Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 69: Nārada Muni Visits Lord Kṛṣṇa's Palaces in Dvārakā

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.69.17

śrī-nārada uvāca

naivādbhutaḿ tvayi vibho 'khila-loka-nāthe

maitrī janeṣu sakaleṣu damaḥ khalānām

niḥśreyasāya hi jagat-sthiti-rakṣaṇābhyāḿ

svairāvatāra urugāya vidāma suṣṭhu

SYNONYMS

śrī-nāradaḥ uvācaŚrī Nārada said; na — not; eva — at all; adbhutam — surprising; tvayi — for You; vibhoO almighty one; akhila — of all; loka — worlds; nāthe — for the ruler; maitrī — friendship; janeṣu — toward people; sakaleṣu — all; damaḥ — the subduing; khalānām — of the envious; niḥśreyasāya — for the highest benefit; hi — indeed; jagat — of the universe; sthiti — by maintenance; rakṣaṇābhyām — and protection; svaira — freely chosen; avatāraḥ — descent; uru-gāyaO You who are praised universally; vidāma — we know; suṣṭhu — well.

TRANSLATION

Śrī Nārada said: O almighty Lord, it is no surprise that You, the ruler of all worlds, show friendship for all people and yet subdue the envious. As we well know, You descend by Your sweet will in order to bestow the highest good on this universe by maintaining and protecting it. Thus Your glories are widely sung.

PURPORT

As pointed out by Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī, all living beings are in fact servants of the Lord. The ācārya quotes the following verse from the Padma Purāṇa to elucidate:

a-kāreṇocyate viṣṇuḥ

śrīr u-kāreṇa kathyate

ma-kāras tu tayor dāsaḥ

pañca-viḿśaḥ prakīrtitaḥ

"[In the mantra om] the letter a signifies Lord Viṣṇu, the letter u signifies the goddess Śrī, and the letter m refers to their servant, who is the twenty-fifth element." The twenty-fifth element is the jīva, the living being. Every living being is a servant of the Lord, and the Lord is the true friend of every living being. Thus even when the Lord chastises envious persons like Jarāsandha, such punishment amounts to real friendship, since both the Lord's chastisement and His blessing are for the benefit of the living being.

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