इति कारुणिको नूनं धनं मेऽभूरि नाददात् ॥ २० ॥
mādyann uccair na māṁ smaret
iti kāruṇiko nūnaṁ
dhanaṁ me ’bhūri nādadāt
Thinking “If this poor wretch suddenly becomes rich, he will forget Me in his intoxicating happiness,” the compassionate Lord did not grant me even a little wealth.
Sudāmā’s statement that Lord Kṛṣṇa bestowed on him “not even a little wealth” may also be taken to mean that instead of giving him wealth that was abhuri, “slight,” the Lord in fact gave him the immense treasure of His association. This alternate meaning has been suggested by Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī.