(Kadamba Kanana Swami, June 2011)
The desire to enjoy the material world or the need of wanting to get out of this material world, is the same thing…..it’s still considered selfish.
‘Bhukti-mukti-siddhi-kāmī, sakali ‘aśānta.’
The sense enjoyer, the karmi or ‘mukti’ – the one who looks for liberation. ….or the ‘siddhi’ – the yogi who looks for mystic power – They’re all selfish. Still selfish…..still driven by self interest!
So all these kinds of things (that are described in the Srimad Bhagavatam) are meant to make us introspective….are meant to bring us to the point and recognise the selfishness within us! How self centred we are? How much is everything about me? And my personal position? And even in devotional service….my position in devotional service, where I am and from that platform serving Krishna – and this is also tested!