h h jayapataka swami
Srimad Bhagavatam Text 3/1/32 – Speaker – HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaj ( Decenber 02, 2023 )
कच्चिद् बुध: स्वस्त्यनमीव आस्ते
श्वफल्कपुत्रो भगवत्प्रपन्न: ।
ष्वचेष्टत प्रेमविभिन्नधैर्य: ॥ ३२ ॥
kaccid budhaḥ svasty anamīva āste
kaccit — whether; budhaḥ — very learned; svasti — well; anamīvaḥ — faultless; āste — does exist; śvaphalka-putraḥ — the son of Śvaphalka, Akrūra; bhagavat — regarding the Personality of Godhead; prapannaḥ — surrendered; yaḥ — one who; kṛṣṇa — the Lord; pāda-aṅkita — marked with footprints; mārga — path; pāṁsuṣu — in the dust; aceṣṭata — rolled about; prema-vibhinna — lost in transcendental love; dhairyaḥ — mental equilibrium.
Please tell me whether Akrūra, the son of Śvaphalka, is doing well. He is a faultless soul surrendered unto the Personality of Godhead. He once lost his mental equilibrium due to his ecstasy of transcendental love and fell down on the dust of a road which was marked with the footprints of Lord Kṛṣṇa.
When Akrūra came to Vṛndāvana in search of Kṛṣṇa, he saw the footprints of the Lord on the dust of Nanda-grāma and at once fell on them in ecstasy of transcendental love. This ecstasy is possible for a devotee who is fully absorbed in incessant thoughts of Kṛṣṇa. Such a pure devotee of the Lord is naturally faultless because he is always associated with the supremely pure Personality of Godhead. Constant thought of the Lord is the antiseptic method for keeping oneself free from the infectious contamination of the material qualities. The pure devotee of the Lord is always in company with the Lord by thinking of Him. Yet, in the particular context of time and place, the transcendental emotions take a different turn, and this breaks the mental equilibrium of the devotee. Lord Caitanya displayed the typical example of transcendental ecstasy, as we can understand from the life of this incarnation of God.
Steven J. Rosen, also known as Satyaraja Dasa (born 1955), is an American author. He is the founding editor of The Journal of Vaishnava Studies and an associate editor of Back to Godhead, the magazine of the Hare Krishna Movement. He authored more than 20 books on Vaishnavism and related subjects.including Black Lotus: The Spiritual Journey of an Urban Mystic (2007), which is the life story of Bhakti Tirtha Swami.
Steven J. Rosen has a strong view on vegetarianism and has written Diet for Transcendence: Vegetarianism and the World Religions (1997, previously published as Food for the Spirit) and Holy Cow: The Hare Krishna Contribution to Vegetarianism and Animal Rights (2004). In the former volume, he systematically explains the practice of vegetarianism in various religious traditions, such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism, with special attention to the philosophical schools of India. In the latter, citing the devotee-scholar Bhaktivinoda Thakur (1838–1914) and the Hindu savant Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (1927–2001), he looks at early Vedic tradition, animal sacrifices, and the innovative contributions of the Hare Krishna movement.