TEXT 237
"sthira hana ghare yao, na hao vatula
krame krame paya loka bhava-sindhu-kula
SYNONYMS
sthira hana—being patient; ghare yao—go back home; na—do not; hao—become; vatula—crazy; krame krame—gradually; paya—gets; loka—a person; bhava-sindhu-kula—the far shore of the ocean of material existence.
TRANSLATION
"Be patient and return home. Don't be a crazy fellow. By and by you will be able to cross the ocean of material existence.
PURPORT
As stated in Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.14.58):
samasrita ye pada-pallava-plavam
mahat-padam punya-yaso-murareh
bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam
padam padam yad vipadam na tesam
This material world is just like a big ocean. It begins with Brahmaloka and extends to Patalaloka, and there are many planets, or islands, in this ocean. Not knowing about devotional service, the living entity wanders about this ocean, just as a man tries to swim to reach the shore. Our struggle for existence is similar to this. Everyone is trying to get out of the ocean of material existence. One cannot immediately reach the coast, but if one endeavors, he can cross the ocean by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mercy. One may be very eager to cross this ocean, but he cannot attain success by acting like a madman. He must swim over the ocean very patiently and intelligently under the instructions of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu or His representative. Then, one day, he will reach the shore and return home, back to Godhead.

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