Sudama, a brahmana, was urged by his wife to visit Krsna in hopes that such a visit would bring about a lessening in their material suffering as they found themselves poor and without the bare minimum required to meet their daily needs. Sudama tried to resist honoring such a request from his wife but at last he relented.
They had very little to offer anyone, let alone the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and though Sudama was a friend of Krsna’s he was nonetheless very hesitant and ashamed to bring what his wife had given him to offer Krsna. Chipped rice. Something very common throughout India and very cheap.
When it was time for Sudama to offer Krsna the chipped rice he faltered.
From Krsna Book, chapter 81, by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
“Lord Krsna knew that Sudama was hesitating to present Him with the paltry chipped rice, which was actually unfit for His eating. Understanding the mind of Sudama Vipra, the Lord said, “My dear friend, I am certainly not in need of anything, but if My devotee gives Me something as an offering of love, even though it may be very insignificant, I accept it with great pleasure. On the other hand, if a person is not a devotee, even though he may offer Me very valuable things, I do not like to accept them. I actually accept only things offered to Me in devotion and love; otherwise, however valuable a thing may be, I do not accept it. If My pure devotee offers Me even the most insignificant things—a little flower, a little piece of leaf, a little water—but saturates the offering in devotional love, then not only do I gladly accept such an offering, but I eat it with great pleasure.”
The poems and articles published in this blog are inspired by my love and devotion of Krsna and Sri Guru. I present them as offerings to them and their devotees. Though they may be simple and often incomplete, it is my hope that there will be times when readers will be able relate to the words shared in its poems and find themselves encouraged. And still other times when some will find their hearts inspired by the nectar from our auspicious teachers of both past and present who will be quoted in its articles.
vancha-kalpatarubhyas ca kripa-sindhubhya eva ca
patitanam pavanebhyo vaishnavebhyo namo namah