adisa tvam dvija-srestha
asu tusyati me devah
sidantyah saha putrakaih
adisa—just instruct me; tvam—O my husband; dvija-srestha—O best of the brahmanas; vidhim—the regulative principles; tat—the Lord; upadhavanam—the process of worshiping; asu—very soon; tusyati—becomes satisfied; me—unto me; devah—the Lord; sidantyah—now lamenting; saha—with; putrakaih—all my sons, the demigods.
O best of the brahmanas, kindly instruct me in the perfect method of worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead in devotional service, by which the Lord may very soon be pleased with me and save me, along with my sons, from this most dangerous condition.
Sometimes less intelligent men ask whether one has to approach a guru to be instructed in devotional service for spiritual advancement. The answer is given here—indeed, not only here, but also in Bhagavad-gita, where Arjuna accepted Krsna as his guru (sisyas te ’ham sadhi mam tvam prapannam). The Vedas also instruct, tad-vijnanartham sa gurum evabhigacchet: [MU
“To understand these things properly, one must humbly approach, with firewood in hand, a spiritual master who is learned in the Vedas and firmly devoted to the Absolute Truth.”
[Mundaka Upanisad 1.2.12]
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