atho hare me kulisena vira
harta pramathyaiva siro yadiha
tatranrno bhuta-balim vidhaya
manasvinam pada-rajah prapatsye
atho—otherwise; hare—O King Indra; me—of me; kulisena—by your thunderbolt; vira—O great hero; harta—you cut off; pramathya—destroying my army; eva—certainly; sirah—head; yadi—if; iha—in this battle; tatra—in that case; anrnah—relieved of all debts in this material world; bhuta-balim—a presentation for all living entities; vidhaya—arranging; manasvinam—of great sages like Narada Muni; pada-rajah—the dust of the lotus feet; prapatsye—I shall achieve.
But if in this battle you cut off my head with your thunderbolt and kill my soldiers, O Indra, O great hero, I shall take great pleasure in offering my body to other living entities [such as jackals and vultures]. I shall thus be relieved of my obligations to the reactions of my karma, and my fortune will be to receive the dust from the lotus feet of great devotees like Narada Muni.
Sri Narottama dasa Thakura sings:
“I am the servant of the six Gosvamis, and the dust of their lotus feet provides my five kinds of food.” A Vaisnava always desires the dust of the lotus feet of previous acaryas and Vaisnavas. Vrtrasura was certain that he would be killed in the battle with Indra, because this was the desire of Lord Visnu. He was prepared for death because he knew that after his death he was destined to return home, back to Godhead. This is a great destination, and it is achieved by the grace of a Vaisnava. Chadiya vaisnava-seva nistara payeche keba: no one has ever gone back to Godhead without being favored by a Vaisnava. In this verse, therefore, we find the words manasvinam pada-rajah prapatsye: “I shall receive the dust of the lotus feet of great devotees.” The word manasvinam refers to great devotees who always think of Krsna. They are always peaceful, thinking of Krsna, and therefore they are called dhira. The best example of such a devotee is Narada Muni. If one receives the dust of the lotus feet of a manasvi, a great devotee, he certainly returns home, back to Godhead.
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