Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 80: The Brāhmaṇa Sudāmā Visits Lord Kṛṣṇa in Dvārakā

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.80.12-13

sa evaḿ bhāryayā vipro

bahuśaḥ prārthito muhuḥ

ayaḿ hi paramo lābha


iti sañcintya manasā

gamanāya matiḿ dadhe

apy asty upāyanaḿ kiñcid

gṛhe kalyāṇi dīyatām


saḥhe; evamin this way; bhāryayā — by his wife; vipraḥ — the brāhmaṇa; bahuśaḥ — profusely; prārthitaḥ — entreated; muhuḥ — over and over; ayam — this; hi — indeed; paramaḥ — the supreme; lābhaḥ — gain; uttamaḥ-śloka — of Lord Kṛṣṇa; darśanam — the sight; itiso; sañcintya — thinking; manasā — within his mind; gamanāyato go; matim dadhehe made his decision; api — whether; asti — there is; upāyanam — gift; kiñcit — some; gṛhein the house; kalyāṇi — my good woman; dīyatām — please give.


[Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued:] When his wife thus repeatedly implored him in various ways, the brāhmaṇa thought to himself, "To see Lord Kṛṣṇa is indeed the greatest achievement in life." Thus he decided to go, but first he told her, "My good wife, if there is anything in the house I can bring as a gift, please give it to me."


Sudāmā was naturally humble, and thus although at first he was dissatisfied with his wife's proposal, finally he settled his mind and decided to go. Now the last detail was that he had to take a gift for his friend.

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