Balancing Between Duties and Devotional Service

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.45.06-08 - Balancing Between Duties and Devotional Service (download mp3)
by Keshava Candra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.45.6
yas tayor atmajah kalpa
 atmana ca dhanena ca
vrttim na dadyat tam pretya
 sva-mamsam khadayanti hi

A son who, though able to do so, fails to provide for his parents with his physical resources and wealth is forced after his death to eat his own flesh.

SB 10.45.7
mataram pitaram vrddham
 bharyam sadhvim sutam sisum
gurum vipram prapannam ca
 kalpo ’bibhrac chvasan-mrtah

A man who, though able to do so, fails to support his elderly parents, chaste wife, young child or spiritual master, or who neglects a brahmana or anyone who comes to him for shelter, is considered dead, though breathing.

SB 10.45.8
tan nav akalpayoh kamsan
 nityam udvigna-cetasoh
mogham ete vyatikranta
 divasa vam anarcatoh

Thus We have wasted all these days, unable as We were to properly honor you because Our minds were always disturbed by fear of Kamsa.

Lord Krsna continues to bring Vasudeva and Devaki back to their normal parental feelings toward Him and Balarama. An ordinary child would be afraid of a cruel, tyrannical king like Kamsa, and Lord Krsna here plays the part of such a child, thus evoking the parental sympathy of Vasudeva and Devaki.