Lords Human Like Pastimes may appear bewildering even to Pure Devotees

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.69.44-45 - Lords Human Like Pastimes may appear bewildering even to Pure Devotees (download mp3) and (download mp4)
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SB 10.69.44
evam manusya-padavim anuvartamano
 narayano ’khila-bhavaya grhita-saktih
reme ’nga sodasa-sahasra-varangananam

In this way Lord Narayana imitated the ways of ordinary humans, manifesting His divine potencies for the benefit of all beings. Thus He enjoyed, dear King, in the company of His sixteen thousand exalted consorts, who served the Lord with their shy, affectionate glances and laughter.

SB 10.69.45
yaniha visva-vilayodbhava-vrtti-hetuh
 karmany ananya-visayani haris cakara
yas tv anga gayati srnoty anumodate va
 bhaktir bhaved bhagavati hy apavarga-marge

Lord Hari is the ultimate cause of universal creation, maintenance and destruction. My dear King, anyone who chants about, hears about or simply appreciates the extraordinary activities He performed in this world, which are impossible to imitate, will surely develop devotion for the Supreme Lord, the bestower of liberation.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti has given various meanings for the word ananya-visayani. This term may indicate that the Lord performed activities in Dvaraka that were unusual even for His plenary expansions, to say nothing of others. Or the term can be understood to indicate that the Lord performed these activities for the sake of His pure, exclusive devotees. In any case, one who recites or hears accounts of these pastimes will certainly be engaged in Krsna consciousness and, as Srila Prabhupada writes: “certainly find it very easy to traverse the path of liberation and taste the nectar of the lotus feet of Lord Krsna.” Srila Prabhupada further points out that the word anumodate here indicates that one who “supports a preacher of the Krsna consciousness movement” will also receive the benefits mentioned here.

Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Sixty-ninth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Narada Muni Visits Lord Krsna’s Palaces in Dvaraka.”