Unlimited relationships with Krishna

Babhru Das - October 11, 2005 10:37 pm

Text 189

According to the way one worships, the Lord awards different results. One who thus reaches the goal he has pursued never feels discontent.


Srila Sanatan Goswami’s commentary:

The Personality of Godhead knows everything there is to know. He is also the most merciful giver of charity. Why then doesn’t He give the same supreme happiness to all his devotees? It is because what He gives them depends on their expressed desires. Then aren’t the devotees dissatisfied who receive happiness that is relatively less? No. When the Supreme Lord reciprocates the love of any of His pure devotees, the devotee is never left feeling incomplete, because everything the devotees wanted the Lord provides.


Text 190

The Lord’s pastimes expand in unlimited variety. His mind is deeper than millions of oceans. The opulence of His diverse pastimes attracts His devotees to Him in so many ways. Who can understand Him by speculation?



But why doesn’t the Lord bestow the very best method of worship upam all His devotees? After all, He is Hrishikesha, the master of the senses, who inspires all the energies of knowledge and activity.


If He wanted to bestow the very best method, He could, but he chooses instead to respond to the individual taste of each devotee for a particular loving service. This variety of reciprocation with many different devotees is His lila and His special greatness. How can anyone presume to understand why He acts as he does? We can understand only this much: Were He not to expand varieties of pastimes with various devotees, the charm of His variegated enjoyment would not be complete.


Text 191

Even amidst such diversity the lord’s mercy achieves its highest perfection, for despite the hierarchy of greater and lesser devotees, none is affected by envy or by any such bad feelings toward others. Each devotee, following his own nature, attains the final limit of happiness in the service that suits his own taste.



That the Supreme Lord does not behave the same with every devotee does not invalidate the glory of His boundless compassion. Rather, His discriminating dealings with His servants enhance His reputation because every devotee relishes the highest possible happiness. By the nature of devotional service, none of the Lord’s servants ever becomes dissatisfied. On the heavenly planets and elsewhere in the material world, inequality leads to conflict and envy, ut no in the dealings between the Supreme Lord and His devotees. Rivalry, jealousy, and other undesirable emotions bever interfere with their happiness. Devotees on the path of pure devotional service are protected from these inauspicious influences, including false pride and malice toward others. Vaishnavas are naturally friendly to one another. Free from envy, they can peacefully pursue their real self-interests.

SashidharaDasa - October 12, 2005 12:18 am

Thank you so much for posting this Babhru Prabhuji ..it is so nice..



Babhru Das - October 12, 2005 2:38 am

You're very welcome. I read this last night and thought it was just really cool.