TEXT 16
sa vai tebhyo namaskrtya
nihsango vigata-sprhah
vasudeve bhagavati
bhaktya cakre manah param
SYNONYMS
sah—he (King Rantideva); vai—indeed; tebhyah—unto Lord Brahma, Lord Siva and the other demigods; namah-krtya—offering obeisances; nihsangah—with no ambition to take any benefit from them; vigata-sprhah—completely free from desires for material possessions; vasudeve—unto Lord Vasudeva; bhagavati—the Supreme Lord; bhaktya—by devotional service; cakre—fixed; manah—the mind; param—as the ultimate goal of life.
TRANSLATION
King Rantideva had no ambition to enjoy material benefits from the demigods. He offered them obeisances, but because he was factually attached to Lord Visnu, Vasudeva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he fixed his mind at Lord Visnu’s lotus feet.
PURPORT
Srila Narottama dasa Thakura has sung:
If one wants to become a pure devotee of the Supreme Lord, one should not hanker to take benedictions from the demigods. As stated in Bhagavad-gita (7.20), kamais tais tair hrta jnanah prapadyante ’nya-devatah: those befooled by the illusion of the material energy worship gods other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore, although Rantideva was personally able to see Lord Brahma and Lord Siva, he did not hanker to take material benefits from them. Rather, he fixed his mind upon Lord Vasudeva and rendered devotional service unto Him. This is the sign of a pure devotee, whose heart is not adulterated by material desires.
anyabhilasita-sunyam
jnana-karmady-anavrtam
anukulyena krsnanu-
silanam bhaktir uttama
[Madhya 19.167]
“One should render transcendental loving service to the Supreme Lord Krsna favorably and without desire for material profit or gain through fruitive activities or philosophical speculation. That is called pure devotional service.”

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