Joy of Servitude to Krishna

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.83.39 - Joy of Servitude to Krishna (download mp3)
by Chaitanya Lila Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.83.39
atmaramasya tasyema
 vayam vai grha-dasikah
 tapasa ca babhuvima

Thus, by renouncing all material association and practicing austere penances, we queens have all become personal maidservants of the self-satisfied Supreme Lord.

In the opinion of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti, Srimati Laksmana became embarrassed when she realized that she had been talking about herself, and so she spoke this verse praising her co-wives. In her humility Laksmana claimed that Krsna’s queens, unlike ordinary wives, could not bring their husband under control, and thus they could relate to Him only as servile housekeepers. In fact, however, since the Lord’s queens are direct expansions of His internal pleasure potency (hladini-sakti), they fully controlled Him with their love.