Twelve Steps to go Back to Godhead
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.26.23-24 - Twelve Steps to go Back to Godhead (download mp3) and (download mp4)
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ity addha mam samadisya
garge ca sva-grham gate
[Nanda Maharaja continued:] After Garga Rsi spoke these words to me and returned home, I began to consider that Krsna, who keeps us free from trouble, is actually an expansion of Lord Narayana.
iti nanda-vacah srutva
garga-gitam tam vrajaukasah
mudita nandam anarcuh
krsnam ca gata-vismayah
[Sukadeva Gosvami continued:] Having heard Nanda Maharaja relate the statements of Garga Muni, the residents of Vrndavana became enlivened. Their perplexity was gone, and they worshiped Nanda and Lord Krsna with great respect.
Srila Jiva Gosvami explains that in this verse the word anarcuh indicates that the residents of Vrndavana honored Nanda and Krsna with such offerings as fragrances, garlands and garments brought from their homes. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura adds that the residents of Vrndavana honored Nanda and Krsna with loving offerings of jewels and gold coins. Apparently, Lord Krsna was playing in the forest when this conversation took place, so when He returned home the residents of Vrndavana encouraged Him by decorating Him with beautiful yellow garments, necklaces, armlets, earrings and crowns, and by shouting, “All glories, all glories to the jewel of Vrndavana!”