Srimad Bhagavatam 10.81.25 - Glories of Sudama's Wife (download mp3)
by Sahadeva Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
patim agatam akarnya
niscakrama grhat turnam
rupini srir ivalayat
When she heard that her husband had arrived, the brahmana’s wife quickly came out of the house in a jubilant flurry. She resembled the goddess of fortune herself emerging from her divine abode.
Srila Sridhara Svami points out that since Lord Krsna had turned Sudama’s home into a heavenly abode, everyone living there now possessed beautiful bodies and attire appropriate to the residents of heaven. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti adds this insight: The night before, Sudama’s poor, emaciated wife had been sleeping in rags under a crumbling roof, but when she woke in the morning she found herself and her house wonderfully changed. Only for a moment was she confused; she then realized that this opulence was the Lord’s gift to her husband, who must be on his way home. Thus she prepared to greet him.