Endeavoring for the Special Mercy of Krishna

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.69.40 - Endeavoring for the Special Mercy of Krishna (download mp3) and (download mp4)
by Kadamba Kanana Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 10.69.40
sri-bhagavan uvaca
brahman dhannasya vaktaham
 karta tad-anumodita
tac chiksayan lokam imam
 asthitah putra ma khidah

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O brahmana, I am the speaker of religion, its performer and sanctioner. I observe religious principles to teach them to the world, My child, so do not be disturbed.

Srila Jiva Gosvami explains that Lord Krsna wanted to dispel Narada’s distress, which the sage felt because he saw Lord Krsna worshiping the demigods and even Narada himself. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti explains Lord Krsna’s feelings as follows: “As I state in the Bhagavad-gita, yad yad acarati sresthas tat tad evetaro janah: [‘Whatever a great person does, ordinary people follow.’] Thus I bathed your feet today in order to help propagate the principles of religion. In the past, before I began My pastimes of directly teaching religious principles, you came and offered prayers to Me after I had killed the Kesi demon, but I simply listened to your elaborate prayers and glorification and did nothing to honor you. Just remember this and consider.

“Do not think that you have committed an offense by allowing Me to bathe your feet today and accept the water as holy remnants. Just as a son does not offend his father by touching him with his foot while sitting on the father’s lap, so you should understand that in the same way, My son, you have not offended Me.”