Faith in the Words of Spiritual Master

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.38.25-27 - Faith in the Words of Spiritual Master (download mp3), (download flv) and (download mp4)
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SB 10.38.25
padani tasyakhila-loka-pala-
dadarsa gosthe ksiti-kautukani
 vilaksitany abja-yavankusadyaih

In the cowherd pasture Akrura saw the footprints of those feet whose pure dust the rulers of all the planets in the universe hold on their crowns. Those footprints of the Lord, distinguished by such marks as the lotus, barleycorn and elephant goad, made the ground wonderfully beautiful.

SB 10.38.26
rathad avaskandya sa tesv acestata
 prabhor amuny anghri-rajamsy aho iti

Increasingly agitated by ecstasy at seeing the Lord’s footprints, his bodily hairs standing on end because of his pure love, and his eyes filled with tears, Akrura jumped down from his chariot and began rolling about among those footprints, exclaiming, “Ah, this is the dust from my master’s feet!”

SB 10.38.27
deham-bhrtam iyan artho
 hitva dambham bhiyam sucam
sandesad yo harer linga-

The very goal of life for all embodied beings is this ecstasy, which Akrura experienced when, upon receiving Kamsa’s order, he put aside all pride, fear and lamentation and absorbed himself in seeing, hearing and describing the things that reminded him of Lord Krsna.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti explains that Akrura gave up fear by openly showing his love and reverence for Krsna, even though he or his family might have been punished by the angry Kamsa. Akrura gave up his pride in being an aristocratic member of society and worshiped the cowherd residents of the simple village of Vrndavana. And he gave up lamenting for his house, wife and family, which were in danger from King Kamsa. Giving up all these things, he rolled in the dust of the lotus feet of God.