Vaishnava Reception and Loving Exchanges

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.05.21-23 - Vaishnava Reception and Loving Exchanges (download mp3) , (download flv) & (download mp4)
by Giriraj Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.5.21
tam drstva sahasotthaya
dehah pranam ivagatam
pritah priyatamam dorbhyam
sasvaje prema-vihvalah

When Nanda Maharaja heard that Vasudeva had come, he was overwhelmed with love and affection, being as pleased as if his body had regained its life. Seeing Vasudeva suddenly present, he got up and embraced him with both arms.

Nanda Maharaja was older than Vasudeva. Therefore Nanda Maharaja embraced him, and Vasudeva offered him namaskara.

SB 10.5.22
pujitah sukham asinah
prstvanamayam adrtah
prasakta-dhih svatmajayor
idam aha visampate

O Maharaja Pariksit, having thus been received and welcomed by Nanda Maharaja with honor, Vasudeva sat down very peacefully and inquired about his own two sons because of intense love for them.

SB 10.5.23
distya bhratah pravayasa
idanim aprajasya te
prajasaya nivrttasya
praja yat samapadyata

My dear brother Nanda Maharaja, at an advanced age you had no son at all and were hopeless of having one. Therefore, that you now have a son is a sign of great fortune.

At an advanced age one generally cannot beget a male child. If by chance one does beget a child at this age, the child is generally female. Thus Vasudeva indirectly asked Nanda Maharaja whether he had actually begotten a male child or a female child. Vasudeva knew that Yasoda had given birth to a female child, whom he had stolen and replaced with a male child. This was a great mystery, and Vasudeva wanted to determine whether this mystery was already known to Nanda Maharaja. On inquiring, however, he was confident that the mystery of Krsna's birth and His being placed in the care of Yasoda was still hidden. There was no danger, since Kamsa at least could not learn what had already happened.