Remaining Eternal Servant by Spiritual Master's Quidence

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.83.11-16 - Remaining Eternal Servant by Spiritual Master's Quidence (download mp3)
by Shubha Vilas Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.83.11
sri-kalindy uvaca
tapas carantim aj├▒aya
sakhyopetyagrahit panim
 yo ’ham tad-grha-marjani

Sri Kalindi said: The Lord knew I was performing severe austerities and penances with the hope of one day touching His lotus feet. So He came to me in the company of His friend and took my hand in marriage. Now I am engaged as a sweeper in His palace.

SB 10.83.12
yo mam svayamvara upetya vijitya bhu-pan
 ninye sva-yutha-gam ivatma-balim dviparih
bhratrms ca me ’pakurutah sva-puram sriyaukas
 tasyastu me ’nu-bhavam anghry-avanejanatvam

Sri Mitravinda said: At my svayamvara ceremony He came forward, defeated all the kings present — including my brothers, who dared insult Him — and took me away just as a lion removes his prey from amidst a pack of dogs. Thus Lord Krsna, the shelter of the goddess of fortune, brought me to His capital city. May I be allowed to serve Him by washing His feet, life after life.

SB 10.83.13-14
saptoksano ’ti-bala-virya-su-tiksna-srngan
 pitra krtan ksitipa-virya-pariksanaya
tan vira-durmada-hanas tarasa nigrhya
 kridan babandha ha yatha sisavo ’ja-tokan
ya ittham virya-sulkam mam
 dasibhis catur-anginim
pathi nirjitya rajanyan
 ninye tad-dasyam astu me

Sri Satya said: My father arranged for seven extremely powerful and vigorous bulls with deadly sharp horns to test the prowess of the kings who desired my hand in marriage. Although these bulls destroyed the false pride of many heroes, Lord Krsna subdued them effortlessly, tying them up in the same way that children playfully tie up a goat’s kids. He thus purchased me with His valor. Then He took me away with my maidservants and a full army of four divisions, defeating all the kings who opposed Him along the road. May I be granted the privilege of serving that Lord.

SB 10.83.15-16
pita me matuleyaya
 svayam ahuya dattavan
krsne krsnaya tac-cittam
 aksauhinya sakhi-janaih
asya me pada-samsparso
 bhavej janmani janmani
karmabhir bhramyamanaya
 yena tac chreya atmanah

Sri Bhadra said: My dear Draupadi, of his own free will my father invited his nephew Krsna, to whom I had already dedicated my heart, and offered me to Him as His bride. My father presented me to the Lord with an aksauhini military guard and a retinue of my female companions. My ultimate perfection is this: to always be allowed to touch Lord Krsna’s lotus feet as I wander from life to life, bound by my karma.

With the word atmanah, Queen Bhadra speaks not only for herself but for all living entities as well. The soul’s perfection (sreya atmanah) is devotional service to Lord Krsna, both in this world and beyond, in liberation.

Srila Jiva Gosvami comments that although in civilized society it is normally considered disrespectful to publicly speak the name of one’s guru or husband, Lord Krsna’s name is unique: the mere utterance of the name Krsna is commendable as the highest expression of reverence for God. As the Svetasvatara Upanisad (4.19) states, yasya nama mahad yasah: “The holy name of the Lord is supremely glorious.”