Srimad Bhagavatam 10.48.27-30 - Beautiful Prayers of Akrura (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Vrishabanu Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
distya janardana bhavan iha nah pratito
yogesvarair api durapa-gatih suresaih
chindhy asu nah suta-kalatra-dhanapta-geha-
It is by our great fortune, Janardana, that You are now visible to us, for even the masters of yoga and the foremost demigods can achieve this goal only with great difficulty. Please quickly cut the ropes of our illusory attachment for children, wife, wealth, influential friends, home and body. All such attachment is simply the effect of Your illusory material energy.
ity arcitah samstutas ca
bhaktena bhagavan harih
akruram sa-smitam praha
girbhih sammohayann iva
[Sukadeva Gosvami continued:] Thus worshiped and fully glorified by His devotee, the Supreme Lord Hari smilingly addressed Akrura, completely charming him with His words.
tvam no guruh pitrvyas ca
slaghyo bandhus ca nityada
vayam tu raksyah posyas ca
anukampyah praja hi vah
The Supreme Lord said: You are Our spiritual master, paternal uncle and praiseworthy friend, and We are like your sons, always dependent on your protection, sustenance and compassion.
sreyas-kamair nrbhir nityam
devah svartha na sadhavah
Exalted souls like you are the true objects of service and the most worshipable authorities for those who desire the highest good in life. Demigods are generally concerned with their own interests, but saintly devotees never are.
Whereas demigods may award material benefit, saintly devotees of the Lord have the power to award the real perfection of life, Krsna consciousness. Thus Lord Krsna reinforces the respectful mood He has adopted here toward His uncle Akrura.