Keeping Krishna as the Centre of Life like Srila Rupa Goswami

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.48.10-11 - Keeping Krishna as the Centre of Life like Srila Rupa Goswami (download mp3)
by Gopinath Candra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.48.10
tasyai kama-varam dattva
 manayitva ca mana-dah
sahoddhavena sarvesah
 sva-dhamagamad rddhimat

Promising her the fulfillment of this lusty desire, considerate Krsna, Lord of all beings, paid Trivakra His respects and then returned with Uddhava to His own supremely opulent residence.

All the acaryas agree that the words kama-varam dattva indicate that Lord Krsna promised Trivakra He would fulfill her lusty desires.

SB 10.48.11
durardhyam samaradhya
 visnum sarvesvaresvaram
yo vrnite mano-grahyam
 asattvat kumanisy asau

Lord Visnu, the Supreme Lord of all lords, is ordinarily difficult to approach. One who has properly worshiped Him and then chooses the benediction of mundane sense gratification is certainly of poor intelligence, for he is satisfied with an insignificant result.

It is clear from the commentaries of the acaryas that the story of Trivakra is to be understood on two levels. On the one hand, she is understood to be a liberated soul, directly associating with the Lord and participating in His pastimes. On the other hand, her conduct is clearly meant to teach a lesson about what not to do in relation with Lord Krsna. Since all of the Lord’s pastimes are not only blissful but also didactic, there is no real contradiction in this pastime, since Trivakra’s purity and her bad example take place on two distinct levels. Arjuna is also considered a pure devotee, yet by initially disobeying Krsna’s instruction to fight, he also showed an example of what not to do. However, such “bad examples” always have happy endings in the blissful association of the Absolute Truth, Sri Krsna.