Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 82: Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma Meet the Inhabitants of Vṛndāvana

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.82.44

mayi bhaktir hi bhūtānām

amṛtatvāya kalpate

diṣṭyā yad āsīn mat-sneho

bhavatīnāḿ mad-āpanaḥ


mayito Me; bhaktiḥ — devotional service; hi — indeed; bhūtānām — for living beings; amṛtatvāyato immortality; kalpate — leads; diṣṭyā — by good fortune; yat — which; āsīt — has developed; mat — for Me; snehaḥ — the love; bhavatīnām — on the part of your good selves; matMe; āpanaḥ — which is the cause of obtaining.


Rendering devotional service to Me qualifies any living being for eternal life. But by your good fortune you have developed a special loving attitude toward Me, by which you have obtained Me.


According to Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī, the gopīs then replied, "But that Supreme Lord You are blaming is none other than Yourself, O most clever of speakers. Everyone in the world knows this! Why should we be ignorant of this fact?" "All right," Lord Kṛṣṇa then told them, "if this is true, I must be God, but still I am conquered by your loving affection?'

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