Sadhu's Curse And Benediction Are Both Good

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.10.39-40 - Sadhu's Curse And Benediction Are Both Good (download mp3)  and (download mp4)
by Shyamanand Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.10.39
sri-suka uvaca
ittham sankirtitas tabhyam
 bhagavan gokulesvarah
damna colukhale baddhah
 prahasann aha guhyakau

Sukadeva Gosvami continued: The two young demigods thus offered prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Although Sri Krsna, the Supreme Godhead, is the master of all and was certainly Gokulesvara, the master of Gokula, He was bound to the wooden mortar by the ropes of the gopis, and therefore, smiling widely, He spoke to the sons of Kuvera the following words.

Krsna was smiling because He was thinking to Himself, “These two young demigods fell from the higher planetary system to this planet, and I have delivered them from the bondage of standing for a long time as trees, but as for Me, I am bound by the ropes of the gopis and am subject to their chastisements.” In other words, Krsna submits to being chastised and bound by the gopis because of pure love and affection worthy of being praised by a devotee in so many ways.

SB 10.10.40
sri-bhagavan uvaca
jñatam mama puraivaitad
 rsina karunatmana
yac chri-madandhayor vagbhir
 vibhramso ’nugrahah krtah

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: The great saint Narada Muni is very merciful. By his curse, he showed the greatest favor to both of you, who were mad after material opulence and who had thus become blind. Although you fell from the higher planet Svargaloka and became trees, you were most favored by him. I knew of all these incidents from the very beginning.

It is now confirmed by the Supreme Personality of Godhead that the curse of a devotee is also to be regarded as mercy. As Krsna, God, is all-good, a Vaisnava is also all-good. Whatever he does is good for everyone. This is explained in the following verse.