Krishna Pleases his Devotees

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.48.25 - Krishna Pleases his Devotees (download mp3)
by Krishna Caitanya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.48.25
adyesa no vasatayah khalu bhuri-bhaga
 yah sarva-deva-pitr-bhuta-nr-deva-murtih
yat-pada-sauca-salilam tri-jagat punati
 sa tvam jagad-gurur adhoksaja yah pravistah

Today, O Lord, my home has become most fortunate because You have entered it. As the Supreme Truth, You embody the forefathers, ordinary creatures, human beings and demigods, and the water that has washed Your feet purifies the three worlds. Indeed, O transcendent one, You are the spiritual master of the universe.

Srila Sridhara Svami has nicely interpreted Akrura’s feelings as follows:

Akrura said, “My Lord, although I am a householder, today my home has become more pious than the forests where sages perform austerities. Why? Simply because You have entered my home. Indeed, You are the personification of the deities who preside over the five sacrifices a householder must perform daily to atone for unavoidable violence committed to living beings in the home. You are the spiritual truth behind all these creations, and now You have entered my home.”

The five daily sacrifices enjoined for a householder are (1) sacrifice to Brahman by studying the Vedas, (2) sacrifice to the forefathers by making offerings to them, (3) sacrifice to all creatures by putting aside a portion of one’s meals, (4) sacrifice to human beings by extending hospitality and (5) sacrifice to the demigods by performing fire sacrifices and so on.