Lord Krishna, in the Bhagavad Gita, says that those who seek
boons from Him are generous! This is an odd adjective to use
for a seeker. It would be understandable to describe a giver
as ‘generous.’ But how can one who asks for something be
The Lord uses the word ‘udaaraa,’ meaning generous here,
because if no one asks Him for anything, then His generosity
will not be widely known. So He labels the seeker ‘generous.’
This according to Vedanta Desika is Krishna Siddhanta,
explained Valayapet Ramachariar in a discourse.
Lord Krishna always thinks of Himself as a debtor, because
no matter how much He gives to His devotees He is still not
pleased and feels that He has not given them enough. In the
case of Draupadi, she cried out to Dwarakapurivasa — the
One who resides in Dwaraka and at once the Lord sent yards
of cloth to save her from being shamed in the Kaurava court.
But she did not stop with just that one name for the Lord. She
went on to repeat many of His names.
Lord Krishna felt that while He had sent cloth for one
name of His, what had He given her for the other names of
His that she had uttered? And so He felt He owed her more.
That is Krishna’s philosophy.
Parasara Bhattar says that if you do an anjali to Goddess
Ranganayaki of Srirangam just once, She will give you
whatever you ask for and yet, even after She has been
generous to you, She will continue to feel she hasn’t done
enough for you. That is how immeasurable Her generosity is.
The Vedas refer to Mahalakshmi as UdArA, and here Bhattar
justifies this usage, by pointing out that Her generosity is