The ocean of the material world (would be) like the water contained in a calf’s hoof-print


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.58


samāśritā ye pada-pallava-plavaṁ
mahat-padaṁ puṇya-yaśo murāreḥ
bhavāmbudhir vatsa-padaṁ paraṁ padaṁ
padaṁ padaṁ yad vipadāṁ na teṣām


samāśritāḥ—having taken shelter; ye—those who; pada—of the feet; pallava—like flower buds; plavam—which are a boat; mahat—of the total material creation, or of the great souls; padam—the shelter; puṇya—supremely pious; yaśaḥ—whose fame; mura-areḥ—of the enemy of the demon Mura; bhava—of the material existence; ambudhiḥ—the ocean; vatsa-padam—the hoof-print of a calf; param padam—the supreme abode, Vaikuṇṭha; padam padam—at every step; yat—where; vipadām—of material miseries; na—none; teṣām—for them.


For those who have accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Murāri, the enemy of the Mura demon, the ocean of the material world is like the water contained in a calf’s hoof-print. Their goal is paraṁ padam, Vaikuṇṭha, the place where there are no material miseries, not the place where there is danger at every step.


This translation is taken from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s commentary on the Bhagavad-gītā As It Is, Chapter Two, Text 51.

According to Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī, this verse summarizes the knowledge presented in this section of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Lord Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet are described as pallava, flower buds, because they are most tender and of a pinkish hue. According to Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī, the word pallava also indicates that Lord Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet are just like desire trees, which can fulfill all the desires of the Lord’s pure devotees. Even exalted devotees like Śrī Nārada, who are themselves the great shelter for the conditioned souls in this universe, personally take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Thus it is natural that when Lord Kṛṣṇa manifested Himself as all the young boys and calves of Vṛndāvana, their parents were more attracted to them than previously. Lord Kṛṣṇa is the reservoir of all pleasure and, being all-attractive, the ultimate object of everyone’s love.




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