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"In this material world, nothing should be accepted for one’s sense gratification: everything should be accepted for the service of the Lord. This is the mentality of the spiritual world."

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This is from the Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.9.47

[This chapter of the Srimad-Bhagavatam is entitled, "The Dynasty of Amsuman." This chapter describes the colorful history of historic kings of the earth, specifically the dynasty of Amsuman, up to Khatvanga, and it also describes how Bhagiratha brought the water of the Ganges to this earth. Today's verse finds Maharaja Khatvanga expressing his detachment from materialistic life.]

TRANSLATION

Therefore I should now give up my attachment for things created by the external energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I should engage in thought of the Lord and should thus surrender unto Him. This material creation, having been created by the external energy of the Lord, is like an imaginary town visualized on a hill or in a forest. Every conditioned soul has a natural attraction and attachment for material things, but one must simply give up this attachment and surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

PURPORT (excerpt):

When passing through a mountainous region in an airplane, one may sometimes see a city in the sky with towers and palaces, or one may see similar things in a big forest. This is called a gandharva-pura, a phantasmagoria.

This entire world resembles such a phantasmagoria, and every materially situated person has attachment for it. But Khatvanga Maharaja, because of his advanced Krishna consciousness, was not interested in such things.

Even though a devotee may engage in apparently materialistic activities, he knows his position very well…If one engages all material things in relation with the loving service of the Lord, one is situated in yukta-vairagya, proper renunciation.

In this material world, nothing should be accepted for one’s sense gratification: everything should be accepted for the service of the Lord. This is the mentality of the spiritual world.

Maharaja Khatvanga advises that one give up material attachments and surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Thus one achieves success in life. This is pure bhakti-yoga, which involves vairagya-vidya — renunciation and knowledge.

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