Canto 3: The Status QuoChapter 4: Vidura Approaches Maitreya

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 3.4.6

adrākṣam ekam āsīnaḿ

vicinvan dayitaḿ patim

śrī-niketaḿ sarasvatyāḿ

kṛta-ketam aketanam


adrākṣamI saw; ekam — alone; āsīnam — sitting; vicinvan — deeply thinking; dayitam — patron; patim — master; śrī-niketam — the shelter of the goddess of fortune; sarasvatyām — on the bank of the Sarasvatī; kṛta-ketam — taking shelter; aketanam — being situated without a shelter.


Thus following, I saw my patron and master [Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa] sitting alone and deeply thinking, taking shelter on the bank of the River Sarasvatī although He is the shelter of the goddess of fortune.


Those who are in the renounced order of life often take shelter underneath a tree. The Lord was found by Uddhava in that condition of taking shelter as do persons who have no shelter. Because He is the proprietor of everything, everywhere is His shelter, and everywhere is under His shelter. The entire material and spiritual cosmic manifestation is sustained by Him, and therefore He is the shelter of everything. So there was nothing astonishing in His taking shelter in the way of the unsheltered who are in the renounced order of life.

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