Glories of Sudama's Wife

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.81.25 - Glories of Sudama's Wife (download mp3)
by Sahadeva Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.81.25
patim agatam akarnya
 patny uddharsati-sambhrama
niscakrama grhat turnam
 rupini srir ivalayat

When she heard that her husband had arrived, the brahmana’s wife quickly came out of the house in a jubilant flurry. She resembled the goddess of fortune herself emerging from her divine abode.

Srila Sridhara Svami points out that since Lord Krsna had turned Sudama’s home into a heavenly abode, everyone living there now possessed beautiful bodies and attire appropriate to the residents of heaven. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti adds this insight: The night before, Sudama’s poor, emaciated wife had been sleeping in rags under a crumbling roof, but when she woke in the morning she found herself and her house wonderfully changed. Only for a moment was she confused; she then realized that this opulence was the Lord’s gift to her husband, who must be on his way home. Thus she prepared to greet him.