Sudama's Disposition after Meeting Krishna

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.81.17-20 - Sudama's Disposition after Meeting Krishna (download mp3)
by Jayadvaita Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.81.17
nivasitah priya-juste
 paryanke bhrataro yatha
mahisya vijitah sranto

He treated me just like one of His brothers, making me sit on the bed of His beloved consort. And because I was fatigued, His queen personally fanned me with a yak-tail camara.

SB 10.81.18
susrusaya paramaya
pujito deva-devena
 vipra-devena deva-vat

Although He is the Lord of all demigods and the object of worship for all brahmanas, He worshiped me as if I were a demigod myself, massaging my feet and rendering other humble services.

SB 10.81.19
svargapavargayoh pumsam
 rasayam bhuvi sampadam
sarvasam api siddhinam
 mulam tac-caranarcanam

Devotional service to His lotus feet is the root cause of all the perfections a person can find in heaven, in liberation, in the subterranean regions and on earth.

SB 10.81.20
adhano ’yam dhanam prapya
 madyann uccair na mam smaret
iti karuniko nunam
 dhanam me ’bhuri nadadat

Thinking “If this poor wretch suddenly becomes rich, he will forget Me in his intoxicating happiness,” the compassionate Lord did not grant me even a little wealth.

Sudama’s statement that Lord Krsna bestowed on him “not even a little wealth” may also be taken to mean that instead of giving him wealth that was abhuri, “slight,” the Lord in fact gave him the immense treasure of His association. This alternate meaning has been suggested by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti.