Simplicity of Love Conquers Krishna

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.60.32-34 - Simplicity of Love Conquers Krishna (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Radhanath Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.60.32
sri-suka uvaca
saivam bhagavata rajan
 vaidarbhi parisantvita
jñatva tat-parihasoktim
 priya-tyaga-bhayam jahau

Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King, Queen Vaidarbhi was fully pacified by the Supreme Personality of Godhead and understood that His words had been spoken in jest. Thus she gave up her fear that her beloved would reject her.

SB 10.60.33
babhasa rsabham pumsam
 viksanti bhagavan-mukham
 snigdhapangena bharata

Smiling bashfully as she cast charming, affectionate glances upon the face of the Lord, the best of males, Rukmini spoke the following, O descendant of Bharata.

SB 10.60.34
sri-rukminy uvaca
nanv evam etad aravinda-vilocanaha
 yad vai bhavan bhagavato ’sadrsi vibhumnah
kva sve mahimny abhirato bhagavams try-adhisah
 kvaham guna-prakrtir ajña-grhita-pada

Sri Rukmini said: Actually, what You have said is true, O lotus-eyed one. I am indeed unsuitable for the almighty Personality of Godhead. What comparison is there between that Supreme Lord, who is master of the three primal deities and who delights in His own glory, and myself, a woman of mundane qualities whose feet are grasped by fools?

Srila Sridhara Svami lists the faults Lord Krsna had described in Himself that He claimed disqualified Him from being Rukmini’s husband. These include incompatibility, fearfulness, taking shelter in the ocean, quarreling with the powerful, abandoning His kingdom, uncertainty as to His identity, acting against ordinary standards of behavior, having no good qualities, being praised falsely by beggars, aloofness, and lack of desire for family life. The Lord claimed that Rukmini had failed to recognize these bad qualities in Him. Now she begins to respond to all the Lord’s statements.

First she responds to Sri Krsna’s statement in text 11 of this chapter: kasman no vavrse ’saman. “Why did you select Us, who are not equal to you?” Here Srimati Rukmini-devi says that she and Krsna are certainly not equal, for no one can be equal to the Supreme Lord. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti further points out that in her extreme humility Rukmini is identifying herself with the Lord’s external energy, which in fact is her expansion, Rukmini being the goddess of fortune.