Srimad Bhagavatam 10.84.65-66 - Krishna Conscious Friendship (download mp3)
by Mukunda Mala Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
ruroda tat-krtam maitrim
Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said: His heart softened by feelings of intimate sympathy, Vasudeva wept. His eyes brimmed with tears as he remembered the friendship Nanda had shown him.
nandas tu sakhyuh priya-krt
adya sva iti masams trin
yadubhir manito ’vasat
And on his part, Nanda was also full of affection for his friend Vasudeva. Thus during the following days Nanda would repeatedly announce, “I will be leaving later today” and “I will be leaving tomorrow.” But out of love for Krsna and Balarama he remained there for three more months, honored by all the Yadus.
After settling that he would leave first thing in the morning, Nanda would then decide, “I’ll go later today,” and then, when the afternoon came, he would say, “I’ll just stay until tomorrow.” Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti suggests one possible reason for his procrastination: Nanda secretly intended to bring Krsna back with him to Vraja but did not want to break Vasudeva’s heart. Thus his indecision continued for three months.