Focusing on essence makes one Successful

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.71.09-10 - Focusing on essence makes one Successful (download mp3)
by Rasikacharya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.71.9
gayanti te visada-karma grhesu devyo
 rajñam sva-satru-vadham atma-vimoksanam ca
gopyas ca kuñjara-pater janakatmajayah
 pitros ca labdha-sarana munayo vayam ca

In their homes, the godly wives of the imprisoned kings sing of Your noble deeds — about how You will kill their husbands’ enemy and deliver them. The gopis also sing Your glories — how You killed the enemy of the elephant king, Gajendra; the enemy of Sita, daughter of Janaka; and the enemies of Your own parents as well. So also do the sages who have obtained Your shelter glorify You, as do we ourselves.

Great sages and devotees had informed the grief-stricken wives of the imprisoned kings that Lord Krsna would arrange for the killing of Jarasandha and would thus save them from their crisis. These godly women would thus sing the glories of the Lord at home, and when their children would cry for their fathers, their mothers would tell them, “Child, do not cry. Sri Krsna will save your father.” In fact, the Lord has saved many devotees in the past, as described here.

SB 10.71.10
jarasandha-vadhah krsna
prayah paka-vipakena
 tava cabhimatah kratuh

O Krsna, the killing of Jarasandha, which is certainly a reaction of his past sins, will bring immense benefit. Indeed, it will make possible the sacrificial ceremony You desire.

Sridhara Svami explains that the word bhury-artha, “immense benefit,” signifies that with the death of Jarasandha it will become easy to kill the demon Sisupala and to realize other objectives. The great commentator Sridhara Svami further explains that the term paka indicates that the kings will be saved as a result of their piety, and that the term vipakena indicates that Jarasandha will die as a result of his wickedness. In either case, the plan Uddhava has proposed is most favorable for the execution of the great Rajasuya sacrifice, desired by both the Lord and His pure devotees the Pandavas, headed by King Yudhisthira.