Lessons From Nature
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.22.33-38 - Lessons From Nature (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Candramauli Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
aho esam varam janma
su-janasyeva yesam vai
vimukha yanti narthinah
Just see how these trees are maintaining every living entity! Their birth is successful. Their behavior is just like that of great personalities, for anyone who asks anything from a tree never goes away disappointed.
This translation is quoted from Srila Prabhupada’s Caitanya-caritamrta (Adi 9.46).
tokmaih kaman vitanvate
These trees fulfill one’s desires with their leaves, flowers and fruits, their shade, roots, bark and wood, and also with their fragrance, sap, ashes, pulp and shoots.
dehinam iha dehisu
pranair arthair dhiya vaca
It is the duty of every living being to perform welfare activities for the benefit of others with his life, wealth, intelligence and words.
This translation is quoted from Srila Prabhupada’s Caitanya-caritamrta (Adi-lila 9.42).
madhyato yamunam gatah
Thus moving among the trees, whose branches were bent low by their abundance of twigs, fruits, flowers and leaves, Lord Krsna came to the Yamuna River.
tatra gah payayitvapah
su-mrstah sitalah sivah
tato nrpa svayam gopah
kamam svadu papur jalam
The cowherd boys let the cows drink the clear, cool and wholesome water of the Yamuna. O King Pariksit, the cowherd boys themselves also drank that sweet water to their full satisfaction.
tasya upavane kamam
carayantah pasun nrpa
ksudh-arta idam abravan
Then, O King, the cowherd boys began herding the animals in a leisurely way within a small forest along the Yamuna. But soon they became afflicted by hunger and, approaching Krsna and Balarama, spoke as follows.
Srila Jiva Gosvami explains that the cowherd boys were concerned that Krsna would be hungry, and thus they feigned their own hunger so that Krsna and Balarama would make suitable arrangements to eat.
Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Twenty-second Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Krsna Steals the Garments of the Unmarried Gopis.”