TEXT 12
na kamaye ’ham gatim isvarat param
astarddhi-yuktam apunar-bhavam va
artim prapadye ’khila-deha-bhajam
antah-sthito yena bhavanty aduhkhah
SYNONYMS
na—not; kamaye—desire; aham—I; gatim—destination; isvarat—from the Supreme Personality of Godhead; param—great; asta-rddhi-yuktam—composed of the eight kinds of mystic perfection; apunah-bhavam—cessation of repeated birth (liberation, salvation); va—either; artim—sufferings; prapadye—I accept; akhila-deha-bhajam—of all living entities; antah-sthitah—staying among them; yena—by which; bhavanti—they become; aduhkhah—without distress.
TRANSLATION
I do not pray to the Supreme Personality of Godhead for the eight perfections of mystic yoga, nor for salvation from repeated birth and death. I want only to stay among all the living entities and suffer all distresses on their behalf, so that they may be freed from suffering.
PURPORT
Vasudeva Datta made a similar statement to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, requesting the Lord to liberate all living entities in His presence. Vasudeva Datta submitted that if they were unfit to be liberated, he himself would take all their sinful reactions and suffer personally so that the Lord might deliver them. A Vaisnava is therefore described as being para-duhkha-duhkhi, very much aggrieved by the sufferings of others. As such, a Vaisnava engages in activities for the real welfare of human society.

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