worshipper or yajaka of a demigod of a devata performs a tapasya whether as to Kartikeya or to Shiva or to Durga according to how they are performing their tapasya then they will give a reciprocal benediction. But the devotees of Krishna, they are considered to be like desire trees. Their mercy is beyond this type of calculation. That’s why we pray Vaisnavanam ya… we pray
kṛpā-sindhubhya eva ca
vaiṣṇavebhyo namo namaḥ
That they’re patita pavana, they’re unlimitedly merciful because even for a little small service, you see, they give a very big benediction. Or in this case, even without any qualification, rather negative qualification Manigriva and Nalakuvera had negative qualification. They were rather offensive. But as a result of their offenses, the mercy of… who can imagine Narada Muni’s mercy that he gave them a blessing in the form of a curse that they could see Krishna face to face. And they could reside in Vrindavan for so long. Even though they were trees, they were also blessed that they could have the same human intelligence. So they lot of time to meditate on their mistakes, and then in the end, they could see Krishna. So that that blessing of the devo… even his curse is a blessing. What to speak of his blessing? That is unimaginable.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 20th July, SB class @ Chennai, India.