Srimad Bhagavatam 10.81.17-20 - Sudama's Disposition after Meeting Krishna (download mp3)
by Jayadvaita Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
paryanke bhrataro yatha
mahisya vijitah sranto
He treated me just like one of His brothers, making me sit on the bed of His beloved consort. And because I was fatigued, His queen personally fanned me with a yak-tail camara.
Although He is the Lord of all demigods and the object of worship for all brahmanas, He worshiped me as if I were a demigod myself, massaging my feet and rendering other humble services.
rasayam bhuvi sampadam
sarvasam api siddhinam
Devotional service to His lotus feet is the root cause of all the perfections a person can find in heaven, in liberation, in the subterranean regions and on earth.
adhano ’yam dhanam prapya
madyann uccair na mam smaret
iti karuniko nunam
dhanam me ’bhuri nadadat
Thinking “If this poor wretch suddenly becomes rich, he will forget Me in his intoxicating happiness,” the compassionate Lord did not grant me even a little wealth.
Sudama’s statement that Lord Krsna bestowed on him “not even a little wealth” may also be taken to mean that instead of giving him wealth that was abhuri, “slight,” the Lord in fact gave him the immense treasure of His association. This alternate meaning has been suggested by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti.