Five Aspects of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Thakur's Outreach

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.16.17-18 - Five Aspects of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Thakur's Outreach (download mp3)
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SB 10.16.17
te ’nvesamana dayitam
 krsnam sucitaya padaih
bhagaval-laksanair jagmuh
 padavya yamuna-tatam

The residents hurried toward the banks of the Yamuna in search of their dearmost Krsna, following the path marked by His footprints, which bore the unique signs of the Personality of Godhead.

SB 10.16.18
te tatra tatrabja-yavankusasani-
 dhvajopapannani padani vis-pateh
marge gavam anya-padantarantare
 niriksamana yayur anga satvarah

The footprints of Lord Krsna, the master of the entire cowherd community, were marked with the lotus flower, barleycorn, elephant goad, thunderbolt and flag. My dear King Pariksit, seeing His footprints on the path among the cows’ hoofprints, the residents of Vrndavana rushed along in great haste.

Srila Sanatana Gosvami comments as follows: “Since Lord Krsna had passed along the path some time previously, why weren’t His footprints, which were surrounded by those of cows, cowherd boys and so on, smudged over and brushed away? Why hadn’t His footprints been obliterated by those of the beasts and birds of Vrndavana forest? The answer is indicated by the word vis-pati, master of the cowherd community. Since Lord Krsna is actually the wealth of all living beings, all the inhabitants of the forest of Vraja would carefully preserve His footprints as great treasures, the very ornaments of the earth. Thus no creature within Vrndavana would ever walk upon Lord Krsna’s footprints.”