Srimad Bhagavatam 10.58.08-10 - Krishna Cares For His Devotees (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Niranjana Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
tam aha prema-vaiklavya-
smaranti tan bahun klesan
So overcome by love that her throat choked up and her eyes filled with tears, Queen Kunti remembered the many troubles she and her sons had endured. Thus she addressed Lord Krsna, who appears before His devotees to drive away their distress
tadaiva kusalam no ’bhut
sa-nathas te krta vayam
jñatin nah smarata krsna
bhrata me presitas tvaya
[Queen Kunti said:] My dear Krsna, our welfare was assured only when You remembered us, Your relatives, and gave us Your protection by sending my brother to visit us.
na te ’sti sva-para-bhrantir
tathapi smaratam sasvat
klesan hamsi hrdi sthitah
For You, the well-wishing friend and Supreme Soul of the universe, there is never any illusion of “us” and “them.” Yet even so, residing within the hearts of all, You eradicate the sufferings of those who remember You constantly.
The intelligent Queen Kunti here points out that even though Lord Krsna is dealing with her affectionately as a relative, He is not compromising His position as the well-wishing Soul of the universe. In other words, the Lord doesn’t play favorites. As He says in the Bhagavad-gita (9.29), samo ’ham sarva-bhutesu: “I am equal to everyone.” So while the Lord reciprocates with all souls, it is natural that those who love Him intensely receive His special attention, for they want Him and nothing else.