TEXT 22
sri-aditir uvaca
kenaham vidhina brahmann
upasthasye jagat-patim
yatha me satya-sankalpo
vidadhyat sa manoratham
SYNONYMS
sri-aditih uvaca—Srimati Aditi began to pray; kena—by which; aham—I; vidhina—by regulative principles; brahman—O brahmana; upasthasye—can please; jagat-patim—the Lord of the universe, Jagannatha; yatha—by which; me—my; satya-sankalpah—desire may actually be fulfilled; vidadhyat—may fulfill; sah—He (the Supreme Lord); manoratham—ambitions or desires.
TRANSLATION
Srimati Aditi said: O brahmana, tell me the regulative principles by which I may worship the supreme master of the world so that the Lord will be pleased with me and fulfill all my desires.
PURPORT
It is said, Man proposes, God disposes. Thus a person may desire many things, but unless these desires are fulfilled by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, they cannot be fulfilled. Fulfillment of desire is called satya-sankalpa. Here the word satya-sankalpa is very important. Aditi placed herself at the mercy of her husband so that he would give her directions by which to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead so that all her desires would be fulfilled. A disciple must first decide that he should worship the Supreme Lord, and then the spiritual master will give the disciple correct directions. One cannot dictate to the spiritual master, just as a patient cannot demand that his physician prescribe a certain type of medicine. Here is the beginning of worship of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. As confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (7.16):
catur-vidha bhajante mam
janah sukrtino rjuna
arto jijnasur artharthi
jnani ca bharatarsabha
O best among the Bharatas, four kinds of pious men render devotional service unto Me—the distressed, the desirer of wealth, the inquisitive, and he who is searching for knowledge of the Absolute. Aditi was arta, a person in distress. She was very much aggrieved because her sons, the demigods, were bereft of everything. Thus she wanted to take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead under the direction of her husband, Kasyapa Muni.

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