na vÄ idaá¹ rÄjará¹£i-varya citraá¹
bhavatsu ká¹á¹£á¹aá¹ samanuvrateá¹£u
ye 'dhyÄsanaá¹ rÄja-kirÄ«á¹a-juá¹£á¹aá¹
sadyo jahur bhagavat-pÄrÅva-kÄmÄá¸¥
na - neither; vÄ - like this; idam - this; rÄjará¹£i - saintly king; varya - the chief; citram - astonishing; bhavatsu - unto all of you; ká¹á¹£á¹am - Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a; samanuvrateá¹£u - unto those who are strictly in the line of; ye - who; adhyÄsanam - seated on the throne; rÄja-kirÄ«á¹a - helmets of kings; juá¹£á¹am - decorated; sadyaá¸¥ - immediately; jahuá¸¥ - gave up; bhagavat - the Personality of Godhead; pÄrÅva-kÄmÄá¸¥ - desiring to achieve association.
Foolish politicians who hold political administrative posts think that the temporary posts they occupy are the highest material gain of life, and therefore they stick to those posts even up to the last moment of life, without knowing that achievement of liberation as one of the associates of the Lord in His eternal abode is the highest gain of life. The human life is meant for achieving this end. The Lord has assured us in the Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ many times that going back to Godhead, His eternal abode, is the highest achievement. PrahlÄda MahÄrÄja, while praying to Lord Ná¹siá¹ha, said, âO my Lord, I am very much afraid of the materialistic way of life, and I am not the least afraid of Your present ghastly ferocious feature as Ná¹siá¹ha-deva. This materialistic way of life is something like a grinding stone, and we are being crushed by it. We have fallen into this horrible whirlpool of the tossing waves of life, and thus, my Lord, I pray at Your lotus feet to call me back to Your eternal abode as one of Your servitors. This is the summit liberation of this materialistic way of life. I have very bitter experience of the materialistic way of life. In whichever species of life I have taken birth, compelled by the force of my own activities, I have very painfully experienced two things, namely separation from my beloved and meeting with what is not wanted. And to counteract them, the remedies which I undertook were more dangerous than the disease itself. So I drift from one point to another, birth after birth, and I pray to You therefore to give me a shelter at Your lotus feet.â
The PÄá¹á¸ava kings, who are more than many saints of the world, knew the bitter results of the materialistic way of life. They were never captivated by the glare of the imperial throne they occupied, and they sought always the opportunity of being called by the Lord to associate with Him eternally. MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it was the worthy grandson of MahÄrÄja Yudhiá¹£á¹hira. MahÄrÄja Yudhiá¹£á¹hira gave up the imperial throne to his grandson, and similarly MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it, the grandson of MahÄrÄja Yudhiá¹£á¹hira, gave up the imperial throne to his son Janamejaya. That is the way of all the kings in the dynasty because they are all strictly in the line of Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a. Thus the devotees of the Lord are never enchanted by the glare of materialistic life, and they live impartially, unattached to the objects of the false, illusory materialistic way of life.