How To Attract Krishna's Mercy

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.22.24-25 - How To Attract Krishna's Mercy (download mp3)
by Vraj Bihari Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.22.24
tasam vij├▒aya bhagavan
dhrta-vratanam sankalpam
aha damodaro ’balah

The Supreme Lord understood the determination of the gopis in executing their strict vow. The Lord also knew that the girls desired to touch His lotus feet, and thus Lord Damodara, Krsna, spoke to them as follows.

SB 10.22.25
    sankalpo viditah sadhvyo
 bhavatinam mad-arcanam
  mayanumoditah so ’sau
  satyo bhavitum arhati

[Lord Krsna said:] O saintly girls, I understand that your real motive in this austerity has been to worship Me. That intent of yours is approved of by Me, and indeed it must come to pass.

Just as Krsna is free of all impure desire, so are the gopis. Their attempt to gain Krsna as their husband was therefore motivated not by a desire for personal sense gratification but by their overwhelming desire to serve Krsna and to please Him. Because of their intense love, the gopis did not see Krsna as God but rather as the most wonderful boy in all creation, and being beautiful young girls, they desired only to please Him by loving service. Lord Krsna understood the pure desire of the gopis and was thus satisfied. The Lord could certainly not be satisfied by ordinary lust, but He was moved by the intense loving devotion of the cowherd girls of Vrndavana.