sri-suka uvaca
samyag vyavasita buddhis
tava rajarsi-sattama
vasudeva-kathayam te
yaj jata naisthiki ratih
sri-sukah uvacaSri Sukadeva Gosvami said; samyakcompletely; vyavasitafixed; buddhihintelligence; tavaof Your Majesty; raja-rsi-sattamaO best of rajarsis, saintly kings; vasudeva-kathayamin hearing about the topics of Vasudeva, Krsna; teyour; yatbecause; jatadeveloped; naisthikiwithout cessation; ratihattraction or ecstatic devotional service.
Srila Sukadeva Gosvami said: O Your Majesty, best of all saintly kings, because you are greatly attracted to topics of Vasudeva, it is certain that your intelligence is firmly fixed in spiritual understanding, which is the only true goal for humanity. Because that attraction is unceasing, it is certainly sublime.
Krsna-katha is compulsory for the rajarsi, or executive head of government. This is also mentioned in Bhagavad-gita (imam rajarsayo viduh). Unfortunately, however, in this age the governmental power is gradually being captured by third-class and fourth-class men who have no spiritual understanding, and society is therefore very quickly becoming degraded. Krsna-katha must be understood by the executive heads of government, for otherwise how will people be happy and gain relief from the pangs of materialistic life? One who has fixed his mind in Krsna consciousness should be understood to have very sharp intelligence in regard to the value of life. Maharaja Pariksit was rajarsi-sattama, the best of all saintly kings, and Sukadeva Gosvami was muni-sattama, the best of munis. Both of them were elevated because of their common interest in krsna-katha. The exalted position of the speaker and the audience will be explained very nicely in the next verse. Krsna-katha is so enlivening that Maharaja Pariksit forgot everything material, even his personal comfort in relation to food and drink. This is an example of how the Krsna consciousness movement should spread all over the world to bring both the speaker and the audience to the transcendental platform and back home, back to Godhead.

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