samudram apah pravisanti yadvat
tadvat kama yam pravisanti sarve
sa santim apnoti na kama-kami
Word for word:
apuryamanam — always being ﬁlled; acala-pratistham — steadily situated; samudram — the ocean; apah — waters; pravisanti — enter; yadvat — as; tadvat — so; kamah — desires; yam — unto whom; pravisanti — enter; sarve — all; sah — that person; santim — peace; apnoti — achieves; na — not; kama-kami — one who desires to fulﬁll desires.
Translation by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
A person who is not disturbed by the incessant ﬂow of desires – that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being ﬁlled but is always still – can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.
Purport by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:
Although the vast ocean is always ﬁlled with water, it is always, especially during the rainy season, being ﬁlled with much more water. But the ocean remains the same – steady; it is not agitated, nor does it cross beyond the limit of its brink. That is also true of a person ﬁxed in Krishna consciousness. As long as one has the material body, the demands of the body for sense gratiﬁcation will continue. The devotee, however, is not disturbed by such desires, because of his fullness. A Krishna conscious man is not in need of anything, because the Lord fulﬁlls all his material necessities. Therefore he is like the ocean – always full in himself. Desires may come to him like the waters of the rivers that ﬂow into the ocean, but he is steady in his activities, and he is not even slightly disturbed by desires for sense gratiﬁcation. That is the proof of a Krishna conscious man – one who has lost all inclinations for material sense gratiﬁcation, although the desires are present. Because he remains satisﬁed in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, he can remain steady, like the ocean, and therefore enjoy full peace. Others, however, who want to fulﬁll desires even up to the limit of liberation, what to speak of material success, never attain peace. The fruitive workers, the salvationists, and also the yogis who are after mystic powers are all unhappy because of unfulﬁlled desires. But the person in Krishna consciousness is happy in the service of the Lord, and he has no desires to be fulﬁlled. In fact, he does not even desire liberation from the so-called material bondage. The devotees of Krishna have no material desires, and therefore they are in perfect peace.