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Verse 2.5.105

TEXT 2.5.105

yasyaika-vṛkṣo ’pi nijena kenacid
dravyeṇa kāmāṃs tanute ’rthino ’khilān
tathāpi tat tan na sadā prakāśayed
aiśvaryam īśaḥ sva-vihāra-vighnataḥ


yasya—of which (Vraja-bhūmi); eka—one; vṛkṣaḥ— tree; api—even; nijena—own; kenacit—by its own; dravyeṇa—substances; kāmān—the desires; tanute— supplies; arthinaḥ—of one who has desires; akhilān— all; tathā api—nonetheless; tat tat—all those; na— not; sadā—always; prakāśayet—He displays; aiśvaryam—His power; īśaḥ—the Lord; sva—His; vihāra—to the pastimes; vighnataḥ—because of obstruction.


105. In the land of Vraja any tree with any of its parts can fulfill all the desires of anyone who asks. Yet the Lord does not always display His opulences in Vraja, because that might obstruct the enjoyment of His pastimes.


Commentary: As a simple example of how opulent is the land of Vraja, even the trees there can satisfy all desires with a single fruit, a single flower, or any part of their bodies. In other words, a person who approaches those trees has his life’s ambitions fulfilled. This is described in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (10.22.34) by the Personality of Godhead Himself:

patra-puṣpa-phala-cchāyā-mūla-valkala-dārubhiḥ gandha-niryāsa-bhasmāsthi-tokmaiḥ kāmān vitanvate

“These trees fulfill one’s desires with their leaves, flowers and fruits, their shade, roots, bark, and wood, and also with their fragrance, sap, ashes, pulp, and shoots.”

If even the trees in Vraja display such wonderful powers, how could the opulences of Vraja be kept secret? And how then could Vraja be a suitable place for the Supreme Lord to enjoy pastimes as an ordinary person? Vraja is suitable because the Lord reveals those opulences only in select instances, when they are useful for His purposes. If there is no special need for them He keeps them hidden. Thus the opulences of Godhead are only occasionally seen in Vraja, though the Lord’s charming pastimes as the darling of the cowherds are always visibly expanding.

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