Offences Can Hamper Our Spiritual Progress

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.39.32 - Offences Can Hamper Our Spiritual Progress (download mp3)
by Madan Gopal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.39.32
strinam evam rudantinam
udite savitary atha
akruras codayam asa
krta-maitradiko ratham

But even as the gopis cried out in this way, Akrura, having at sunrise performed His morning worship and other duties, began to drive the chariot.

According to some Vaisnava authorities, Akrura offended the gopis by not consoling them when he took Krsna to Mathura, and because of this offense Akrura was later forced to leave Dvaraka and be separated from Krsna during the episode of the Syamantaka jewel. At that time Akrura had to take up an ignoble residence in Varanasi.
Apparently, mother Yasoda and the other residents of Vrndavana were not crying like the gopis, for they sincerely believed Krsna would be coming back within a few days.