brahma-varcasa-kamas tu
yajeta brahmanah patim
indram indriya-kamas tu
praja-kamah prajapatin
devim mayam tu sri-kamas
tejas-kamo vibhavasum
vasu-kamo vasun rudran
virya-kamo 'tha viryavan
annadya-kamas tv aditim
svarga-kamo 'diteh sutan
visvan devan rajya-kamah
sadhyan samsadhako visam
ayus-kamo 'svinau devau
pusti-kama ilam yajet
pratistha-kamah puruso
rodasi loka-matarau
rupabhikamo gandharvan
stri-kamo 'psara urvasim
adhipatya-kamah sarvesam
yajeta paramesthinam
yajnam yajed yasas-kamah
kosa-kamah pracetasam
vidya-kamas tu girisam
dampatyartha umam satim
brahmathe absolute; varcasaeffulgence; kamah tubut one who desires in that way; yajetado worship; brahmanahof the Vedas; patimthe master; indramthe King of heaven; indriya-kamah tubut one who desires strong sense organs; praja-kamahone who desires many offspring; prajapatinthe Prajapatis; devimthe goddess; mayamunto the mistress of the material world; tubut; sri-kamahone who desires beauty; tejahpower; kamahone who so desires; vibhavasumthe fire-god; vasu-kamahone who wants wealth; vasunthe Vasu demigods; rudranthe Rudra expansions of Lord Siva; virya-kamahone who wants to be very strongly built; athatherefore; viryavanthe most powerful; anna-adyagrains; kamahone who so desires; tubut; aditimAditi, mother of the demigods; svargaheaven; kamahso desiring; aditeh sutanthe sons of Aditi; visvanVisvadeva; devandemigods; rajya-kamahthose who hanker for kingdoms; sadhyanthe Sadhya demigods; samsadhakahwhat fulfills the wishes; visamof the mercantile community; ayuh-kamahdesirous of long life; asvinauthe two demigods known as the Asvini brothers; devauthe two demigods; pusti-kamahone who desires a strongly built body; ilamthe earth; yajetmust worship; pratistha-kamahone who desires good fame, or stability in a post; purusahsuch men; rodasithe horizon; loka-matarauand the earth; rupabeauty; abhikamahpositively aspiring for; gandharvanthe residents of the Gandharva planet, who are very beautiful and are expert in singing; stri-kamahone who desires a good wife; apsarah urvasimthe society girls of the heavenly kingdom; adhipatya-kamahone who desires to dominate others; sarvesameveryone; yajetamust worship; paramesthinamBrahma, the head of the universe; yajnamthe Personality of Godhead; yajetmust worship; yasah-kamahone who desires to be famous; kosa-kamahone who desires a good bank balance; pracetasamthe treasurer of heaven, known as Varuna; vidya-kamah tubut one who desires education; girisamthe lord of the Himalayas, Lord Siva; dampatya-arthahand for conjugal love; umam satimthe chaste wife of Lord Siva, known as Uma.
One who desires to be absorbed in the impersonal brahmajyoti effulgence should worship the master of the Vedas [Lord Brahma or Brhaspati, the learned priest], one who desires powerful sex should worship the heavenly King, Indra, and one who desires good progeny should worship the great progenitors called the Prajapatis. One who desires good fortune should worship Durgadevi, the superintendent of the material world. One desiring to be very powerful should worship fire, and one who aspires only after money should worship the Vasus. One should worship the Rudra incarnations of Lord Siva if he wants to be a great hero. One who wants a large stock of grains should worship Aditi. One who desires to attain the heavenly planets should worship the sons of Aditi. One who desires a worldly kingdom should worship Visvadeva, and one who wants to be popular with the general mass of population should worship the Sadhya demigod. One who desires a long span of life should worship the demigods known as the Asvini-kumaras, and a person desiring a strongly built body should worship the earth. One who desires stability in his post should worship the horizon and the earth combined. One who desires to be beautiful should worship the beautiful residents of the Gandharva planet, and one who desires a good wife should worship the Apsaras and the Urvasi society girls of the heavenly kingdom. One who desires domination over others should worship Lord Brahma, the head of the universe. One who desires tangible fame should worship the Personality of Godhead, and one who desires a good bank balance should worship the demigod Varuna. If one desires to be a greatly learned man he should worship Lord Siva, and if one desires a good marital relation he should worship the chaste goddess Uma, the wife of Lord Siva.
There are different modes of worship for different persons desiring success in particular subjects. The conditioned soul living within the purview of the material world cannot be an expert in every type of materially enjoyable asset, but one can have considerable influence over a particular matter by worshiping a particular demigod, as mentioned above. Ravana was made a very powerful man by worshiping Lord Siva, and he used to offer severed heads to please Lord Siva. He became so powerful by the grace of Lord Siva that all the demigods were afraid of him, until he at last challenged the Personality of Godhead Sri Ramacandra and thus ruined himself. In other words, all such persons who aspire after gaining some or all of the material objects of enjoyment, or the gross materialistic persons, are on the whole less intelligent, as confirmed in the Bhagavad-gita (7.20). It is said there that those who are bereft of all good sense, or those whose intelligence is withdrawn by the deluding energy of maya, aspire to achieve all sorts of material enjoyment in life by pleasing the various demigods, or by advancing in material civilization under the heading of scientific progress. The real problem of life in the material world is to solve the question of birth, death, old age and disease. No one wants to change his birthright, no one wants to meet death, no one wants to be old or invalid, and no one wants diseases. But these problems are solved neither by the grace of any demigod nor by the so-called advancement of material science. In the Bhagavad-gita, as well as in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, such less intelligent persons have been described as devoid of all good sense. Sukadeva Gosvami said that out of the 8,400,000 species of living entities, the human form of life is rare and valuable, and out of those rare human beings those who are conscious of the material problems are rarer still, and the still more rare persons are those who are conscious of the value of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, which contains the messages of the Lord and His pure devotees. Death is inevitable for everyone, intelligent or foolish. But Pariksit Maharaja has been addressed by the Gosvami as the manisi, or the man of highly developed mind, because at the time of death he left all material enjoyment and completely surrendered unto the lotus feet of the Lord by hearing His messages from the right person, Sukadeva Gosvami. But aspirations for material enjoyment by endeavoring persons are condemned. Such aspirations are something like the intoxication of the degraded human society. Intelligent persons should try to avoid these aspirations and seek instead the permanent life by returning home, back to Godhead.

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