TEXT 18
arthabhavam viniscitya
pratitasyapi natmanah
tam capi yusmac-carana-
sevayaham paranude
SYNONYMS
artha-abhavam—without substance; viniscitya—being ascertained; pratitasya—of the apparent values; api—also; na—never; atmanah—of the self; tam—that; ca—also; api—thus; yusmat—your; carana—feet; sevaya—by service; aham—myself; paranude—shall be able to give up.
TRANSLATION
But, my dear sir, I am obliged to you because now I can understand that this material manifestation is without substance, although it appears real. I am confident that by serving your feet it will be possible for me to give up the false idea.
PURPORT
The sufferings of the conditioned soul are superficial and have no intrinsic value, like the cutting off of one’s head in a dream. Yet although this statement is theoretically very true, it is very difficult for the common man or the neophyte on the transcendental path to realize practically. However, by serving the feet of great transcendentalists like Maitreya Muni and by constantly associating with them, one is enabled to give up the false idea that the soul suffers from material pangs.

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