Skandham-5. Chapter-1. Slokam-19.
Lord Brahmä continued: My dear Priyavrata, seek shelter inside the opening
in the lotus of the feet of the Lord, whose navel is also like a lotus. Thus
conquer the six sense organs [the mind and knowledge-acquiring senses].
Accept material enjoyment because the Lord, extraordinarily, has ordered you
to do this. You will thus always be liberated from material association and be
able to carry out the Lord's orders in your constitutional position.
There are three kinds of men within this material world. Those who are
trying to enjoy the senses to the utmost are called karmés, above them are the
Jnanies, who try to conquer the urges of the senses, and above them are the
yogés, who have already conquered the senses. None of them, however, are
situated in a transcendental position. Only devotees. who belong to none of
the above-mentioned groups, are transcendental. As explained in
Mam ca yo vyabhicarena bhakti-yogena sevate
sa gunan samatetaiyatan brahma-bhuyaya kalpate.
"One who engages in full devotional service, who does not fall down in any
circumstance, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes
to the level of Brahman." Lord Brahmä herein advises Priyavrata to remain
transcendental in the fortress not of family life but of the lotus feet of the Lord
(abja-nabhanghri-saroja). When a bumblebee enters the opening of a lotus
flower and drinks its honey, it is fully protected by the petals of the lotus. The
bee is undisturbed by sunshine and other external influences. Similarly, one
who always seeks shelter at the lotus feet of the Personality of Godhead is
protected from all dangers. It is therefore said in Srimad Bhagavatham
samasrita ye pada-pallava-plavam
mahat-padam punya-yaso murareh
bhavambudhir vatsa-padam param padam
padam padam yad vipadam na desam.
For one who has taken shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord, everything
becomes easier. Indeed, even crossing the great ocean of nescience
(bhavam budhi) is exactly like crossing the hoofprint created by a calf
(vatsa-padam). For such a devotee, there is no question of remaining in a place
where every step is dangerous.