evam pralobhyamano ’pi
naicchat tan asurottamah
sri-naradah uvaca—the great saint Narada said; evam—thus; pralobhyamanah—being allured or induced; api—although; varaih—by benedictions; loka—of the world; pralobhanaih—by different kinds of allurements; ekantitvat—because of being solely surrendered; bhagavati—unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead; na aicchat—did not want; tan—those benedictions; asura-uttamah—Prahlada Maharaja, the best of the family of asuras.
Narada Muni said: Prahlada Maharaja was the best person in the family of asuras, who always aspire for material happiness. Nonetheless, although allured by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who offered him all benedictions for material happiness, because of his unalloyed Krsna consciousness he did not want to take any material benefit for sense gratification.
Pure devotees like Prahlada Maharaja and Dhruva Maharaja do not aspire for any material benefit at any stage of devotional service. When the Lord was present before Dhruva Maharaja, Dhruva did not want to take any material benefit from the Lord: svamin krtartho ’smi varam na yace. As a pure devotee, he could not ask the Lord for any material benefit. In this regard, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed us:
“O my Lord, Jagadisa, I do not pray for benedictions by which to achieve material wealth, popularity or beauty. My only desire is to serve You. Kindly engage me in the service of the servant of Your servant.”
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Seventh Canto, Ninth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Prahlada Pacifies Lord Nrsimhadeva with Prayers.”
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