Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 83: Draupadī Meets the Queens of Kṛṣṇa

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.83.15-16


pitā me mātuleyāya

svayam āhūya dattavān

kṛṣṇe kṛṣṇāya tac-cittām

akṣauhiṇyā sakhī-janaiḥ

asya me pāda-saḿsparśo

bhavej janmani janmani

karmabhir bhrāmyamāṇāyā

yena tac chreya ātmanaḥ


śrī-bhadrā uvācaŚrī Bhadrā said; pitā — father; me — my; mātuleyāyato my maternal cousin; svayam — of his own accord; āhūya — inviting; dattavān — gave; kṛṣṇeO Kṛṣṇā (Draupadī); kṛṣṇāyato Lord Kṛṣṇa; tat — absorbed in whom; cittām — whose heart; akṣauhiṇyā — with an akṣauhiṇī military guard; sakhī-janaiḥ — and with my female companions; asya — His; me — for me; pāda — of the feet; saḿsparśaḥ — the touch; bhavet — may it be; janmani janmaniin one life after another; karmabhiḥ — due to the reactions of material activities; bhrāmyamāṇāyāḥ — who will be wandering; yena — by which; tat — that; śreyaḥ — ultimate perfection; ātmanaḥ — of myself.


Śrī Bhadrā said: My dear Draupadī, of his own free will my father invited his nephew Kṛṣṇa, to whom I had already dedicated my heart, and offered me to Him as His bride. My father presented me to the Lord with an akṣauhiṇi military guard and a retinue of my female companions. My ultimate perfection is this: to always be allowed to touch Lord Kṛṣṇa's lotus feet as I wander from life to life, bound by my karma.


With the word ātmanaḥ, Queen Bhadrā speaks not only for herself but for all living entities as well. The soul's perfection (śreya ātmanaḥ) is devotional service to Lord Kṛṣṇa, both in this world and beyond, in liberation.

Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī comments that although in civilized society it is normally considered disrespectful to publicly speak the name of one's guru or husband, Lord Kṛṣṇa's name is unique: the mere utterance of the name Kṛṣṇa is commendable as the highest expression of reverence for God. As the Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣad (4.19) states, yasya nāma mahad yaśaḥ: "The holy name of the Lord is supremely glorious."

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