TEXT 22
yasya bhaktir bhagavati
harau nihsreyasesvare
vikridato ’mrtambhodhau
kim ksudraih khatakodakaih
SYNONYMS
yasya—of whom; bhaktih—devotional service; bhagavati—to the Supreme Personality of Godhead; harau—Lord Hari; nihsreyasa-isvare—the controller of the supreme perfection of life, or supreme liberation; vikridatah—swimming or playing; amrta-ambhodhau—in the ocean of nectar; kim—what is the use; ksudraih—with small; khataka-udakaih—ditches of water.
TRANSLATION
A person fixed in the devotional service of the Supreme Lord, Hari, the Lord of the highest auspiciousness, swims in the ocean of nectar. For him what is the use of the water in small ditches?
PURPORT
Vrtrasura has formerly prayed (Bhag. 6.11.25), na naka-prstham na ca paramesthyam na sama-bhaumam na rasadhipatyam. “I do not want the facilities for happiness on Brahmaloka, Svargaloka or even Dhruvaloka, not to speak of this earth or the lower planets. I simply want to return home, back to Godhead.” This is the determination of a pure devotee. A pure devotee is never attracted to any exalted position within this material world. He simply wants to associate with the Supreme Personality of Godhead like the inhabitants of Vrndavana—Srimati Radharani, the gopis, Krsna’s father and mother (Nanda Maharaja and Yasoda), Krsna’s friends and Krsna’s servants. He wants to associate with Krsna’s atmosphere of Vrndavana’s beauty. These are the highest ambitions of a devotee of Krsna. Devotees of Lord Visnu may aspire for a position in Vaikunthaloka, but a devotee of Krsna never aspires even for the facilities of Vaikuntha; he wants to return to Goloka Vrndavana and associate with Lord Krsna in His eternal pastimes. Any material happiness is like water in a ditch, whereas the spiritual happiness eternally enjoyed in the spiritual world is like an ocean of nectar in which a devotee wants to swim.

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