Reaching the Zenith of Perfection

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.48.02-04 - Reaching the Zenith of Perfection (download mp3)
by Prem Kishore Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.48.2
maharhopaskarair adhyam
dhupaih surabhibhir dipaih
 srag-gandhair api manditam

Trivakra’s home was opulently appointed with expensive furnishings and replete with sensual accoutrements meant to inspire sexual desire. There were banners, rows of strung pearls, canopies, fine beds and sitting places, and also fragrant incense, oil lamps, flower garlands and aromatic sandalwood paste.

According to Sridhara Svami, the sensual accoutrements in Trivakra’s house included explicit sexual pictures. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti adds that her paraphernalia included herbal aphrodisiacs. It is not hard to guess Trivakra’s intention, yet Lord Krsna went there to save her from material existence.

SB 10.48.3
grham tam ayantam aveksya sasanat
 sadyah samutthaya hi jata-sambhrama
yathopasangamya sakhibhir acyutam
 sabhajayam asa sad-asanadibhih

When Trivakra saw Him arriving at her house, she at once rose from her seat in a flurry. Coming forward graciously with her girlfriends, she respectfully greeted Lord Acyuta by offering Him an excellent seat and other articles of worship.

SB 10.48.4
tathoddhavah sadhutayabhipujito
 nyasidad urvyam abhimrsya casanam
krsno ’pi turnam sayanam maha-dhanam
 vivesa lokacaritany anuvratah

Uddhava also received a seat of honor, since he was a saintly person, but he simply touched it and sat on the floor. Then Lord Krsna, imitating the manners of human society, quickly made Himself comfortable on an opulent bed.

According to the acaryas, Uddhava felt reverence for his Lord and thus declined to sit on an opulent seat in His presence; rather, he touched the seat with his hand and sat on the floor. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti adds that Lord Krsna made Himself comfortable on a bed located in the inner chambers of Trivakra’s home.