥh
āsakta-cittasya na nātha bhūyāt
[O my Lord, my master, I am wandering throughout this material world as a result of my fruitive activities. Therefore I seek friendship only in the association of Your pious and enlightened devotees. My attachment to my body, wife, children, and home is continuing by the spell of Your external energy, but I wish to be attached to them no longer. Let my mind, my consciousness, and everything I have, be attached only to You.]
Madhuvrata dāsa: O my Lord, O Uttamā-śloka, I am wandering in this material world as a result of my fruitive activities. Now I desire only the association of your pure devotees. By Your illusory potency my attachment to my wife, children, and house still continues, but I desire this to finish. Now I want only that my body, mind, and consciousness be attached to You.
Śrīla Gurudeva: Very good.
Acyutānanda dāsa: O Lord, I am wandering in this saṁsāra (material existence) because of my karma. May I have friendship only with your devotees; may I not have any other attachment.
Śrīla Gurudeva: From where have you brought the word ‘devotees’?
Acyutānanda dāsa: From uttamā-śloka janeṣu. May I not have any attachment to my sons, my wife, and my house. O Lord, may there not be any more attachment for these things.
Śrīla Gurudeva: What did the unmarried princesses of Mathurā say when they saw Kaṁsa sitting on his throne? What did they say when they saw that by Kaṁsa’s order Cāṇūra and Mūṣṭika wanted to crush Kṛṣṇa and Baladeva – without anyone doing anything about it, or even warning Them?
These young ladies were considering, “We must not remain in this assembly, for by staying here we are attracting offense personified. Why is no one here objecting to these young boys fighting with those huge, mountain-like wrestlers? It is true that we are seeing Kṛṣṇa, but unfortunately it is just as the wrestlers are trying to crush Him in this unfair match. How fortunate are the gopīs, on the other hand, who always see Him in the idyllic setting of Vṛndāvana.”
puṇyā bata vraja-bhuvo yad ayaṁ nṛ-liṅga-
gūḍhaḥ purāṇa-puruṣo vana-citra-mālyaḥ
gāḥ pālayan saha-balaḥ kvaṇayaṁś ca veṇuṁ
[How pious are the tracks of land in Vraja, for there the primeval Personality of Godhead, disguising Himself with human traits, wanders about, enacting His many pastimes. Adorned with wonderfully variegated forest garlands, He, whose feet are worshiped by lord Śiva and goddess Ramā, vibrates His flute as He tends the cows in the company of Balarāma.]
You should learn other ślokas as well, from Veṇu-gīta, Gopī-gīta, and Bhramara-gīta.
Especially, there are three very good ślokas which were uttered when Kṛṣṇa went to Kurukṣetra and met with the gopīs there:
gopyaś ca kṛṣṇam upalabhya cirād abhīṣṭaṁ
yat-prekṣaṇe dṛśiṣu pakṣma-kṛtaṁ śapanti
dṛgbhir hṛdī-kṛtam alaṁ parirabhya sarvās
tad-bhāvam āpur api nitya-yujāṁ durāpam
[While gazing at their beloved Kṛṣṇa, the young gopīs used to condemn the creator of their eyelids [which would momentarily block their vision of Him]. Now, seeing Kṛṣṇa again after such a long separation, with their eyes they took Him into their hearts, and there they embraced Him to their full satisfaction. In this way they became totally absorbed in ecstatic meditation on Him, although those who constantly practice mystic yoga find such absorption difficult to achieve.]
mayi bhaktir hi bhūtānām
diṣṭyā yad āsīn mat-sneho
[Rendering devotional service to Me qualifies any living being for eternal life. But by your good fortune you have developed a special loving attitude toward Me by which you have obtained Me.]
āhuś ca te nalina-nābha padāravindaṁ
yogeśvarair hṛdi vicintyam agādha-bodhaiḥ
gehaṁ juṣām api manasy udiyāt sadā naḥ
[The gopīs spoke thus: Dear Lord whose navel is just like a lotus flower, Your lotus feet are the only shelter for those who have fallen into the deep well of material existence. Your feet are worshiped and meditated upon by great mystic yogīs and highly learned philosophers. We wish that these lotus feet may also be awakened within our hearts, although we are only ordinary persons engaged in household affairs.]
Śrīla Gurudeva: Bās [That’s all for today].
Śrīpāda Mādhava Mahārāja: It’s time for wheatgrass juice.
Vṛndā-devī dāsī: How do you remember all these ślokas? You know so many ślokas.
Śrīla Gurudeva: It is only by the mercy of my Gurudeva.
[Excerpted from the Gaudiya Vedanta Publication “Walking With a Saint 2009”]