Namaste dear devotees
The son might be as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but such a material desire- be it great or insignificant- is brought about the influence of maya. A devotee does not desire anything for sense gratification. Devotion is therefore explained as devoid of material desires (anyabhilasita-sunya). Everyone is subjected to the influence of maya and entangled in all kinds of material desire.
SB 5.3.14 Rsabhadeva's Appearance

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  • Hare Krishna,

    Wanting a son like Supreme Personality of Godhead is not a sense gratification. But that is not possible also, beacause Lord is one without a second.

    Vasudeva was Sutapā in his former life, and Devakī was Pṛśni. Sutapā means one who can perform austerities and penance very nicely. Su means nicely, and tapaḥ. So they underwent austerities and penance to get a son like Kṛṣṇa.

    So when Kṛṣṇa was pleased with their tapasya, they wanted: "My Lord, we want a, a son like You." "So where is like Me?" Kṛṣṇa is asamordhva. There is nobody equal to Kṛṣṇa; nobody is greater than... Otherwise, how He can be great? If somebody is greater than Him, then how He can be great? Nobody can be greater than Him. That is greatness, either you say in English language or Muhammadan language. Allah akbar: "Allah, the Supreme Being, is the great." We also say, paraṁ brahma. So nobody can be greater than Him or equal. Asamordhva. So they wanted "a son like You." That means somebody must be equal to Him. "Like You" means equal to Him. So who can be equal to Kṛṣṇa? But He can expand Himself with many equals. Advaitam acyutam anādim ananta-rūpam (Bs. 5.33). Kṛṣṇa can expand Himself in millions' and millions' forms. Goloka eva nivasaty akhilātma-bhūtaḥ (Bs. 5.37). Everything is there. Although He is living in Goloka, still, by His omnipotency, omnipresence, He can be everywhere. ( Lecture 1.8.33 Mayapur, Oct 13, 1974)

    Hare krishna

    • Hare Krishna Mataji

      "Material opulence means riches, a nice family, a good wife and many followers, but an intelligent devotee doesn't ask the Supreme Lord for anything material."

      SB 5.3.13 Purport

      "Maharaja Nabhi was inclined to perform great sacrifices for begetting a son. Only a devotee can surpass maya's influence. It was no fault on Maharaja Nabhi's part that he wanted a son. He wanted a son like the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is the best of all sons."

      SB 5.3.14 Purport

      "The priests were certainly unhappy to have called the Supreme Lord from Vaikuntha for such an insignificant reason. By calling on the Supreme Lord, the priests of Maharaja Nabhi proved themselves unintelligent, the Lord came out of His causeless mercy. All of them therefore wanted to be excused by the Lord. People who approach the Lord in this way are not actually devotees. They are accepted as pious (sukrtinah). Not knowing the various activities and engagements of the Lord, such people unnecessarily disturb the Lord for material gain. The pure devotee is anyabhilasita-sunya; he has no motive behind his worship."

      SB 5.3.15

      'Since I cannot find anyone equal to Me, I shall personally expand Myself into a plenary portion and thus advent Myself in the womb of Merudevi, the wife of Maharaja Nabhi, the son of Agnidhra.'

      "This is an example of the omnipotence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although He is one without a second, He expands Himself by svamsa, His personal expansion, and sometimes by vibhinamsa, or His separated expansion. Lord Visnu herein agrees to send His personal expansion as the son of Merudevi, the wife of Maharaja Nabhi, who is the son of Agnidhra."

      SB 5.3.18 Translation and Purport

      Hari Bol


  • Hare Krishna Dipin Prabhu,

    welcome back. Your knowledge and love for reading Srimad Bhagwatam cannot be hidden. :-)

    • Hare Krishna

      Yes Mataji, but I'm still trying to change my approach. My  love for reading Bhagavatam is because of Prabhupada. If he says that the sun rises in the west and sets in the east, I will accept it. Just the faith is there that the spiritual master cannot be wrong. Perhaps, there is something we don't understand yet. Therefore, there is no point in arguing something that has been clearly stated by Prabhupada in his books even if it is against all our logic.

      Hari Bol

  • "A pure devotee never wants to see the Lord unnecessarily. The Lord is engaged in various activities, and the pure devotee does not want to see Him whimsically, for his own sense gratification. The pure devotee simply depends upon the Lord's mercy, and when the Lord is pleased, he can see Him face to face."
    The Srimad Bhagavatam 5.3.15 Purport

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