Srimad Bhagavatam 10.86.22-26 - Why is it Krishna gets attracted to his Devotees (download mp3)
by Dwarkadhish Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
te ’cyutam praptam akarnya
paura janapada nrpa
abhiyur muditas tasmai
Hearing that Lord Acyuta had arrived, O King, the residents of the cities and villages of Videha joyfully came forth to receive Him with offerings in their hands.
drstva ta uttamah-slokam
kair dhrtañjalibhir nemuh
sruta-purvams tatha munin
As soon as the people saw Lord Uttamahsloka, their faces and hearts blossomed with affection. Joining their palms above their heads, they bowed down to the Lord and to the sages accompanying Him, whom they had previously only heard about.
manvanau tam jagad-gurum
maithilah srutadevas ca
padayoh petatuh prabhoh
Both the King of Mithila and Srutadeva fell at the Lord’s feet, each thinking that the spiritual master of the universe had come there just to show him mercy.
atithyena saha dvijaih
maithilah srutadevas ca
At exactly the same time, King Maithila and Srutadeva each went forward with joined palms and invited the Lord of the Dasarhas to be his guest, along with the brahmana sages.
bhagavams tad abhipretya
ubhayor avisad geham
Wanting to please them both, the Lord accepted both their invitations. Thus He simultaneously went to both homes, and neither could see Him entering the other’s house.
According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti, Krsna visited Srutadeva and Bahulasva at the same time by manifesting Himself in duplicate forms, along with the sages. Thus King Bahulasva thought that Lord Krsna had come only to his house, leaving Srutadeva to return home disappointed, while Srutadeva believed that just the reverse was the case.
In Krsna, Srila Prabhupada remarks: “That [Lord Krsna] and His companions were present in both houses, although both the brahmana and the King thought He was present in his house only, is another opulence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This opulence is described in the revealed scriptures as vaibhava-prakasa. Similarly, when Lord Krsna married sixteen thousand wives, He also expanded Himself into sixteen thousand forms, each one of them as powerful as He Himself. Similarly, in Vrndavana, when Brahma stole away Krsna’s cows, calves and cowherd boys, Krsna expanded Himself into many new cows, calves and cowherd boys.”