Remembering Krishna Always

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.38.02-07 - Remembering Krishna Always (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Dayananda Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.38.2
gacchan pathi maha-bhago
 bhagavaty ambujeksane
bhaktim param upagata
 evam etad acintayat

As he traveled on the road, the great soul Akrura felt tremendous devotion for the lotus-eyed Personality of Godhead, and thus he began to consider as follows.

SB 10.38.3
kim mayacaritam bhadram
 kim taptam paramam tapah
kim vathapy arhate dattam
 yad draksyamy adya kesavam

[Sri Akrura thought:] What pious deeds have I done, what severe austerities undergone, what worship performed or charity given so that today I will see Lord Kesava?

SB 10.38.4
mamaitad durlabham manya
visayatmano yatha brahma-
 kirtanam sudra-janmanah

Since I am a materialistic person absorbed simply in sense gratification, I think it is as difficult for me to have gotten this opportunity to see Lord Uttamahsloka as it would be for one born a sudra to be allowed to recite the Vedic mantras.

SB 10.38.5
maivam mamadhamasyapi
 syad evacyuta-darsanam
hriyamanah kala-nadya
 kvacit tarati kascana

But enough of such thoughts! After all, even a fallen soul like me can have the chance to behold the infallible Supreme Lord, for one of the conditioned souls being swept along in the river of time may sometimes reach the shore.

SB 10.38.6
mamadyamangalam nastam
 phalavams caiva me bhavah
yan namasye bhagavato

Today all my sinful reactions have been eradicated and my birth has become worthwhile, since I will offer my obeisances to the Supreme Lord’s lotus feet, which mystic yogis meditate upon.

SB 10.38.7
kamso batadyakrta me ’ty-anugraham
 draksye ’nghri-padmam prahito ’muna hareh
krtavatarasya duratyayam tamah
 purve ’taran yan-nakha-mandala-tvisa

Indeed, today King Kamsa has shown me extreme mercy by sending me to see the lotus feet of Lord Hari, who has now appeared in this world. Simply by the effulgence of His toenails, many souls in the past have transcended the insurmountable darkness of material existence and achieved liberation.

Akrura noted how ironic it was that the envious, demoniac Kamsa had given him an extraordinary blessing by sending him to see the Supreme Lord Krsna.