Lord and his Devotee's Response in Conflicts

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.70.44-47 - Lord and his Devotee's Response in Conflicts (download mp3)
by Gopinath Chandra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.70.44
yasyamalam divi yasah prathitam rasayam
 bhumau ca te bhuvana-mangala dig-vitanam
mandakiniti divi bhogavatiti cadho
 gangeti ceha caranambu punati visvam

My dear Lord, You are the symbol of everything auspicious. Your transcendental name and fame is spread like a canopy all over the universe, including the higher, middle and lower planetary systems. The transcendental water that washes Your lotus feet is known in the higher planetary systems as the Mandakini River, in the lower planetary systems as the Bhogavati and in this earthly planetary system as the Ganges. This sacred, transcendental water flows throughout the entire universe, purifying wherever it goes.

This translation is based on Srila Prabhupada’s Krsna. Sridhara Svami mentions that the word dig-vitanam indicates that Lord Krsna’s transcendental glories spread throughout the universe like a cooling canopy over the universal directions. In other words, the whole world can find shelter under the cooling shade of the Lord’s lotus feet. Thus the Lord is bhuvana-mangala, the symbol of everything auspicious for this world.

SB 10.70.45
sri-suka uvaca
tatra tesv atma-paksesv a-
 grnatsu vijigisaya
vacah pesaih smayan bhrtyam
 uddhavam praha kesavah

Sukadeva Gosvami said: When His supporters, the Yadavas, objected to this proposal out of eagerness to defeat Jarasandha, Lord Kesava turned to His servant Uddhava and, smiling, addressed him with fine words.

Srila Prabhupada explains, “Just before the great sage Narada arrived in the Sudharma assembly house of Dvaraka, Lord Krsna and His ministers and secretaries had been considering how to attack the kingdom of Jarasandha. Because they were seriously considering this subject, Narada’s proposal that Lord Krsna go to Hastinapura for Maharaja Yudhisthira’s great Rajasuya sacrifice did not much appeal to them. Lord Krsna could understand the intentions of His associates because He is the ruler of even Lord Brahma. Therefore, in order to pacify them, He smilingly [spoke] to Uddhava.”

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti points out that the Lord smiled because He was about to demonstrate Uddhava’s brilliant ability to give counsel in difficult situations.

SB 10.70.46
sri-bhagavan uvaca
tvam hi nah paramam caksuh
 suhrn mantrartha-tattva-vit
athatra bruhy anustheyam
 sraddadhmah karavama tat

The Personality of Godhead said: You are indeed Our best eye and closest friend, for you know perfectly the relative value of various kinds of counsel. Therefore please tell Us what should be done in this situation. We trust your judgment and shall do as you say.

SB 10.70.47
ity upamantrito bhartra
 sarva-j├▒enapi mugdha-vat
nidesam sirasadhaya
 uddhavah pratyabhasata

[Sukadeva Gosvami continued:] Thus requested by his master, who, though omniscient, acted as if perplexed, Uddhava took this order upon his head and replied as follows.

Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Seventieth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “Lord Krsna’s Daily Activities.”