Devotee's Life is for Glorifying Krishna
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.72.06 - Devotee's Life is for Glorifying Krishna (download mp3)
by Hare Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
na brahmanah sva-para-bheda-matis tava syat
sarvatmanah sama-drsah sva-sukhanubhuteh
samsevatam sura-taror iva te prasadah
sevanurupam udayo na viparyayo ’tra
Within Your mind there can be no such differentiation as “This one is mine, and that is another’s,” because You are the Supreme Absolute Truth, the Soul of all beings, always equipoised and enjoying transcendental happiness within Yourself. Just like the heavenly desire tree, You bless all who properly worship You, granting their desired fruits in proportion to the service they render You. There is nothing wrong in this.
Srila Sridhara Svami explains that a desire tree has no material attachments or partiality but simply bestows its fruits upon those who deserve them, and not upon others. Jiva Gosvami Prabhupada adds that a desire tree does not think, “This person is fit to worship me, but that other person is not.” Rather, a desire tree is satisfied with all who properly serve it. And the Lord acts in the same way, as explained here by King Yudhisthira.
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti adds that no one should accuse Lord Krsna of being envious of one person and showing favoritism toward another. Since the Lord is sva-sukhanubhuti, experiencing His own happiness within Himself, He has nothing to gain or lose in relation to conditioned souls. Rather, He reciprocates according to how they approach Him. Srila Prabhupada very nicely sums up this point as follows in his rendering of King Yudhisthira’s statement: “If one takes to Krsna consciousness, his life becomes fulfilled both materially and spiritually. This does not mean that You are partial to the Krsna conscious person and indifferent to the non-Krsna conscious person. You are equal to everyone; that is Your declaration. You cannot be partial to one and not interested in others, because You are sitting in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul and giving everyone the respective results of his fruitive activities. You give every living entity the chance to enjoy this material world as he desires. As the Supersoul, You are sitting in the body along with the living entity, giving him the results of his own actions as well as opportunities to turn toward Your devotional service by developing Krsna consciousness. You openly declare that one should surrender unto You, giving up all other engagements, and that You will take charge of him, giving him relief from the reactions of all sins. You are like the desire tree in the heavenly planets, which awards benediction according to one’s desires. Everyone is free to achieve the highest perfection, but if one does not so desire, then Your awarding of lesser benedictions is not due to partiality.”