ādiśa tvaṁ dvija-śreṣṭha
āśu tuṣyati me devaḥ
sīdantyāḥ saha putrakaiḥ
ādiśa—just instruct me; tvam—O my husband; dvija-śreṣṭha—O best of the brāhmaṇas; vidhim—the regulative principles; tat—the Lord; upadhāvanam—the process of worshiping; āśu—very soon; tuṣyati—becomes satisfied; me—unto me; devaḥ—the Lord; sīdantyāḥ—now lamenting; saha—with; putrakaiḥ—all my sons, the demigods.
O best of the brāhmaṇas, 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-gītā, where Arjuna accepted Kṛṣṇa as his guru (śiṣyas te ’haṁ śādhi māṁ tvāṁ prapannam). The Vedas also instruct, tad-vijñānārthaṁ sa guruṁ evābhigacchet: [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.”
[Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad 1.2.12]
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