Krishna Takes Subordinate Position to Please Devotees

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.45.26-28 - Krishna Takes Subordinate Position to Please Devotees (download mp3)
by Jagannath Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.45.26
atha sura-suto rajan
 putrayoh samakarayat
purodhasa brahmanais ca
 yathavad dvija-samskrtim

My dear King, then Vasudeva, the son of Surasena, arranged for a priest and other brahmanas to perform his two sons’ second-birth initiation.

SB 10.45.27
tebhyo ’dad daksina gavo
 rukma-malah sv-alankrtah
sv-alankrtebhyah sampujya
 sa-vatsah ksauma-malinih

Vasudeva honored these brahmanas by worshiping them and giving them fine ornaments and well-ornamented cows with their calves. All these cows wore gold necklaces and linen wreaths.

SB 10.45.28
yah krsna-rama-janmarkse
 mano-datta maha-matih
tas cadadad anusmrtya
 kamsenadharmato hrtah

The magnanimous Vasudeva then remembered the cows he had mentally given away on the occasion of Krsna’s and Balarama’s birth. Kamsa had stolen those cows, and Vasudeva now recovered them and gave them away in charity also.

At the time of Krsna’s appearance, Vasudeva had been imprisoned by Kamsa, who had stolen all his cows. Still, Vasudeva had been so jubilant at the birth of the Lord that he had mentally donated ten thousand of his cows to the brahmanas.
Now, upon Kamsa’s death, Vasudeva took back all his cows from the late King’s herd and gave ten thousand of them, according to religious principles, to the worthy brahmanas.