Pradyumna: Translation: "My Lord, Your Lordship can easily be approached, but only by those who are materially exhausted. One who is on the path of material progress, trying to improve himself with respectable parentage, great opulence, high education and bodily beauty, cannot approach You with sincere feeling."
Prabhupāda: So these are the disqualifications. Material opulence, these things . . . janma, to take birth in very aristocratic family or nation. Just like you American boys and girls, you are born of rich father, mother, nation. So this is, in one sense, it is God's grace. That is also . . . to take birth in nice family or in nice nation, to become opulent, very rich, to become advanced in knowledge, education, all, everything material—and beauty—these are the gifts of pious activities. Otherwise, why a poor man, he does not attract anyone's attention? But a rich man attracts. Educated man attracts the attention. A fool, rascal, does not attract attention. So similarly in beauty, in opulence, these things are materially very beneficial. Janmaiśvarya-śruta.
But when a person is materially opulent in this way, he becomes intoxicated, "Oh, I am rich man. I am educated man. I have got money." Becomes intoxicated. Therefore we advise . . . because they're already intoxicated by these possession. And again intoxication? Then, by nature, these people are already intoxicated. Intoxicated in this sense: Just like if you drink wine, you become intoxicated. You are flying in the sky. You are thinking like that. You have gone to the heaven. Yes. So these are the effects of intoxication. But the intoxicated person does not know that this intoxic . . . intoxication will be finished. It is within the time limit. It is not going to continue. That is called illusion. One is intoxication that, "I am very rich. I am very educated. I am very beautiful. I am very . . . I am born in high family, in high nation." That's all right. But this intoxication, how long it will exist?
Suppose you are American. You are rich, you are beautiful, you are advanced in knowledge, and you are . . . you can be proud of become American. But how long this intoxication will exist? As soon as this body's finished, everything is finished. All, all intoxication. Just like . . . same thing: You drink something, become intoxicated. But as soon as that intoxication is over, all your intoxicated dreams are over, finished. So this intoxication, if you remain in intoxication, hover in the sky and mental platform . . . these are mental platform, egoistic platform, bodily platform.
But you are not this body, not this gross body and the subtle body. This gross body is made of earth, water, air, fire, sky, and the subtle body is made of mind, intelligence and ego. But you do not belong to these eight elements. Apareyam, in the Bhagavad-gītā. This is inferior energy of God. Even one is very mentally advanced, he does not know that he's under the influence of inferior energy. He does not know. That is intoxication. Just like intoxicated person does not know in what condition he is. So this opulent position is intoxication. And if you increase your intoxication . . . the modern civilization is that we are already intoxicated, and increase the intoxication. We have to become out of the intoxication situation. But the modern civilization is increasing that, "You become more intoxicated, more intoxicated, and go to hell." This is the position of the modern civilization.