ittham tvam putra-sokena
magnam tamasi dustare
praptav avam iha prabho
ittham—in this way; tvam—you; putra-sokena—because of grief at the death of your son; magnam—merged; tamasi—in darkness; dustare—insurmountable; a-tat-arham—unsuitable for a person like you; anusmrtya—remembering; maha-purusa—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; gocaram—who are advanced in understanding; anugrahaya—just to show favor; bhavatah—toward you; praptau—arrived; avam—we two; iha—in this place; prabho—O King; brahmanyah—one who is situated in the Supreme Absolute Truth; bhagavat-bhaktah—an advanced devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; na—not; avasaditum—to lament; arhasi—you deserve.
My dear King, you are an advanced devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. To be absorbed in lamentation for the loss of something material is unsuitable for a person like you. Therefore we have both come to relieve you from this false lamentation, which is due to your being merged in the darkness of ignorance. For those who are advanced in spiritual knowledge to be affected by material loss and gain is not at all desirable.
Several words in this verse are very important. The word maha-purusa refers to advanced devotees and also to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Maha means “the supreme,” and purusa means “person.” One who always engages in the service of the Supreme Lord is called maha-paurusika. Sukadeva Gosvami and Maharaja Pariksit are sometimes addressed as maha-paurusika. A devotee should always aspire to engage in the service of advanced devotees. As Srila Narottama dasa Thakura has sung:
A devotee should always aspire to live in the association of advanced devotees and engage in the service of the Lord through the parampara system. One should serve the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu through the instructions of the great Gosvamis of Vrndavana. This is called tandera carana sevi. While serving the lotus feet of the Gosvamis, one should live in the association of devotees (bhakta-sane vasa). This is the business of a devotee. A devotee should not aspire for material profit or lament for material loss. When Angira Rsi and Narada saw that Maharaja Citraketu, an advanced devotee, had fallen in the darkness of ignorance and was lamenting for the material body of his son, by their causeless mercy they came to advise him so that he could be saved from this ignorance.
Another significant word is brahmanya. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is sometimes addressed by the prayer namo brahmanya-devaya, which offers obeisances unto the Lord because He is served by the devotees. Therefore this verse states, brahmanyo bhagavad-bhakto navasaditum arhasi. This is the symptom of an advanced devotee. Brahma-bhutah prasannatma [Bg. 18.54]. For a devotee—an advanced, self-realized soul—there is no cause for material jubilation or lamentation. He is always transcendental to conditional life.
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