TEXT 19
yat-sevaya bhagavatah
kuta-sthasya madhu-dvisah
rati-raso bhavet tivrah
padayor vyasanardanah
SYNONYMS
yat—to whom; sevaya—by service; bhagavatah—of the Personality of Godhead; kuta-sthasya—of the unchangeable; madhu-dvisah—the enemy of the Madhu asura; rati-rasah—attachment in different relationships; bhavet—develops; tivrah—highly ecstatic; padayoh—of the feet; vyasana—distresses; ardanah—vanquishing.
TRANSLATION
By serving the feet of the spiritual master, one is enabled to develop transcendental ecstasy in the service of the Personality of Godhead, who is the unchangeable enemy of the Madhu demon and whose service vanquishes one’s material distresses.
PURPORT
The association of a bona fide spiritual master like the sage Maitreya can be of absolute help in achieving transcendental attachment for the direct service of the Lord. The Lord is the enemy of the Madhu demon, or in other words He is the enemy of the suffering of His pure devotee. The word rati-rasah is significant in this verse. Service to the Lord is rendered in different transcendental mellows (relationships): neutral, active, friendly, parental and nuptial. A living entity in the liberated position of transcendental service to the Lord becomes attracted to one of the above-mentioned mellows, and when one is engaged in transcendental loving service to the Lord, one’s service attachment in the material world is automatically vanquished. As stated in Bhagavad-gita (2.59), rasa-varjam raso ’py asya param drstva nivartate.

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