Vedic Culture of Respect

Simad Bhagavatam 10.81.11-13 - Vedic Culture of Respect (download mp3)
by Adi Keshav Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.81.11
etavatalam visvatman
asmin loke ’tha vamusmin
 pumsas tvat-tosa-karanam

[Queen Rukmini said:] This is more than enough, O Soul of the universe, to secure him an abundance of all kinds of wealth in this world and the next. After all, one’s prosperity depends simply on Your satisfaction.

SB 10.81.12
brahmanas tam tu rajanim
bhuktva pitva sukham mene
 atmanam svar-gatam yatha

[Sukadeva Gosvami continued:] The brahmana spent that night in Lord Acyuta’s palace after eating and drinking to his full satisfaction. He felt as if he had gone to the spiritual world.

SB 10.81.13
svo-bhute visva-bhavena
jagama svalayam tata
 pathy anavrajya nanditah

The next day, Sudama set off for home while being honored by Lord Krsna, the self-satisfied maintainer of the universe. The brahmana felt greatly delighted, my dear King, as he walked along the road.

We are here reminded that Lord Krsna maintains the supply of desirable objects for the whole universe. Therefore it is to be understood that He was about to manifest for Sudama opulence greater than Indra’s. Being sva-sukha, perfectly complete in His own bliss, the Lord has an unlimited capacity for bestowing gifts.

According to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, the word abhivanditah indicates that Sri Krsna accompanied Sudama on the road for a short distance and finally parted with the brahmana after bowing down to him and speaking some respectful words.