Demigods desire human birth to achieve devotional service.
Post Author: JagannathaGaurangadasa Date: 2008-01-20 23:47:41
Here is a verse from Caitanya Bhagavata. Even the demigods in the heavenly planets desire a human birth on earth because it is a rare opportunity to destroy the cycle of birth and death.
CB Adi-khanda 8.203
ye nara-sharira lagi?deve kamya kare
taha vyartha yaya mithya sukhera vihare
“Their human form of life, which is desired even by the demigods, is being wasted in the pursuit of false happiness.
The first line of this verse indicates that only the human birth is favorable for worshiping Lord Hari. Therefore it is desired even by the demigods. The demigods?prayers in the Shrimad Bhagavatam (5.19.21-25) in this regard are as follows: “Since the human form of life is the sublime position for spiritual realization, all the demigods in heaven speak in this way: How wonderful it is for these human beings to have been born in the land of Bharata-varsha. They must have executed pious acts of austerity in the past, or the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself must have been pleased with them. Otherwise, how could they engage in devotional service in so many ways? We demigods can only aspire to achieve human births in Bharata-varsha to execute devotional service, but these human beings are already engaged there.
“After performing the very difficult tasks of executing Vedic ritualistic sacrifices, undergoing austerities, observing vows and giving charity, we have achieved this position as inhabitants of the heavenly planets. But what is the value of this achievement? Here we are certainly very engaged in material sense gratification, and therefore we can hardly remember the lotus feet of Lord Narayana. Indeed, because of our excessive sense gratification, we have almost forgotten His lotus feet.
“A short life in the land of Bharata-varsha is preferable to a life achieved in Brahmaloka for millions and billions of years because even if one is elevated to Brahmaloka, he must return to repeated birth and death. Although life in Bharata-varsha, in a lower planetary system, is very short, one who lives there can elevate himself to full Krishna consciousness and achieve the highest perfection, even in this short life, by fully surrendering unto the lotus feet of the Lord. Thus one attains Vaikunthaloka, where there is neither anxiety nor repeated birth in a material body.