Reacting In Right Frame Of Mind

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.89.10-11 - Reacting In Right Frame Of Mind (download mp3)
by Mukunda Mala Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.89.10-11
punihi saha-lokam mam
 loka-palams ca mad-gatan
padodakena bhavatas
 tirthanam tirtha-karina
adyaham bhagavaḻ laksmya
 asam ekanta-bhajanam
vatsyaty urasi me bhutir

“Please purify Me, My realm and the realms of the universal rulers devoted to Me by giving us the water that has washed your feet. This holy water is indeed what makes all places of pilgrimage sacred. Today, my lord, I have become the exclusive shelter of the goddess of fortune, Laksmi; she will consent to reside on My chest because your foot has rid it of sins.”

Continuing his comments, Srila Prabhupada says: “The so-called brahmanas of the Kali-yuga are sometimes very proud that a great brahmana like Bhrgu Muni could touch the chest of Lord Visnu with his foot. But in fact, when Bhrgu Muni kicked the chest of Lord Visnu it was the greatest offense, although Lord Visnu, being greatly magnanimous, did not take it very seriously.”

Some editions of Srimad-Bhagavatam contain the following verse between texts 11 and 12, and Srila Prabhupada also includes it in Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, his summary study of the Tenth Canto:

ativa-komalau tata
 caranau te maha-mune
ity uktva vipra-caranau
 mardayan svena panina

“[The Lord said to the brahmana Bhrgu:] ‘My dear sir, O great sage, your feet are indeed very tender.’ Saying this, Lord Visnu began massaging the brahmana’s feet with His own hands.”