Srimad Bhagavatam 10.38.02-07 - Remembering Krishna Always (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Dayananda Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
gacchan pathi maha-bhago
bhaktim param upagata
evam etad acintayat
As he traveled on the road, the great soul Akrura felt tremendous devotion for the lotus-eyed Personality of Godhead, and thus he began to consider as follows.
kim mayacaritam bhadram
kim taptam paramam tapah
kim vathapy arhate dattam
yad draksyamy adya kesavam
[Sri Akrura thought:] What pious deeds have I done, what severe austerities undergone, what worship performed or charity given so that today I will see Lord Kesava?
mamaitad durlabham manya
visayatmano yatha brahma-
Since I am a materialistic person absorbed simply in sense gratification, I think it is as difficult for me to have gotten this opportunity to see Lord Uttamahsloka as it would be for one born a sudra to be allowed to recite the Vedic mantras.
kvacit tarati kascana
But enough of such thoughts! After all, even a fallen soul like me can have the chance to behold the infallible Supreme Lord, for one of the conditioned souls being swept along in the river of time may sometimes reach the shore.
phalavams caiva me bhavah
yan namasye bhagavato
Today all my sinful reactions have been eradicated and my birth has become worthwhile, since I will offer my obeisances to the Supreme Lord’s lotus feet, which mystic yogis meditate upon.
kamso batadyakrta me ’ty-anugraham
draksye ’nghri-padmam prahito ’muna hareh
krtavatarasya duratyayam tamah
purve ’taran yan-nakha-mandala-tvisa
Indeed, today King Kamsa has shown me extreme mercy by sending me to see the lotus feet of Lord Hari, who has now appeared in this world. Simply by the effulgence of His toenails, many souls in the past have transcended the insurmountable darkness of material existence and achieved liberation.
Akrura noted how ironic it was that the envious, demoniac Kamsa had given him an extraordinary blessing by sending him to see the Supreme Lord Krsna.