Lesson From Akrura's Behaviour

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.57.35-37 - Lesson From Akrura's Behaviour (download mp3)
by Jagannath Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.57.35-36
 kathayitva priyah kathah
vijñatakhila-citta jñah
 smayamana uvaca ha
nanu dana-pate nyastas
 tvayy aste satadhanvana
syamantako manih sriman
 viditah purvam eva nah

Lord Krsna honored Akrura, greeted him confidentially and spoke pleasant words with him. Then the Lord, who was fully aware of Akrura’s heart by virtue of His being the knower of everything, smiled and addressed him: “O master of charity, surely the opulent Syamantaka jewel was left in your care by Satadhanva and is still with you. Indeed, We have known this all along.


Lord Krsna’s treatment of Akrura here confirms that he is actually a great devotee of the Lord.

SB 10.57.37
satrajito ’napatyatvad
 grhniyur duhituh sutah
dayam niniyapah pindan
 vimucyarnam ca sesitam

“Since Satrajit had no sons, his daughter’s sons should receive his inheritance. They should pay for memorial offerings of water and pinda, clear their grandfather’s outstanding debts and keep the remainder of the inheritance for themselves.

Srila Sridhara Svami quotes the following smrti injunction regarding inheritance: patni duhitaras caiva pitaro bhrataras tatha/tat-suta gotra-ja bandhuh sisyah sa-brahmacarinah. “The inheritance goes first to the wife, then [if the wife has passed away] to the daughters, then to the parents, then to the brothers, then to the brothers’ sons, then to family members of the same gotra as the deceased, and then to his disciples, including brahmacaris.”

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti adds that since Satrajit had no sons, since his wives were killed together with him, and since his daughter Satyabhama was not interested in the Syamantaka jewel, which constituted the inheritance, it rightfully belonged to her sons.

In Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Srila Prabhupada explains: “Lord Krsna indicated by this statement that Satyabhama was already pregnant and that her son would be the real claimant of the jewel and would certainly take the jewel from Akrura.”