Knowing Krishna As He Is

Srimad Bhagavatam 08.08.22-25 - Knowing Krishna As He Is (download mp3)
by Radhika Raman Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 8.8.22
kvacic cirayur na hi sila-mangalam
kvacit tad apy asti na vedyam ayusah
yatrobhayam kutra ca so 'py amangalah
sumangalah kasca na kanksate hi mam

Someone may have longevity but not have auspiciousness or good behavior. Someone may have both auspiciousness and good behavior, but the duration of his life is not fixed. Although such demigods as Lord Siva have eternal life, they have inauspicious habits like living in crematoriums. And even if others are well qualified in all respects, they are not devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

SB 8.8.23
evam vimrsyavyabhicari-sad-gunair
varam nijaikasrayatayagunasrayam
vavre varam sarva-gunair apeksitam
rama mukundam nirapeksam ipsitam

Sukadeva Gosvami continued: In this way, after full deliberation, the goddess of fortune accepted Mukunda as her husband because although He is independent and not in want of her, He possesses all transcendental qualities and mystic powers and is therefore the most desirable.

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Mukunda, is self-sufficient. Since He is fully independent, He was not in want of the support or association of Laksmidevi. Nonetheless, Laksmidevi, the goddess of fortune, accepted Him as her husband.

SB 8.8.24
tasyamsa-desa usatim nava-kañja-malam
tasthau nidhaya nikate tad-urah sva-dhama
savrida-hasa-vikasan-nayanena yata

Approaching the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the goddess of fortune placed upon His shoulders the garland of newly grown lotus flowers, which was surrounded by humming bumblebees searching for honey. Then, expecting to get a place on the bosom of the Lord, she remained standing by His side, her face smiling in shyness.

SB 8.8.25
tasyah sriyas tri-jagato janako jananya
vakso nivasam akarot paramam vibhuteh
srih svah prajah sakarunena niriksanena
yatra sthitaidhayata sadhipatims tri-lokan

The Supreme Personality of Godhead is the father of the three worlds, and His bosom is the residence of mother Laksmi, the goddess of fortune, the proprietor of all opulences. The goddess of fortune, by her favorable and merciful glance, can increase the opulence of the three worlds, along with their inhabitants and their directors, the demigods.

According to the desire of Laksmidevi, the goddess of fortune, the Supreme Personality of Godhead made His bosom her residence so that by her glance she could favor everyone, including the demigods and ordinary human beings. In other words, since the goddess of fortune stays on the bosom of Narayana, she naturally sees any devotee who worships Narayana. When the goddess of fortune understands that a devotee is in favor of devotional service to Narayana, she is naturally inclined to bless the devotee with all opulences. The karmis try to receive the favor and mercy of Laksmi, but because they are not devotees of Narayana, their opulence is flickering. The opulence of devotees who are attached to the service of Narayana is not like the opulence of karmis. The opulence of devotees is as permanent as the opulence of Narayana Himself.