yate vamsi-dhvani-sukha, na dekhi' se canda mukha,
yadyapi nahika 'alambana'
nija-dehe kari priti, kevala kamera riti,
prana-kitera kariye dharana
yate—in which; vamsi-dhvani-sukha—the happiness of hearing the playing of the flute; na dekhi'-not seeing; se—that; canda mukha—moonlike face; yadyapi—although; nahika—there is not; 'alambana'-the meeting of the lover and beloved; nija—own; dehe—in the body; kari—I do; priti—affection; kevala—only; kamera—of lust; riti—the way; prana—of life; kitera—of the fly; kariye—I do; dharana—continuing.
"Even though I do not see the moonlike face of Krsna playing on His flute and although there is no possibility of My meeting Him, still I take care of My own body. That is the way of lust. In this way, I maintain My flylike life.
In this connection, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura says that the lovable Supreme Lord is the supreme shelter. The Lord is the supreme subject, and the devotees are the object. The coming together of a subject and object is called alambana. The object hears, and the subject plays the flute. That the object cannot see the moonlike face of Krsna and has no eagerness to see Him is the sign of being without alambana. Externally imagining such a thing simply satisfies one's lusty desires, and thus one lives without purpose.

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