ekeha kuru nandana
bahu sakha hy anantas ca
vyavasaya atmika resolute in Krsna consciousness; buddhih intelligence; eka only one; iha in this world; kuru nandana O beloved child of the Kurus; bahu sakhah having various branches; hi indeed; anantah unlimited; ca also; buddhayah intelligence; avyavasayinam of those who are not in Krsna consciousness.
Those who are on this path are resolute in purpose, and their aim is one. O beloved child of the Kurus, the intelligence of those who are irresolute is many branched.
(cn) “Ekeha”, become “one”, his intelligence is fixed, he is fixed in Krsna consciousness.
Why is this verse very dear to all of the devotees in ISKCON?
The reason is, Srila Prabhupada explains that when he was reading this verse, way back in the 1950’s, way before he left for USA, to begin this Krsna consciousness movement, and he was reading the commentary of Viswanatha C. Thakura on this verse, and this commentary struck him because it explains how important it is to have that “fixness” on the order of one’s spiritual master. And when Srila Prabhupada read that commentary he remembered the order that his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisidhanta Sarasvati Thakura gave him, to preach Krsna consciousness in the english speaking countries in the West and that strucked him.
Next are some excerpts, translated in english, from the original commentary of Srila Viswanatha C. Thakura:
“The best kind of intelligence I can have, is intelligence used in the service of Krsna. That intelligence is defined as “fixed” when it is intent upon my spiritual master’s instructions such as chanting the Name of Krsna, remember his activities, and performing service to His lotus feet instructions are my sadhana and my life both in the beginning stages of bhakti as well in bhakti’s perfectional stage. I desire only to follow his instructions, I accept nothing else as my life’s work even in dreams. Whether I am happy or distressed, whether the material world remains or is destroyed, I do not care. There is no loss for me. I simply must carry the orders of my spiritual master. Fixness upon his order is determined intelligence and devotional service and only by being fixed on his orders can such determined intelligence prosper.”