Devotion Makes Krishna Darshan
Srimad Bhagavatam 10.86.16-17 - Devotion Makes Krishna Darshan (download mp3)
by Param Hamsa Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
tatha tad-rastra-palo ’nga
bahulasva iti srutah
ubhav apy acyuta-priyau
Similarly free from false ego was the ruler of that kingdom, my dear Pariksit, a descendant of the Mithila dynasty named Bahulasva. Both these devotees were very dear to Lord Acyuta.
tayoh prasanno bhagavan
aruhya sakam munibhir
videhan prayayau prabhuh
Pleased with both of them, the Supreme Personality of Godhead mounted His chariot, which Daruka had brought, and traveled to Videha with a group of sages.
In his commentary on this verse, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti states that Srutadeva and Bahulasva were unable to travel to Dvaraka to see Lord Krsna because both of them had vowed to regularly worship their personal Deity at home. Sri Krsna was very glad to go out of His way to give them both His audience, and while leaving Dvaraka He insisted that the sages who wanted to come with Him should join Him on His chariot, because otherwise they would exhaust themselves following on foot. Renowned sages would ordinarily never even consider traveling in such an opulent conveyance, but on the Lord’s order they put aside their natural aversion and joined Him on His chariot.