TEXT 22
avismitam tam paripurna-kamam
svenaiva labhena samam prasantam
vinopasarpaty aparam hi balisah
sva-langulenatititarti sindhum
SYNONYMS
avismitam—who is never struck with wonder; tam—Him; paripurna-kamam—who is fully satisfied; svena—by His own; eva—indeed; labhena—achievements; samam—equipoised; prasantam—very steady; vina—without; upasarpati—approaches; aparam—another; hi—indeed; balisah—a fool; sva—of a dog; langulena—by the tail; atititarti—wants to cross; sindhum—the sea.
TRANSLATION
Free from all material conceptions of existence and never wonder-struck by anything, the Lord is always jubilant and fully satisfied by His own spiritual perfection. He has no material designations, and therefore He is steady and unattached. That Supreme Personality of Godhead is the only shelter of everyone. Anyone desiring to be protected by others is certainly a great fool who desires to cross the sea by holding the tail of a dog.
PURPORT
A dog can swim in the water, but if a dog dives in the ocean and someone wants to cross the ocean by holding the dogís tail, he is certainly fool number one. A dog cannot cross the ocean, nor can a person cross the ocean by catching a dogís tail. Similarly, one who desires to cross the ocean of nescience should not seek the shelter of any demigod or anyone else but the fearless shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.14.58) therefore says:
samasrita ye pada-pallava-plavam
mahat-padam punya-yaso-murareh
bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam
padam padam yad vipadam na tesam
The Lordís lotus feet are an indestructible boat, and if one takes shelter of that boat he can easily cross the ocean of nescience. Consequently there are no dangers for a devotee although he lives within this material world, which is full of dangers at every step. One should seek the shelter of the all-powerful instead of trying to be protected by oneís own concocted ideas.

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