"As a great follower and devotee of the sage Narada, Maharaja Priyavrata
considered hellish the opulence's he had achieved by dint of fruitier activities
and mystic power, whether in the lower or heavenly planetary systems or in
Sri Rupa Gosvami has said that the position of a devotee is so
super excellent that a devotee does not consider any material opulence worth
having. There are different types of opulence's on earth, in the heavenly
planets and even in the lower planetary system, known as Patala. A devotee,
however, knows that they are all material, and consequently he is not at all
interested in them. As stated in Bhagavadgeeta, param drstva nivartate [Bg.
9.59]. Sometimes yogis and Jnanis voluntarily give up all material opulences to
practice their system of liberation and taste spiritual bliss. However, they
frequently fall down because artificial renunciation of material opulence's
cannot endure. One must have a superior taste in spiritual life; then he can
give up material opulence. Maharaja Priyavrata had already tasted spiritual
bliss, and therefore he had no interest in any of the material achievements
available in the lower, higher or middle planetary systems.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports to the Fifth Skandham, First Chapter, of
Srimad Bhagavatam, entitled "The Activities of Maharaja Priyavrata."
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