Serving Krsna Is The Safest Position, Radhanath Swami, ISKCON Chowpatty

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Published on Dec 18, 2011

Radhanath Swami On "Serving Krsna Is The Safest Position" @ ISKCON Chowpatty Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 09 Chapter 18 Verse 01- 02 On 26 March 2011

SB 9.18.1
sri-suka uvaca
yatir yayatih samyatir
ayatir viyatih krtih
sad ime nahusasyasann
indriyaniva dehinah

Word for word: 

sri-sukah uvaca — Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said; yatih — Yati; yayatih — Yayati; samyatih — Samyati; ayatih — Ayati; viyatih — Viyati; krtih — Krti; sat — six; ime — all of them; nahusasya — of King Nahusa; asan — were; indriyani — the (six) senses; iva — like; dehinah — of an embodied soul.

Translation: 
Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King Pariksit, as the embodied soul has six senses, King Nahusa had six sons, named Yati, Yayati, Samyati, Ayati, Viyati and Krti.

SB 9.18.2
rajyam naicchad yatih pitra
dattam tat-parinamavit
yatra pravistah purusa
atmanam navabudhyate

Word for word: 
rajyam — the kingdom; na aicchat — did not accept; yatih — the eldest son, Yati; pitra — by his father; dattam — offered; tat-parinama-vit — knowing the result of becoming powerful as a king; yatra — wherein; pravistah — having entered; purusah — such a person; atmanam — self-realization; na — not; avabudhyate — will take seriously and understand.
Translation: 
When one enters the post of king or head of the government, one cannot understand the meaning of self-realization. Knowing this, Yati, the eldest son of Nahusa, did not accept the power to rule, although it was offered by his father.

Purport: 

Self-realization is the prime objective of human civilization, and it is regarded seriously by those who are situated in the mode of goodness and have developed the brahminical qualities. Ksatriyas are generally endowed with material qualities conducive to gaining material wealth and enjoying sense gratification, but those who are spiritually advanced are not interested in material opulence. Indeed, they accept only the bare necessities for a life of spiritual advancement in self-realization. It is specifically mentioned here that if one enters political life, especially in the modern day, one looses the chance for human perfection. Nonetheless, one can attain the highest perfection if one hears Srimad-Bhagavatam. This hearing is described as nityam bhagavata-sevaya [SB 1.2.18]. Maharaja Pariksit was involved in politics, but because at the end of his life he heard Srimad-Bhagavatam from Sukadeva Gosvami, he attained perfection very easily. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has therefore suggested:

sthane sthitah sruti-gatam tanu-van-manobhir
ye prayaso 'jita jito 'py asi tais tri-lokyam
(SB 10.14.3)

Regardless of whether one is in the mode of passion, ignorance or goodness, if one regularly hears Srimad-Bhagavatam from the self-realized soul, one is freed from the bondage of material involvement.

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