Courage of a Devotee Pleases Krishna

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.42.01 - Courage of a Devotee Pleases Krishna (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
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SB 10.42.1
sri-suka uvaca
atha vrajan raja-pathena madhavah
 striyam grhitanga-vilepa-bhajanam
vilokya kubjam yuvatim varananam
 papraccha yantim prahasan rasa-pradah
Sukadeva Gosvami said: As He walked down the King’s road, Lord Madhava then saw a young hunchback woman with an attractive face, who carried a tray of fragrant ointments as she walked along. The bestower of the ecstasy of love smiled and inquired from her as follows.


According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, the young hunchbacked girl was actually a partial expansion of the Lord’s wife Satyabhama. Satyabhama is the Lord’s internal energy known as Bhu-sakti, and this expansion of hers, known as Prthivi, represents the earth, which was bent down by the great burden of countless wicked rulers. Lord Krsna descended to remove these wicked rulers, and thus His pastime of straightening out the hunchback Trivakra, as explained in these verses, represents His rectifying the burdened condition of the earth. At the same time, the Lord awarded Trivakra a conjugal relationship with Himself.

In addition to the given meaning, the word rasa-pradah indicates that the Lord amused His cowherd boyfriends by His dealings with the young hunchback.