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SB 10.80.34

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda

TEXT 34

nāham ijyā-prajātibhyāṁ
tapasopaśamena vā
tuṣyeyaṁ sarva-bhūtātmā
guru-śuśrūṣayā yathā


SYNONYMS

na—not; aham—I; ijyā—by ritual worship; prajātibhyām—the higher birth of brāhmaṇa initiation; tapasā—by austerity; upaśamena—by self-control; —or; tuṣyeyam—can be satisfied; sarva—of all; bhūta—beings; ātmā—the Soul; guru—to one's spiritual master; śuśrūṣayā—by faithful service; yathā—as.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


TRANSLATION

I, the Soul of all beings, am not as satisfied by ritual worship, brahminical initiation, penances or self-discipline as I am by faithful service rendered to one's spiritual master.


PURPORT

The word prajāti here indicates either begetting good children or the second birth obtained by ritual initiation into Vedic culture. Although both of these are praiseworthy, Lord Kṛṣṇa here states that faithful service rendered to a bona fide spiritual master is still higher.



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