Welcoming the Lord and Pleasing him by Serving Him

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.48.15-18 - Welcoming the Lord and Pleasing him by Serving Him (download mp3)
by Keshava Candra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.48.15-16
padavanejanir apo
 dharayan sirasa nrpa
arhanenambarair divyair
arcitva sirasanamya
 padav anka-gatau mrjan
prasrayavanato ’krurah
 krsna-ramav abhasata

O King, Akrura bathed the feet of Lord Krsna and Lord Balarama and then poured the bath water on his head. He presented Them with gifts of fine clothing, aromatic sandalwood paste, flower garlands and excellent jewelry. After thus worshiping the two Lords, he bowed his head to the floor. He then began to massage Lord Krsna’s feet, placing them on his lap, and with his head bowed in humility he addressed Krsna and Balarama as follows.

SB 10.48.17
distya papo hatah kamsah
 sanugo vam idam kulam
bhavadbhyam uddhrtam krcchrad
 durantac ca samedhitam

[Akrura said:] It is our good fortune that You two Lords have killed the evil Kamsa and his followers, thus delivering Your dynasty from endless suffering and causing it to flourish.

SB 10.48.18
yuvam pradhana-purusau
 jagad-dhetu jagan-mayau
bhavadbhyam na vina kiƱcit
 param asti na caparam

You both are the original Supreme Person, the cause of the universe and its very substance. Not the slightest subtle cause or manifest product of creation exists apart from You.

After praising Krsna and Balarama for having saved Their dynasty, Akrura now points out that the Lord actually has no mundane connection with any social or political institution. He is the original Personality of Godhead, performing His pastimes for the benefit of the entire universe.