Broader Intelligence

Hare Krishna Devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.

Srila Sukadeva Goswami while explaining about "Pure Devotional Service", which definitely would bring a change in our heart, says in Srimad Bhagavatam 2.3.10 as follows,

akāmaḥ sarva-kāmo vā mokṣa-kāma udāra-dhīḥ
tīvreṇa bhakti-yogena yajeta puruṣaṁ param

A person who has broader intelligence, whether he be full of all material desire, without any material desire, or desiring liberation, must by all means worship the Supreme whole, the Personality of Godhead.

Irrespective of the type of desire one has, be it spiritual or material, everything is sanctioned only by the Supreme Lord. So a wise person who understands this truth will definitely surrender unto the Lord and serve Him with love. The intelligence of such persons are classified as, "udāra-dhīḥ" or "broader intelligence" in this verse. Krishna is source of all intelligence and those who worship in this mood, will definitely be of broader intelligence.

Opposite of udāra-dhīḥ is hṛta-jñānāḥ - the intelligence of one who has lost his senses. In Bhagavad Gita, 7.20 Lord Krishna explains about the people who surrender to demigods as follows,

kāmais tais tair hṛta-jñānāḥ prapadyante ’nya-devatāḥ
taṁ taṁ niyamam āsthāya prakṛtyā niyatāḥ svayā

Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.

The hṛta-jñānāḥ worship different demigods because they are influenced by the mode of passion and ignorance, but they do not understand that one cannot attain the desired result without the sanction of the Supreme Lord as mentioned in Bhagavad Gita 7.22

sa tayā śraddhayā yuktas tasyārādhanam īhate
labhate ca tataḥ kāmān mayaiva vihitān hi tān

Endowed with such a faith, he endeavors to worship a particular demigod and obtains his desires. But in actuality these benefits are bestowed by Me alone.

Just like how other ministers of various departments like Public Works Dept, Railway Dept, and Finance Dept execute their work, under the sanction of the Prime Minister, all demigods execute the orders of Supreme Lord. Nothing can happen without His sanction. People who don't know this eternal truth are called as "hṛta-jñānāḥ"

The pure devotees of Lord, have the real knowledge as said in Bhagavd Gita 7.19 that

bahūnāṁ janmanām ante jñānavān māṁ prapadyate
vāsudevaḥ sarvam iti sa mahātmā su-durlabhaḥ

After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all that is. Such a great soul is very rare.

Therefore a person with broader intelligence/outlook can see that the Supreme Lord is the ultimate authority even for the material benefit so even if he has desire for material enjoyment or for liberation, he must worship the Lord directly.

I pray to Guru and Gauranga that they bless me so that I shall worship the Lord at any circumstances of life with unflinching faith.

Your servant,
Yashoda Jivan das
Nashik.