tatrÄbhavad bhagavÄn vyÄsa-putro
yadá¹cchayÄ gÄm aá¹amÄno 'napeká¹£aá¸¥
alaká¹£ya-liá¹ go nija-lÄbha-tuá¹£á¹o
vá¹taÅ ca bÄlair avadhÅ«ta-veá¹£aá¸¥
tatra - there; abhavat - appeared; bhagavÄn - powerful; vyÄsa-putraá¸¥ - son of VyÄsadeva; yadá¹cchayÄ - as one desires; gÄm - the earth; aá¹amÄnaá¸¥ - while traveling; anapeká¹£aá¸¥ - disinterested; alaká¹£ya - unmanifested; liá¹ gaá¸¥ - symptoms; nija-lÄbha - self-realized; tuá¹£á¹aá¸¥ - satisfied; vá¹taá¸¥ - surrounded; ca - and; bÄlaiá¸¥ - by children; avadhÅ«ta - neglected by others; veá¹£aá¸¥ - dressed.
The word bhagavÄn is sometimes used in relation with some of the great devotees of the Lord, like Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ«. Such liberated souls are disinterested in the affairs of this material world because they are self-satisfied by the great achievements of devotional service. As explained before, Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ« never accepted any formal spiritual master, nor did he undergo any formal reformatory performances. His father, VyÄsadeva, was his natural spiritual master because Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ« heard ÅrÄ«mad-BhÄgavatam from him. After this, he became completely self-satisfied. Thus he was not dependent on any formal process. The formal processes are necessary for those who are expected to reach the stage of complete liberation, but ÅrÄ« Åukadeva GosvÄmÄ« was already in that status by the grace of his father. As a young boy he was expected to be properly dressed, but he went about naked and was uninterested in social customs. He was neglected by the general populace, and inquisitive boys and women surrounded him as if he were a madman. He thus appears on the scene while traveling on the earth of his own accord. It appears that upon the inquiry of MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it, the great sages were not unanimous in their decision as to what was to be done. For spiritual salvation there were many prescriptions according to the different modes of different persons. But the ultimate aim of life is to attain the highest perfectional stage of devotional service to the Lord. As doctors differ, so also sages differ in their different prescriptions. While such things were going on, the great and powerful son of VyÄsadeva appeared on the scene.