iti vyavacchidya sa pÄá¹á¸aveyaá¸¥
prÄyopaveÅaá¹ prati viá¹£á¹u-padyÄm
dadhau mukundÄá¹ ghrim ananya-bhÄvo
muni-vrato mukta-samasta-saá¹ gaá¸¥
iti - thus; vyavacchidya - having decided; saá¸¥ - the King; pÄá¹á¸aveyaá¸¥ - worthy descendant of the PÄá¹á¸avas; prÄya-upaveÅam - for fasting until death; prati - toward; viá¹£á¹u-padyÄm - on the bank of the Ganges (emanating from the lotus feet of Lord Viá¹£á¹u); dadhau - gave himself up; mukunda-aá¹ ghrim - unto the lotus feet of Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a; ananya - without deviation; bhÄvaá¸¥ - spirit; muni-vrataá¸¥ - with the vows of a sage; mukta - liberated from; samasta - all kinds of; saá¹ gaá¸¥ - association.
The water of the Ganges sanctifies all the three worlds, including the gods and the demigods, because it emanates from the lotus feet of the Personality of Godhead, Viá¹£á¹u. Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a is the fountainhead of the principle of viá¹£á¹u-tattva, and therefore shelter of His lotus feet can deliver one from all sins, including an offense committed by a king unto a brÄhmaá¹a. MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it, therefore, decided to meditate upon the lotus feet of Lord ÅrÄ« Ká¹á¹£á¹a, who is Mukunda, or the giver of liberations of all description. The banks of the Ganges or the YamunÄ give one a chance to remember the Lord continuously. MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it freed himself from all sorts of material association and meditated upon the lotus feet of Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a, and that is the way of liberation. To be free from all material association means to cease completely from committing any further sins. To meditate upon the lotus feet of the Lord means to become free from the effects of all previous sins. The conditions of the material world are so made that one has to commit sins willingly or unwillingly, and the best example is MahÄrÄja ParÄ«ká¹£it himself, who was a recognized sinless, pious king. But he also became a victim of an offense, even though he was ever unwilling to commit such a mistake. He was cursed also, but because he was a great devotee of the Lord, even such reverses of life became favorable. The principle is that one should not willingly commit any sin in his life and should constantly remember the lotus feet of the Lord without deviation. Only in such a mood will the Lord help the devotee make regular progress toward the path of liberation and thus attain the lotus feet of the Lord. Even if there are accidental sins committed by the devotee, the Lord saves the surrendered soul from all sins, as confirmed in all scriptures.
sva-pÄda-mÅ«laá¹ bhajataá¸¥ priyasya
tyaktÄny abhÄvasya hariá¸¥ pareÅaá¸¥
vikarma yac cotpatitaá¹ kathaÃ±cid
dhunoti sarvaá¹ há¹di sanniviá¹£á¹aá¸¥