Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 80:1-12

Book 10: Eighty (Latter Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 80: Verses 1-12

Sri Krsna's Reception of Sudama

King Pariksit submitted : 0 revered sage, Bhagavan Sri Krsna is the same as the Supreme Spirit. His powers are infinite. Therefore, His sports (which manifest His love and glory), are also infinite. We wish to hear now of the other glorious sports of the Lord. 0 sage, all beings on earth running after the mirage of worldly enjoyments are sorely afflicted at heart. The manifold desires pierce them every now and then like the shaft. Under the circumstance, what man of taste is there on earth, who having heard of the excellent sports of the most glorious Lord even repeatedly would cease listening to them further ? That speech alone is worth the name through which one sings His praises; those hands alone which do service to Him deserve to be called, hands; that mind alone is rightly so-called which constantly remembers the Lord dwelling in all mobile and immobile creatures; and those ears alone deserve the title which hear the sacred stories of His sports. That head alone deserves to be styled as such which bows to all mobile and immobile creatures, regarding them as the very images of God; that eye alone is the real eye, which sees God in everything and those limbs alone are properly so-called, which are daily sprinkled with the waters which wash the feet of the Lord and of His devotees.Sri SUta resumed : 0 sages, when king Pariksit made this submission to Sri Suka, the latter's heart got completely merged in the thought of Bhagavan Sri Krsna. (Then) addressing the king, he said: Sri Suka replied : (Pariksit), there was a certain Brahmana, who was a (great) friend of Bhagavan Sri Krsna. He possessed true knowledge of Brahma and was free from attachment to the objects of the senses. His mind was composed and he had full control over his senses.
Although a householder, he used to remain contented with whatever he got without effort. He was always ill-clad and his wife too had no sufficient clothing to cover her body with. (Due to extreme poverty they seldom had a full meal and) the wife (specially) became very feeble on account of starvation.(One day) the poor and afflicted wife of the Brahmana, who was (extremely) devoted to her husband, approached her husband with a withering face and a trembling body, and said to him:- "Adorable husband! Bhagavan Sri Krsna, the spouse of the Goddess of Wealth, Himself is your friend. He is like a wish-yielding tree to His devotees, the refuge of all and a great devotee of the Brahmanas. 0 blessed one, be pleased to approach Him, who is the resort of the righteous. When He comes to know that you are a householder and that you are suffering from want, He will bestow abundant wealth on you. He now resides at Dwaraka as the protector of the Bhojas, Vrsnis and Andhakas. He (is so generous that He) gives away His own Self to those who contemplate on His lotus-feet. It is no wonder, then, that He, the Supreme Teacher of the World, should bestow on His devotees wealth and objects of worldly enjoyment, which are after all not very desirable things." Thus frequently and gently entreated by the wife, the Brahmana at last agreed to the proposal; for he thought that it would give him an opportunity of seeing Bhagavan Sri Krsna, which was a, supreme gain in itself.



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