Friendship of servitude to Krishna is to uplift our Consciousness
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by Dayanidhi Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
pumān pūrṇaḥ praśāntaye
[Lord Kṛṣṇa continued:] We had many similar experiences while living in our spiritual master’s home. Simply by the grace of the spiritual master a person can fulfill life’s purpose and attain eternal peace.
kim asmābhir anirvṛttaṁ
yeṣāṁ vāso guror abhūt
The brāhmaṇa said: What could I possibly have failed to achieve, O Lord of lords, O universal teacher, since I was able to personally live with You, whose every desire is fulfilled, at the home of our spiritual master?
Sudāmā Brāhmaṇa wisely understands his extraordinary good fortune of having lived with Śrī Kṛṣṇa at the residence of their spiritual master. Thus whatever external difficulties they experienced were actually an expression of the Lord’s mercy, to teach the importance of service to the spiritual master.
Śrīla Prabhupāda renders the learned brāhmaṇa’s feelings as follows: “[Sudāmā said:] ‘My dear Kṛṣṇa, You are the Supreme Lord and the supreme spiritual master of everyone, and since I was fortunate enough to live with You in the house of our guru, I think I have nothing more to do in the matter of prescribed Vedic duties.’”
yasya cchando-mayaṁ brahma
deha āvapanaṁ vibho
śreyasāṁ tasya guruṣu
O almighty Lord, Your body comprises the Absolute Truth in the form of the Vedas and is thus the source of all auspicious goals of life. That You took up residence at the school of a spiritual master is simply one of Your pastimes in which You play the role of a human being.
Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda to the Tenth Canto, Eightieth Chapter, of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, entitled “The Brāhmaṇa Sudāmā Visits Lord Kṛṣṇa in Dvārakā.”