Srimad Bhagavatam 11.05.47 - An Example of Nirpeksha Bhakta (download mp3)
by Radhika Vallabha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
atma vam pavitah krsne
My dear Vasudeva, you and your good wife Devaki have manifested great transcendental love for Krsna, accepting Him as your son. Indeed, you are always seeing the Lord, embracing Him, speaking with Him, resting with Him, sitting together with Him and taking your meals with Him. By such affectionate and intimate association with the Lord, undoubtedly both of you have completely purified your hearts. In other words, you are already perfect.
The words atma vam pavitah in this verse are very significant. Ordinary conditioned souls are required to purify their existence by practicing the regulative principles of bhakti-yoga and learning how to offer all of their activities in the devotional service of the Lord. Such a regulative, gradual process, however, cannot be applied to those exalted souls who are personally attending the Lord as His parents, boyfriends, girlfriends, advisors, sons, etc. Due to Vasudeva and Devaki’s intense love for Krsna as their son, they had already achieved the highest perfectional stage of life. Although in the previous verse Sri Narada Muni informed Vasudeva that he and his wife had become glorious by Krsna’s taking birth as their son, Vasudeva might have argued that other personal associates of the Lord, such as Jaya and Vijaya, had fallen down due to offending the brahmana class. Therefore, in the present verse Narada has used the word pavitah: “You are completely purified, and therefore you are completely free from the slightest trace of discrepancy in your devotional service, due to your intense love for Krsna.”
It is understood from the commentary of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura that Sri Vasudeva, Krsna’s pastime father, is actually an eternally liberated nitya-siddha associate of the Personality of Godhead. Vasudeva has a spiritual body, just as Krsna does, and he is always merged in the overwhelming ecstatic desire to serve Krsna, his beautiful son. However, Narada could understand that due to extreme humility, Vasudeva considered himself an ordinary human being and was feeling very anxious to receive transcendental instructions on the devotional service of the Lord. Accepting the ecstatic humility of Vasudeva, and to relieve his anxiety, Sri Narada Muni instructed him in the science of bhakti-yoga as one might instruct an ordinary human being. However, at the same time Narada has revealed that actually Sri Vasudeva and Devaki are already completely glorious by their unprecedented fortune of having Krsna and Balarama as their sons. Therefore, Narada is telling Vasudeva, “My dear Vasudeva, do not in any way be discouraged or doubtful about your position. Undoubtedly you are immediately going back home, back to Godhead. And actually you and your good wife are the most fortunate persons.”
In conclusion, everyone should become fortunate by fully developing his dormant love for Krsna. Many terrible demons who opposed Krsna eventually achieved a happy state of life by their association with Krsna. Therefore there is no doubt about the supreme bliss achieved by the loving devotees of the Lord who day and night can only think of pleasing Krsna.