Stick to the Process of Devotional Service

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.53.40-43 - Stick to the Process of Devotional Service (download mp3)
by Hare Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.53.40-41
padbhyam viniryayau drastum
 bhavanyah pada-pallavam
sa canudhyayati samyan
yata-van matrbhih sardham
 sakhibhih parivarita
gupta raja-bhataih suraih
 sannaddhair udyatayudhaih
 turya-bheryas ca jaghnire

Rukmini silently went out on foot to see the lotus feet of the deity Bhavani. Accompanied by her mothers and girlfriends and protected by the King’s valiant soldiers, who held their upraised weapons at the ready, she simply absorbed her mind in the lotus feet of Krsna. And all the while mrdangas, conchshells, panavas, horns and other instruments resounded.

SB 10.53.42-43
nanopahara balibhir
 varamukhyah sahasrasah
 dvija-patnyah sv-alankrtah
gayantyas ca stuvantas ca
 gayaka vadya-vadakah
parivarya vadhum jagmuh

Behind the bride followed thousands of prominent courtesans bearing various offerings and presents, along with well-adorned brahmanas’ wives singing and reciting prayers and bearing gifts of garlands, scents, clothing and jewelry. There were also professional singers, musicians, bards, chroniclers and heralds.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti explains that from her own quarters up to the temple of Bhavani, Rukmini went by palanquin and thus was easily protected. Only for the last twelve to fifteen feet, from the palace to the temple area, did she go on foot, with royal bodyguards stationed outside the temple on all sides.