Understanding the Reciprocation of Krishna
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.23.02-04 - Understanding the Reciprocation of Krishna (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Sridama Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
iti vijñapito gopair
prasidann idam abravit
Sukadeva Gosvami said: Thus entreated by the cowherd boys, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the son of Devaki, replied as follows, desiring to please certain of His devotees who were brahmanas’ wives.
satram angirasam nama
hy asate svarga-kamyaya
[Lord Krsna said:] Please go to the sacrificial arena where a group of brahmanas, learned in the Vedic injunctions, are now performing the Angirasa sacrifice to gain promotion to heaven.
tatra gatvaudanam gopa
aryasya mama cabhidham
When you go there, My dear cowherd boys, simply request some food. Declare to them the name of My elder brother, the Supreme Lord Balarama, and also My name, and explain that you have been sent by Us.
Lord Krsna encouraged His boyfriends to request charity without being embarrassed. In case the boys felt they had no right to personally approach such respectable brahmanas, the Lord told them to mention the names of Balarama and Krsna, the holy names of God.