By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
So Krishna has nothing to do. He is the Supreme. Why He shall have something to do? Na tasya kāryam karanam… This is the definition in the Vedas: “God has nothing to do. He is self-sufficient. Neither has He got any aspiration.” Just like we are thinking of purchasing this land, that land. Why will Krishna think like that? Because every land is belonging to Him. So He has nothing to purchase. Everything is there. So why does He come?
He comes for paritrānāya sādhūnām vināśāya ca duskrtām [Bg. 4.8]. He wants to give protection to the devotees, to glorify the devotees. That is His business. Otherwise He has no business. He has nothing to do. Just like a devotee has nothing to do except serving Krishna, except to see Krishna is pleased, similarly, Krishna has nothing to do, but He wants to glorify His devotee. This is reciprocation. Ye yathā mām prapadyante [Bg. 4.11]. If you… If you dedicate your life for glorifying the Supreme Lord, the Lord is also ready. His business is to glorify you. Otherwise, He has no business.
Therefore here it is said that priyasya, yadoh priyasya. King Yadu became very dear to Krishna by rendering service. As Krishna is very dear to the devotee, similarly, devotees are also very, very dear to Krishna. There is another verse, sva-pāda-mūlam bhajatah priyasya. “If one is engaged at the lotus feet of Krishna, he becomes very, very dear.” One who is simply engaged for rendering service to the lotus feet of Krishna—he has no other business—he becomes priya (dear). And as soon as you become priya, or dear to Krishna, then your all problems solved. Just like if you become a dear child of a very big, rich man, then where is your problem? Automatically he’s taken care of. Because he has become dear child of a very big man, so what is his problem? No problem. Similarly, we have to become very dear to Krishna. Then all our problems solved.
These rascals, karmīs, they do not know. They want to become happy by their own endeavor. That is called karmī. They are working very hard—the same thing—to be very happy, and the devotee is also trying to become happy. Everyone is trying. Sukham ātyantikam yat tad atīndriya-grāhyam [Bg. 6.21].
Everyone is trying to become happy, because to become happy is our natural tendency. Ānandamayo ‘bhyāsāt (Vedānta-sūtra 1.1.12). Everyone is trying to become happy. But the karmīs, the jnānīs, the yogis, they do not know how to become perfectly happy. They’re making their own endeavor. Karmīs are trying to work hard, day and night, to get money. “Some way or other, never mind black and white. Bring money. I must have nice car, nice house, nice bank balance.” This is karmī. And jnānī, when he is fed up with working, when he understands that “This working hard and bank balance could not make me in any way happy, so therefore this is false, all these activities, what I am… brahma satyam jagan mithyā”. So they become disgusted and take to Brahman. Brahma satyam.
Brahma satyam is fact, but because they are trying to understand Brahman by their speculative method, they cannot understand Brahman… Simply understanding, aham brahmāsmi, will not make you happy. You have to utilize his Brahman’s position. That means bhakti. Simply to understand aham brahmāsmi is called śānta-rasa. You must develop further. That is called dāsya-rasa, to become the servant of the Supreme Brahman.
[An excerpt from a lecture delivered on the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 1.8.32 in Mayapur, India on October 12, 1974]