Devotees Should Aspire For Selfless Service

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.22.29-32 - Devotees Should Aspire For Selfless Service (download mp3)
by Vrajavasi Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.22.29

atha gopaih parivrto
bhagavan devaki-sutah
vrndavanad gato duram
carayan gah sahagrajah

Some time later Lord Krsna, the son of Devaki, surrounded by His cowherd friends and accompanied by His elder brother, Balarama, went a good distance away from Vrndavana, herding the cows.

Having described how Lord Krsna stole the garments of the young gopis, Sukadeva Gosvami now begins introducing the description of Lord Krsna’s blessings upon the wives of some ritualistic brahmanas.

SB 10.22.30

nidagharkatape tigme
chayabhih svabhir atmanah
atapatrayitan viksya
druman aha vrajaukasah

When the sun’s heat became intense, Lord Krsna saw that the trees were acting as umbrellas by shading Him, and thus He spoke as follows to His boyfriends.

SB 10.22.31-32

he stoka-krsna he amso
sridaman subalarjuna
visala vrsabhaujasvin
devaprastha varuthapa
pasyataitan maha-bhagan
sahanto varayanti nah

[Lord Krsna said:] O Stoka Krsna and Amsu, O Sridama, Subala and Arjuna, O Visala, Vrsabha, Ojasvi, Devaprastha and Varuthapa, just see these greatly fortunate trees, whose lives are completely dedicated to the benefit of others. Even while tolerating the wind, rain, heat and snow, they protect us from these elements.

Lord Krsna was preparing to bestow His mercy on the wives of the hard-hearted ritualistic brahmanas, and in these verses the Lord indicates that even trees who are dedicated to the welfare of others are superior to brahmanas who are not. Certainly the members of the Krsna consciousness movement should soberly study this point.