Dealing People with Personal Touch

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.07-08 - Dealing People with Personal Touch (download mp3)
by Mukundamala Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.15.7
nrtyanty ami sikhina idya muda harinyah
 kurvanti gopya iva te priyam iksanena
suktais ca kokila-gana grham agataya
 dhanya vanaukasa iyan hi satam nisargah

O worshipable one, these peacocks are dancing before You out of joy, these doe are pleasing You with affectionate glances, just as the gopis do, and these cuckoos are honoring You with Vedic prayers. All these residents of the forest are most fortunate, and their behavior toward You certainly befits great souls receiving another great soul at home.

SB 10.15.8
dhanyeyam adya dharani trna-virudhas tvat-
 pada-sprso druma-latah karajabhimrstah
nadyo ’drayah khaga-mrgah sadayavalokair
 gopyo ’ntarena bhujayor api yat-sprha srih

This earth has now become most fortunate, because You have touched her grass and bushes with Your feet and her trees and creepers with Your fingernails, and because You have graced her rivers, mountains, birds and animals with Your merciful glances. But above all, You have embraced the young cowherd women between Your two arms — a favor hankered after by the goddess of fortune herself.

The word adya, “now,” indicates the time of Lord Balarama and Lord Krsna’s appearance on the earth. In His form of Varaha, Lord Krsna personally saved the earth, and, indeed, the earth is understood to rest perpetually on the potency of Sesa. Both Varaha and Sesa are expansions of Balarama, who is Himself an expansion of Lord Krsna, the original Personality of Godhead. Lord Krsna’s statement that “this earth has now become most fortunate” (dhanyeyam adya dharani) indicates that nothing can equal the blessings of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His personal form as Krsna, appearing simultaneously with His plenary expansion, Balarama. The compound word karajabhimrstah, “touched by Your fingernails,” indicates that as Krsna and Balarama would move through the forest They would pick fruits and flowers from the trees, bushes and creepers and use this paraphernalia in Their pleasure pastimes. Sometimes They would break leaves off the plants and use them with the flowers to decorate Their bodies.

Krsna and Balarama would glance lovingly and mercifully at all the rivers, hills and creatures in Vrndavana. But the blessing received by the gopis — being embraced directly between the Lord’s arms — was the supreme benediction, desired even by the goddess of fortune herself. The goddess of fortune, who lives in Vaikuntha on the chest of Lord Narayana, once desired to be embraced on the chest of Sri Krsna, and thus she performed severe austerities to achieve this blessing. Sri Krsna informed her that her actual place was in Vaikuntha and that it was not possible for her to dwell upon His chest in Vrndavana. Therefore she begged Krsna to allow her to remain on His chest in the form of a golden line, and He granted her this benediction. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura recounts this incident from the Puranas.