Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 23: The Brāhmaṇas' Wives Blessed

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.23.34

śrī-śuka uvāca

ity uktā dvija-patnyas

yajña-vāṭaḿ punar gatāḥ

te cānasūyavas tābhiḥ

strībhiḥ satram apārayan

SYNONYMS

śrī-śukaḥ uvācaŚrī Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; iti — with these words; uktāḥ — spoken to; dvija-patnyaḥ — the wives of the brāhmaṇas; tāḥ — they; yajña-vāṭamto the place of sacrifice; punaḥ — again; gatāḥ — went; te — they, their husbands; ca — and; anasūyavaḥ — not inimical; tābhiḥ — together with them; strībhiḥ — their wives; satram — the sacrificial performance; apārayan — they completed.

TRANSLATION

Śrīla Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Thus instructed, the wives of the brāhmaṇas returned to the place of sacrifice. The brāhmaṇas did not find any fault with their wives, and together with them they finished the sacrifice.

PURPORT

The wives of the brāhmaṇas obeyed Lord Kṛṣṇa's order and returned to the sacrificial arena of their husbands, whereas the gopīs, although ordered by Kṛṣṇa to go home, remained in the forest to dance with Him through the full-moon night. Both the gopīs and the brāhmaṇas' wives achieved pure love of Godhead.

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