Devotees Cherishing Krishna's Reciprocation

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.81.35-36 - Devotees Cherishing Krishna's Reciprocation (download mp3)
by Narasimha Tirtha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.81.35
kiƱcit karoty urv api yat sva-dattam
 suhrt-krtam phalgv api bhuri-kari
mayopanitam prthukaika-mustim
 pratyagrahit priti-yuto mahatma

The Lord considers even His greatest benedictions to be insignificant, while He magnifies even a small service rendered to Him by His well-wishing devotee. Thus with pleasure the Supreme Soul accepted a single palmful of the flat rice I brought Him.

SB 10.81.36
tasyaiva me sauhrda-sakhya-maitri-
 dasyam punar janmani janmani syat
mahanubhavena gunalayena
 visajjatas tat-purusa-prasangah

The Lord is the supremely compassionate reservoir of all transcendental qualities. Life after life may I serve Him with love, friendship and sympathy, and may I cultivate such firm attachment for Him by the precious association of His devotees.

As explained by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti, sauhrdam here signifies affection toward Him who is so compassionate to His devotees, sakhyam is affinity manifested in the desire to live in His company, maitri is the attitude of intimate comradeship, and dasyam is the urge to do service.