The Only Prayer that Everyone Should Offer

From a lecture on Nsihadeva’s Appearance Day
by His Divine Grace Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami 14 May 1995 Bhubaneswar        


yadi dāsyasi me kāmān
varāṁs tvaṁ varadarṣabha
kāmānāṁ hṛdy asaṁrohaṁ
bhavatas tu vṛṇe varam


 “O my Lord, best of the givers of benediction, if You at all want to bestow a desirable benediction upon me, then I pray from Your Lordship that within the core of my heart there be no material desires.” (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 7.10.70)


Srila Gour Govinda Swami: Offer this prayer, and if the Lord grants this boon then material desires will be gone. This is the prayer that all should offer. We have so many lusty desires. Who will root them out? So everybody should offer prayers at the lotus feet of the Lord from the core of the heart. “If You want to give me a boon, please take away all lusty desire so that never at any time, in any condition, under any circumstance will material desires crop up in my heart.” When Nṛsiṁhadeva was ready to give him any boon he desired, Prahlāda Mahārāja asked for this boon.