Lessons from Akrura's Character

2014-02-26
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.39.07-12 - Lessons from Akrura's Character (download mp3)
by Radhika Vallabha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
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SB 10.39.7
distyadya darsanam svanam
 mahyam vah saumya kanksitam
sañjatam varnyatam tata
 tavagamana-karanam

Translation:
By good fortune We have today fulfilled Our desire to see you, Our dear relative. O gentle uncle, please tell Us why you have come.


SB 10.39.8
sri-suka uvaca
prsto bhagavata sarvam
 varnayam asa madhavah
vairanubandham yadusu
 vasudeva-vadhodyamam

Translation:
Sukadeva Gosvami said: In response to the Supreme Lord’s request, Akrura, the descendant of Madhu, described the whole situation, including King Kamsa’s enmity toward the Yadus and his attempt to murder Vasudeva.

SB 10.39.9
yat-sandeso yad-artham va
 dutah sampresitah svayam
yad uktam naradenasya
 sva-janmanakadundubheh

Translation:
Akrura relayed the message he had been sent to deliver. He also described Kamsa’s real intentions and how Narada had informed Kamsa that Krsna had been born as the son of Vasudeva.


SB 10.39.10
srutvakrura-vacah krsno
 balas ca para-vira-ha
prahasya nandam pitaram
 rajña distam vijajñatuh

Translation:
Lord Krsna and Lord Balarama, the vanquisher of heroic opponents, laughed when They heard Akrura’s words. The Lords then informed Their father, Nanda Maharaja, of King Kamsa’s orders.

SB 10.39.11-12
gopan samadisat so ’pi
 grhyatam sarva-go-rasah
upayanani grhnidhvam
 yujyantam sakatani ca
yasyamah svo madhu-purim
 dasyamo nrpate rasan
draksyamah su-mahat parva
 yanti janapadah kila
evam aghosayat ksatra
 nanda-gopah sva-gokule

Translation:
Nanda Maharaja then issued orders to the cowherd men by having the village constable make the following announcement throughout Nanda’s domain of Vraja: “Go collect all the available milk products. Bring valuable gifts and yoke your wagons. Tomorrow we shall go to Mathura, present our milk products to the King and see a very great festival. The residents of all the outlying districts are also going.”

Purport:
Nanda wanted to bring ghee and other milk products as taxes for the King.

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