Real Wealth that Cures Poverty of the Heart
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.81.38-39 - Real Wealth that Cures Poverty of the Heart (download mp3)
by Vidagdha Madhava Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
ittham vyavasito buddhya
bhakto ’tiva janardane
visayan jayaya tyaksyan
[Sukadeva Gosvami continued:] Thus firmly fixing his determination by means of his spiritual intelligence, Sudama remained absolutely devoted to Lord Krsna, the shelter of all living beings. Free from avarice, he enjoyed, together with his wife, the sense pleasures that had been bestowed upon him, always with the idea of eventually renouncing all sense gratification.
tasya vai deva-devasya
harer yajña-pateh prabhoh
brahmanah prabhavo daivam
na tebhyo vidyate param
Lord Hari is the God of all gods, the master of all sacrifices, and the supreme ruler. But He accepts the saintly brahmanas as His masters, and so there exists no deity higher than them.
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti points out that even though Sri Krsna is the supreme ruler of creation, He accepts the brahmanas as His masters; even though He is the God of all gods, the brahmanas are His deities; and even though He is the Lord of all sacrifices, He performs sacrifices to worship them.