Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda
- sa tān nara-vara-śreṣṭhān
- ārād vīkṣya sva-bāndhavān
- pratyutthāya pramuditaḥ
- pariṣvajyābhinandya ca
- nanāma kṛṣṇaṁ rāmaṁ ca
- sa tair apy abhivāditaḥ
- pūjayām āsa vidhi-vat
saḥ—he (Akrūra); tān—them (Kṛṣṇa, Balarāma and Uddhava); nara-vara—of illustrious personalities; śreṣṭhān—the greatest; ārāt—from a distance; vīkṣya—seeing; sva—his (Akrūra's); bāndhavān—relatives; pramuditaḥ—joyful; pariṣvajya—embracing; ca—and; nanāma—bowed down; kṛṣṇam rāmam ca—to Lord Kṛṣṇa and Lord Balarāma; saḥ—he; taiḥ—by Them; api—and; abhivāditaḥ—greeted; pūjayām āsa—he worshiped; vidhi-vat—according to scriptural injunctions; kṛta—who had done; āsana—of seats; parigrahān—acceptance.
Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda
Akrūra stood up in great joy when he saw them, his own relatives and the greatest of exalted personalities, coming from a distance. After embracing them and greeting them, Akrūra bowed down to Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma and was greeted by Them in return. Then, when his guests had taken their seats, he worshiped them in accordance with scriptural rules.
Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī points out that Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa and the others approached Akrūra in a friendly attitude. At first Akrūra reciprocated that friendly mood, and then, in the course of showing them hospitality, he adopted his natural devotional attitude toward the Lord and thus offered his obeisances to Śrī Kṛṣṇa and Śrī Balarāma.