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Purport by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati

O Lord of the Universe! I have no desire for material wealth, following, or beautiful poetry. You are the object of My worship and devotional love, life after life; I only pray that I may have unconditional love and devotion at Your lotus feet." Sundarim kavitam refers to the religious principles of the Vedas, dhanam refers to wealth, and janam means wife, children, relatives, etc.: I do not merely abhor sense gratification derived through religiosity, wealth and lust, but I am appalled at the idea of temporary mukti, or liberation, from the cycle of birth and death. I refuse to be enticed by these four Vedic goals (dharma, artha, kama and moksa), but want only to render service at Your lotus feet.


King Kulasekhar's prayer captures this mood:

O my Supreme Lord, I do not want to accumulate heaps of piety by performing sacrifices and executing prescribed duties as recommended in the scriptures, nor do I want great opulence and sense gratification. Whatever reactions I am destined to suffer for my past misdeeds, let them come. What I cherish is the hope that my deep devotion to Your lotus feet may remain undeviating in its firmness, birth after birth.


Persons who follow Vedic religiosity worship the sun-god; one who desires wealth worships Ganesa; those craving carnal pleasures worship Kali or Durga; those who strive for liberation worship Lord Siva; and those who worship Lord Vishnu, knowing Him to be the source of the Vedas, do so for material motives-they are not pure devotees. This type of Vedic worship is known as Pancopasana, or worship of the five primary demigods. Whether such ritualistic so-called followers of the Vedas worship with or without material desires, they are in fact worshipping impersonal brahman. (This is because the worship of Vishnu on an equal level with the demigods (who are actually His servants in every respect) ignores Vishnu's position as yajnesvara, the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is the ultimate sanctioning authority and beneficiary of all sacrifices. The implication is that the pancopasana worshipper, rejecting the verdict of the Vedas, accepts only the undifferentiated brahman as the supreme.-Ed.)


To worship Lord Vishnu purely and properly, one must render unmotivated devotional service to Him.