Krishna's Ideal Grihastha Life

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.69.17 - Krishna's Ideal Grihastha Life (download mp3)
by Akinchana Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.69.17
sri-narada uvaca
naivadbhutam tvayi vibho ’khila-loka-nathe
 maitri janesu sakalesu damah khalanam
nihsreyasaya hi jagat-sthiti-raksanabhyam
 svairavatara urugaya vidama susthu

Sri Narada said: O almighty Lord, it is no surprise that You, the ruler of all worlds, show friendship for all people and yet subdue the envious. As we well know, You descend by Your sweet will in order to bestow the highest good on this universe by maintaining and protecting it. Thus Your glories are widely sung.

As pointed out by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti, all living beings are in fact servants of the Lord. The acarya quotes the following verse from the Padma Purana to elucidate:

a-karenocyate visnuh
 srir u-karena kathyate
ma-karas tu tayor dasah
 paƱca-vimsah prakirtitah

“[In the mantra om] the letter a signifies Lord Visnu, the letter u signifies the goddess Sri, and the letter m refers to their servant, who is the twenty-fifth element.” The twenty-fifth element is the jiva, the living being. Every living being is a servant of the Lord, and the Lord is the true friend of every living being. Thus even when the Lord chastises envious persons like Jarasandha, such punishment amounts to real friendship, since both the Lord’s chastisement and His blessing are for the benefit of the living being.