Dharma Defined as Happiness

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.07.33-36 - Dharma Defined as Happiness (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Akincana Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.7.33
drstvadbhutani bahuso
nanda-gopo brhadvane
vasudeva-vaco bhuyo
manayam asa vismitah

Having seen all these incidents in Brhadvana, Nanda Maharaja became more and more astonished, and he remembered the words spoken to him by Vasudeva in Mathura.

SB 10.7.34
ekadarbhakam adaya
svankam aropya bhamini
prasnutam payayam asa
stanam sneha-paripluta

One day mother Yasoda, having taken Krsna up and placed Him on her lap, was feeding Him milk from her breast with maternal affection. The milk was flowing from her breast, and the child was drinking it.

SB 10.7.35-36
pita-prayasya janani
sutasya rucira-smitam
mukham lalayati rajaƱ
jrmbhato dadrse idam
kham rodasi jyotir-anikam asah
suryendu-vahni-svasanambudhims ca
dvipan nagams tad-duhitrr vanani
bhutani yani sthira-jangamani

O King Pariksit, when the child Krsna was almost finished drinking His mother's milk and mother Yasoda was touching Him and looking at His beautiful, brilliantly smiling face, the baby yawned, and mother Yasoda saw in His mouth the whole sky, the higher planetary system and the earth, the luminaries in all directions, the sun, the moon, fire, air, the seas, islands, mountains, rivers, forests, and all kinds of living entities, moving and nonmoving.


By the arrangement of yogamaya, Krsna's pastimes with mother Yasoda were all regarded as ordinary. So here was an opportunity for Krsna to show His mother that the whole universe is situated within Him. In His small form, Krsna was kind enough to show His mother the virat-rupa, the universal form, so that she could enjoy seeing what kind of child she had on her lap. The rivers have been mentioned here as the daughters of the mountains (nagams tad-duhitrh). It is the flowing of the rivers that makes big forests possible. There are living entities everywhere, some of them moving and some of them not moving. No place is vacant. This is a special feature of God's creation.