Srimad Bhagavatam 10.81.05 - Mood of a Devotee that Attracts Krishna (download mp3)
by Jayadvaita Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
ity ukto ’pi dviyas tasmai
vriditah pataye sriyah
na prayacchad avan-mukhah
[Sukadeva Gosvami continued:] Even after being addressed in this way, O King, the brahmana felt too embarrassed to offer his palmfuls of flat rice to the husband of the goddess of fortune. He simply kept his head bowed in shame.
According to Acarya Visvanatha Cakravarti, the description here of Krsna as “the husband of the goddess of fortune” implies that Sudama questioned himself, “How can the Lord of Sri eat this hard, stale rice?” By bowing his head, the brahmana revealed his meditation: “My dear master, please do not make me ashamed. Even if You request it from me repeatedly, I will not give this to You. I have made up my mind.” But the Lord countered with His own thought: “The intention you had fixed in your mind while coming here must not be frustrated, for you are My devotee.”