Principles of guru tattva
SB 10-80-35-38 - Principles of guru tattva (download mp3)
by Shyamanand Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
api naḥ smaryate brahman
vṛttaṁ nivasatāṁ gurau
apartau su-mahad dvija
vāta-varṣam abhūt tīvraṁ
O brāhmaṇa, do you remember what happened to us while we were living with our spiritual master? Once our guru’s wife sent us to fetch firewood, and after we entered the vast forest, O twice-born one, an unseasonal storm arose, with fierce wind and rain and harsh thunder.
Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī explains that this storm arose during winter and was therefore unseasonal.
sūryaś cāstaṁ gatas tāvat
tamasā cāvṛtā diśaḥ
nimnaṁ kūlaṁ jala-mayaṁ
na prājñāyata kiñcana
Then, as the sun set, the forest was covered by darkness in every direction, and with all the flooding we could not distinguish high land from low.
vayaṁ bhṛśam tatra mahānilāmbubhir
nihanyamānā mahur ambu-samplave
diśo ’vidanto ’tha parasparaṁ vane
Constantly besieged by the powerful wind and rain, we lost our way amidst the flooding waters. We simply held each other’s hands and, in great distress, wandered aimlessly about the forest.
Śrīla Śrīdhara Svāmī points out that the verb paribabhrima may be understood to be the prefix pari with either the verb bhṛ or bhram. In the case of bhram, it indicates that Kṛṣṇa and Sudāmā wandered all about, and in the case of bhṛ, which means “to carry,” it indicates that as the two young boys wandered about, they continued to carry the firewood they had secured for their spiritual master.