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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.19.16

gopīnāḿ paramānanda

āsīd govinda-darśane

kṣaṇaḿ yuga-śatam iva

yāsāḿ yena vinābhavat


gopīnām — for the young cowherd girls; parama-ānandaḥ — the greatest happiness; āsīt — arose; govinda-darśanein seeing Govinda; kṣaṇama moment; yuga-śatama hundred millenniums; iva — just as; yāsām — for whom; yena — whom (Kṛṣṇa); vinā — without; abhavat — became.


The young gopīs took the greatest pleasure in seeing Govinda come home, since for them even a moment without His association seemed like a hundred ages.


After saving the cowherd boys from the blazing forest fire, Kṛṣṇa saved the cowherd girls from the blazing fire of separation from Him. The gopīs, headed by Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, have the greatest love for Kṛṣṇa, and even a single moment's separation from Him seems like millions of years to them. The gopīs are the greatest devotees of God, and their specific pastimes with Kṛṣṇa will be described later in this work.

Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda to the Tenth Canto, Nineteenth Chapter of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, entitled "Swallowing the Forest Fire."

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