Srimad Bhagavatam 11.29.24-29 - Friendship with Krishna (download mp3)
by Narasimha Tirtha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
abhīkṣṇaśas te gaditaṁ
etad vijñāya mucyeta
I have repeatedly spoken this knowledge to you with clear reasoning. Anyone who properly understands it will become free from all doubts and attain liberation.
su-viviktaṁ tava praśnaṁ
mayaitad api dhārayet
Anyone who fixes his attention on these clear answers to your questions will attain to the eternal, confidential goal of the Vedas — the Supreme Absolute Truth.
ya etan mama bhakteṣu
dadāmy ātmānam ātmanā
One who liberally disseminates this knowledge among My devotees is the bestower of the Absolute Truth, and to him I give My very own self.
ya etat samadhīyīta
pavitraṁ paramaṁ śuci
sa pūyetāhar ahar māṁ
He who loudly recites this supreme knowledge, which is the most lucid and purifying, becomes purified day by day, for he reveals Me to others with the lamp of transcendental knowledge.
ya etac chraddhayā nityam
avyagraḥ śṛṇuyān naraḥ
mayi bhaktiṁ parāṁ kurvan
karmabhir na sa badhyate
Anyone who regularly listens to this knowledge with faith and attention, all the while engaging in My pure devotional service, will never become bound by the reactions of material work.
apy uddhava tvayā brahma
api te vigato mohaḥ
śokaś cāsau mano-bhavaḥ
My dear friend Uddhava, have you now completely understood this transcendental knowledge? Are the confusion and lamentation that arose in your mind now dispelled?
Śrī Uddhava had been bewildered by considering manifestations of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s own potency to be separate from Him. Uddhava’s lamentation arose because he thought himself separated from Lord Kṛṣṇa. Actually, Śrī Uddhava is an eternally liberated soul, but the Lord placed him in bewilderment and lamentation so that this supreme knowledge of the Uddhava-gīta could be spoken. Lord Kṛṣṇa’s question here indicates that if Uddhava had not perfectly understood this knowledge, Lord Kṛṣṇa would have explained the same thing again. According to Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura, since Śrī Uddhava is the intimate friend of Lord Kṛṣṇa, the Lord’s question here was in a friendly, playful spirit. The Lord was well aware of Uddhava’s complete enlightenment in Kṛṣṇa consciousness.