Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 19: Swallowing the Forest Fire

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.19.11

śrī-śuka uvāca

vaco niśamya kṛpaṇaḿ

bandhūnāḿ bhagavān hariḥ

nimīlayata bhaiṣṭa

locanānīty abhāṣata

SYNONYMS

śrī-śukaḥ uvācaŚrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; vacaḥ — the words; niśamya — hearing; kṛpaṇam — pitiful; bandhūnām — of His friends; bhagavān — the Supreme Personality of Godhead; hariḥHari; nimīlayata — just close; bhaiṣṭado not be afraid; locanāni — your eyes; iti — thus; abhāṣataHe spoke.

TRANSLATION

Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Hearing these pitiful words from His friends, the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa told them, "Just close your eyes and do not be afraid."

PURPORT

This verse clearly reveals the simple, sublime relationship between Kṛṣṇa and His pure devotees. The Absolute Truth, the supreme almighty Lord, is actually a young, blissful cowherd boy named Kṛṣṇa. God is youthful, and His mentality is playful. When He saw that His beloved friends were terrified of the forest fire, He simply told them to close their eyes and not be afraid. Then Lord Kṛṣṇa acted, as described in the next verse.

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