Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 58: Kṛṣṇa Marries Five Princesses

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.58.10

na te 'sti sva-para-bhrāntir

viśvasya suhṛd-ātmanaḥ

tathāpi smaratāḿ śaśvat

kleśān haḿsi hṛdi sthitaḥ


na — not; te — for You; asti — there is; sva — of one's own; para — and of others'; bhrāntiḥ — delusion; viśvasya — of the universe; suhṛt — for the well-wisher; ātmanaḥ — and Soul; tathā api — nonetheless; smaratām — of those who remember; śaśvat — continuously; kleśān — the sufferings; haḿsi — You destroy; hṛdiin the heart; sthitaḥ — situated.


For You, the well-wishing friend and Supreme Soul of the universe, there is never any illusion of "us" and "them." Yet even so, residing within the hearts of all, You eradicate the sufferings of those who remember You constantly.


The intelligent Queen Kuntī here points out that even though Lord Kṛṣṇa is dealing with her affectionately as a relative, He is not compromising His position as the well-wishing Soul of the universe. In other words, the Lord doesn't play favorites. As He says in the Bhagavad-gītā (9.29), samo 'haḿ sarva-bhūteṣu: "I am equal to everyone." So while the Lord reciprocates with all souls, it is natural that those who love Him intensely receive His special attention, for they want Him and nothing else.

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