Srimad Bhagavatam 10.48.26 - Krishna will Never Disappoint Us (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Dwarakadhish Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
kah panditas tvad aparam saranam samiyad
bhakta-priyad rta-girah suhrdah krta-jñat
sarvan dadati suhrdo bhajato ’bhikaman
atmanam apy upacayapacayau na yasya
What learned person would approach anyone but You for shelter, when You are the affectionate, grateful and truthful well-wisher of Your devotees? To those who worship You in sincere friendship You reward everything they desire, even Your own self, yet You never increase or diminish.
This verse describes both the Lord and His devotees as suhrdah “well-wishers.” The Lord is the well-wisher of His devotee, and the devotee lovingly desires all happiness for the Lord. Even in this world, an excess of love may sometimes produce unnecessary solicitude. For example, we often observe that a mother’s loving concern for her adult child is not always justified by an actual danger to the child. A grown child may be wealthy, competent and healthy, and yet the mother’s loving concern continues. Similarly, a pure devotee always feels loving concern for Lord Krsna, as exemplified by mother Yasoda, who could only think of Krsna as her beautiful son.
Lord Krsna had promised Akrura that after killing Kamsa He would visit his home, and now the Lord kept His promise. Akrura recognizes this and glorifies the Lord as rta-girah, “one who is true to His word.” The Lord is krta-jña, grateful for whatever little worship a devotee offers, and even if the devotee forgets, the Lord does not.