Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 48: Kṛṣṇa Pleases His Devotees

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.48.1

śrī-śuka uvāca

atha vijñāya bhagavān

sarvātmā sarva-darśanaḥ

sairandhryāḥ kāma-taptāyāḥ

priyam icchan gṛhaḿ yayau


śrī-śukaḥ uvācaŚrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; atha — then; vijñāya — understanding; bhagavān — the Supreme Lord; sarva — of all; ātmā — the Soul; sarva — of everything; darśanaḥ — the seer; sairandhryāḥ — of the serving girl, Trivakrā; kāma — by lust; taptāyāḥ — troubled; priyam — the satisfaction; icchan — wanting; gṛhamto her house; yayauHe went.


Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Next, after assimilating Uddhava's report, Lord Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the omniscient Soul of all that be, desired to satisfy the serving girl Trivakrā, who was troubled by lust. Thus He went to her house.


This text gives an interesting insight into the Lord's pastimes. The first line says, atha vijñnāya bhagavān: "Thus the Lord, understanding [Uddhava's report]...." The second line states that Lord Kṛṣṇa is the Soul of everything (sarvātmā) and the seer of everything (sarva-darśanaḥ). In other words, although He certainly does not depend on spoken reports from messengers, He plays the part of a human being and listens to news from a messenger — not out of need, as we would do, but in the bliss of His spiritual pastimes, exchanging love with His pure devotee. The word sarva-darśanaḥ also indicates that the Lord perfectly understood the feelings of the residents of Vraja and was perfectly reciprocating with them within their hearts. Now, in His external pastimes, He desired to bless Śrīmatī Trivakrā, who was about to be freed from the disease of material lust.

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