Srimad Bhagavatam 11.09.32 - Let Us Remain Qualified in Krishna Consciousness (download mp3)
by Radha Gopinath Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
ity uktva sa yadum vipras
tam amantrya gabhira-dhih
vanditah sv-arcito rajña
yayau prito yathagatam
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Having thus spoken to King Yadu, the wise brahmana accepted obeisances and worship from the King and felt pleased within himself. Then bidding farewell, he left exactly as he had come.
Srila Sridhara Svami gives evidence from Srimad-Bhagavatam that the brahmana avadhuta was actually the incarnation of Godhead Dattatreya. The Bhagavatam (2.7.4) states:
yogardhim apur ubhayim yadu-haihayadyah
“Many Yadus, Haihayas, etc., became so purified, by the grace of the lotus feet of Dattatreya, the Lord, that they obtained both material and spiritual blessings.” This verse mentions that Yadu was purified by contact with the lotus feet of Dattatreya, and similarly the present verse states, vandito sv-arcito rajña: King Yadu worshiped the lotus feet of the brahmana. Thus, according to Srila Sridhara Svami, the avadhuta brahmana is the Personality of Godhead Himself, and this is confirmed by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura.