krsna vina trsna-tyaga--tara karya mani
ataeva 'santa' krsna-bhakta eka jani
krsna vina—without Krsna; trsna-tyaga—giving up all desires; tara—of santa-rasa; karya—the business; mani—I accept; ataeva—therefore; santa—the position of equilibrium; krsna-bhakta—a devotee of Krsna; eka—only; jani—I know.
"Giving up all desires not connected with Krsna is the business of one who is in the santa-rasa. Only a devotee of Krsna can be situated on that platform. He is thus called a santa-rasa-bhakta.
In this position, one is freed from all material enjoyment. When one is not agitated or disturbed, he can immediately realize his relationship with Krsna. A santa-rasa devotee is therefore always fixed in realization. This instruction was given by the Lord Himself to Uddhava. The beginning of pure devotional service is called anyabhilasita-sunya. When one is situated on the platform of neutrality, he is freed from the material platform and fully situated in spiritual life. The word dama used in verse 213 means indriya-samyama-curbing one's senses. The word dama can also mean curbing one's enemies. A king has to take steps to curb the criminal activities of his citizens. Great rajarsis, devotee kings, used to control undesirable elements in their states, and this also may be called dama. However, dama here refers to the conditioned soul who must control his senses. Real dama means controlling the undesirable activities of the senses.
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