Canto 1: CreationChapter 11: Lord Kṛṣṇa's Entrance into Dvārakā

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 1.11.21

bhagavāḿs tatra bandhūnāḿ

paurāṇām anuvartinām

yathā-vidhy upasańgamya

sarveṣāḿ mānam ādadhe


bhagavānŚrī Kṛṣṇa, the Personality of Godhead; tatrain that place; bandhūnām — of the friends; paurāṇām — of the citizens; anuvartinām — those who approached Him to receive and welcome; yathā-vidhias it behooves; upasańgamya — going nearer; sarveṣām — for each and every one; mānam — honor and respects; ādadhe — offered.


Lord Kṛṣṇa, the Personality of Godhead, approached them and offered due honor and respect to each and every one of the friends, relatives, citizens and all others who came to receive and welcome Him.


The Supreme Lord Personality of Godhead is neither impersonal nor an inert object unable to reciprocate the feelings of His devotees. Here the word yathā-vidhi, or "just as it behooves" is significant. He reciprocates "just as it behooves" with His different types of admirers and devotees. Of course, the pure devotees are of one type only because they have no other object for service but the Lord, and therefore the Lord also reciprocates with such pure devotees just as it behooves, namely, He is always attentive to all the matters of His pure devotees. There are others who designate Him as impersonal, and so the Lord also does not take any personal interest. He satisfies everyone in terms of one's development of spiritual consciousness, and a sample of such reciprocation is exhibited here with His different welcomers.

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