Eagerness to Serve Krishna

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.38.22-24 - Eagerness to Serve Krishna (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
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SB 10.38.22
na tasya kascid dayitah suhrttamo
 na capriyo dvesya upeksya eva va
tathapi bhaktan bhajate yatha tatha
 sura-drumo yadvad upasrito ’rtha-dah

The Supreme Lord has no favorite and no dearmost friend, nor does He consider anyone undesirable, despicable or fit to be neglected. All the same, He lovingly reciprocates with His devotees in whatever manner they worship Him, just as the trees of heaven fulfill the desires of whoever approaches them.


The Lord says something similar in the Bhagavad-gita (9.29):

samo ’ham sarva-bhutesu
 na me dvesyo ’sti na priyah
ye bhajanti tu mam bhaktya
 mayi te tesu capy aham

“I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. I am equal to all. But whoever renders service unto Me in devotion is a friend and is in Me, and I am also a friend to him.”

Similarly, Lord Caitanya was as hard as a thunderbolt for those who envied Him, and as soft as a rose for those who understood His divine mission.

SB 10.38.23
kim cagrajo mavanatam yaduttamah
 smayan parisvajya grhitam aƱjalau
grham pravesyapta-samasta-satkrtam
 sampraksyate kamsa-krtam sva-bandhusu

And then Lord Krsna’s elder brother, the foremost of the Yadus, will grasp my joined hands while I am still standing with my head bowed, and after embracing me He will take me to His house. There He will honor me with all items of ritual welcome and inquire from me about how Kamsa has been treating His family members.

SB 10.38.24
sri-suka uvaca
iti saƱcintayan krsnam
 svaphalka-tanayo ’dhvani
rathena gokulam praptah
 suryas casta-girim nrpa

Sukadeva Gosvami continued: My dear King, while the son of Svaphalka, traveling on the road, thus meditated deeply on Sri Krsna, he reached Gokula as the sun was beginning to set.

Srila Sridhara Svami comments that although Akrura did not even notice the road, being deeply absorbed in meditation on Lord Krsna, he still reached Gokula on his chariot.