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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.80.44

śrī-brāhmaṇa uvāca

kim asmābhir anirvṛttaḿ

deva-deva jagad-guro

bhavatā satya-kāmena

yeṣāḿ vāso guror abhūt


śrī-brāhmaṇaḥ uvāca — the brāhmaṇa said; kim — what; asmābhiḥ — by us; anirvṛttam — not achieved; deva-devaO Lord of lords; jagat — of the universe; guroO spiritual master; bhavatā — with You; satya — fulfilled; kāmena — all whose desires; yeṣām — whose; vāsaḥ — residence; guroḥ — at the home of the spiritual master; abhūt — was.


The brāhmaṇa said: What could I possibly have failed to achieve, O Lord of lords, O universal teacher, since I was able to personally live with You, whose every desire is fulfilled, at the home of our spiritual master?


Sudāmā Brāhmaṇa wisely understands his extraordinary good fortune of having lived with Śrī Kṛṣṇa at the residence of their spiritual master. Thus whatever external difficulties they experienced were actually an expression of the Lord's mercy, to teach the importance of service to the spiritual master.

Śrīla Prabhupāda renders the learned brāhmaṇa's feelings as follows: "[Sudāmā said:] 'My dear Kṛṣṇa, You are the Supreme Lord and the supreme spiritual master of everyone, and since I was fortunate enough to live with You in the house of our guru, I think I have nothing more to do in the matter of prescribed Vedic duties.' "

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