Krishna's Recipocation to his Dependent Devotees

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.53.21-23 - Krishna's Recipocation to his Dependent Devotees (download mp3)
by Devananda Pandit Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.53.20-21
srutvaitad bhagavan ramo
 vipaksiya nrpodyamam
krsnam caikam gatam hartum
 kanyam kalaha-sankitah
balena mahata sardham
tvaritah kundinam pragad

When Lord Balarama heard about these preparations of the inimical kings and how Lord Krsna had set off alone to steal the bride, He feared that a fight would ensue. Immersed in affection for His brother, He hurried to Kundina with a mighty army consisting of infantry and of soldiers riding on elephants, horses and chariots.

SB 10.53.22
bhisma-kanya vararoha
 kanksanty agamanam hareh
pratyapattim apasyanti
 dvijasyacintayat tada

The lovely daughter of Bhismaka anxiously awaited the arrival of Krsna, but when she did not see the brahmana return she thought as follows.

SB 10.53.23
aho tri-yamantarita
 udvaho me ’lpa-radhasah
nagacchaty aravindakso
 naham vedmy atra karanam
so ’pi navartate ’dyapi
 mat-sandesa-haro dvijah

[Princess Rukmini thought:] Alas, my wedding is to take place when the night ends! How unlucky I am! Lotus-eyed Krsna does not come. I don’t know why. And even the brahmana messenger has not yet returned.

It is apparent from this verse, as confirmed by Srila Sridhara Svami, that the present scene takes place before sunrise.