Respecting All Avatar's of Krishna
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.72.18-19 - Respecting All Avatar's of Krishna (download mp3)
by Akinchana Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
rajan viddhy atithin praptan
arthino duram agatan
tan nah prayaccha bhadram te
yad vayam kamayamaheTranslation:
[Krsna, Arjuna and Bhima said:] O King, know us to be needy guests who have come to you from afar. We wish all good unto you. Please grant us whatever we desire.
kim durmarsam titiksunam
kim akaryam asadhubhih
kim na deyam vadanyanam
kah parah sama-darsinam
What can the tolerant not bear? What will the wicked not do? What will the generous not give in charity? And who will those of equal vision see as an outsider?
In the previous verse, Lord Krsna and the two Pandava brothers, Bhima and Arjuna, requested Jarasandha to grant them whatever they asked of him. Here they explain why there is no need for them to specify their desire.
The acaryas comment on this verse as follows: Jarasandha might be thinking, “What if you request my son, from whom separation would be intolerable?”
To this possible objection Krsna and the Pandavas reply, “For a tolerant person, nothing is intolerable.”
Similarly, Jarasandha could object, “What if you ask me to give my body or my precious jewels and other ornaments, which are meant to be given to my sons, not to ordinary beggars?”
To this they reply, “For the generous, what is not to be donated in charity?” In other words, everything is to be given.
Jarasandha might also object that he could be giving charity to his enemies. To this his guests counter with the statement kah parah sama-darsinam: “For those with equal vision, who is a stranger?”
Thus Sri Krsna and the Pandavas encouraged Jarasandha to simply agree to grant their request without further discussion.