Srimad Bhagavatam 11.02.01 - Transforming Curses Into Blessings (download mp3)
by Gaur Hari Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
avatsin narado ’bhiksnam
Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said: Eager to engage in the worship of Lord Krsna, O best of the Kurus, Narada Muni stayed for some time in Dvaraka, which was always protected by the arms of Govinda.
In the Second Chapter of this canto, bhagavata-dharma, or pure devotional service to Krsna, is explained by Narada Muni to Vasudeva, who had inquired with devotion. Narada Muni cites a conversation between King Nimi and the Jayanteyas. According to Jiva Gosvami, the word abhiksnam indicates that although Narada Muni was frequently sent by Lord Krsna here and there for various pastimes, such as inquiring about the affairs of the world, Narada continuously returned to reside in Dvaraka. The word krsnopasana-lalasah indicates that Narada was very eager to be near Krsna and worship Him. Because of the curse of Daksa, Narada is never allowed to live continuously in one place. Sridhara Svami, however, has pointed out, na tasyam sapadeh prabhavah: in Dvaraka there is no influence of curses or other such evils, because Dvaraka is the abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and is always protected by His arms, as shown by the word govinda-bhuja-guptayam. The conditioned souls are struggling within the kingdom of maya against the cruel laws of material nature, such as birth, death, old age and disease, but if such conditioned souls have the good fortune to enter the city of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whether Dvaraka, Mathura or Vrndavana, and live there under the direct protection of the omnipotent arms of the Supreme Lord, Krsna, they will experience the unlimited transcendental bliss of real life, which is eternal and which is meant to be lived in the personal company of God.