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SB 1.19.

atho vihāyemam amuṁ ca lokaṁ
vimarśitau heyatayā purastāt
kṛṣṇāṅghri-sevām adhimanyamāna
upāviśat prāyam amartya-nadyām


atho — thus; vihāya — giving up; imam — this; amum — and the next; ca — also; lokam — planets;
vimarśitau — all of them being judged; heyatayā — because of inferiority; purastāt — hereinbefore;
kṛṣṇa-aṅghri — the lotus feet of the Lord, Śrī Kṛṣṇa; sevām — transcendental loving service;
adhimanyamānaḥ — one who thinks of the greatest of all achievements; upāviśat — sat down
firmly; prāyam — for fasting; amartya-nadyām — on the bank of the transcendental river (the
Ganges or the Yamunā).


Mahārāja Parīkṣit sat down firmly on the banks of the Ganges to concentrate his mind in Kṛṣṇa
consciousness, rejecting all other practices of self-realization, because transcendental loving service
to Kṛṣṇa is the greatest achievement, superseding all other methods.


For a devotee like Mahārāja Parīkṣit, none of the material planets, even the topmost
Brahmaloka, is as desirable as Goloka Vṛndāvana, the abode of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the primeval
Lord and original Personality of Godhead. This earth is one of the innumerable material
planets within the universe, and there are innumerable universes also within the compass of
the mahat-tattva. The devotees are told by the Lord and His representatives, the spiritual
masters or ācāryas, that not one of the planets within all the innumerable universes is suitable
for the residential purposes of a devotee. The devotee always desires to go back home, back
to Godhead, just to become one of the associates of the Lord in the capacity of servitor,
friend, parent or conjugal lover of the Lord, either in one of the innumerable Vaikuṇṭha
planets or in Goloka Vṛndāvana, the planet of Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. All these planets are eternally
situated in the spiritual sky, the paravyoma, which is on the other side of the Causal Ocean
within the mahat-tattva. Mahārāja Parīkṣit was already aware of all this information due to
his accumulated piety and birth in a high family of devotees, Vaiṣṇavas, and thus he was not
at all interested in the material planets. Modern scientists are very eager to reach the moon by
material arrangements, but they cannot conceive of the highest planet of this universe. But a
devotee like Mahārāja Parīkṣit does not care a fig for the moon or, for that matter, any of the
material planets. So when he was assured of his death on a fixed date, he became more
determined in the transcendental loving service of Lord Kṛṣṇa by complete fasting on the
bank of the transcendental river Yamunā, which flows down by the capital of Hastināpura (in
the Delhi state). Both the Ganges and the Yamunā are amartyā (transcendental) rivers, and
the Yamunā is still more sanctified for the following reasons.