Srimad Bhagavatam 10.24.03-04 - Krishna's Mercy on Govardhan (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Vishwarup Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
kathyatam me pitah ko ’yam
sambhramo va upagatah
kim phalam kasya voddesah
kena va sadhyate makhah
[Lord Krsna said:] My dear father, kindly explain to Me what this great endeavor of yours is all about. What is it meant to accomplish? If this is a ritual sacrifice, then for whose satisfaction is it intended and by what means is it going to be executed?
etad bruhi mahan kamo
mahyam susrusave pitah
na hi gopyam hi sadhunam
krtyam sarvatmanam iha
Please tell Me about it, O father. I have a great desire to know and am ready to hear in good faith. Certainly, no secrets are to be kept by saintly personalities, who see all others as equal to themselves, who have no conception of “mine” or “another’s” and who do not consider who is a friend, who is an enemy and who is neutral.
Lord Krsna’s father might have thought that his son was a mere child and thus could not properly question the validity of a Vedic sacrifice. But the Lord’s clever statement here would certainly have convinced Nanda that Sri Krsna was making a serious, not a whimsical, inquiry and that a serious answer should thus be given.