Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 29: Kṛṣṇa and the Gopīs Meet for the Rāsa Dance

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.29.39

vīkṣyālakāvṛta-mukhaḿ tava kuṇdala-śrī

gaṇḍa-sthalādhara-sudhaḿ hasitāvalokam

dattābhayaḿ ca bhuja-daṇḍa-yugaḿ vilokya

vakṣaḥ śriyaika-ramaṇaḿ ca bhavāma dāsyaḥ


vīkṣya — seeing; alaka — by Your hair; āvṛta — covered; mukham — face: tava — Your; kuṇḍala — of Your earrings; śrī — with the beauty; gaṇḍa-sthala — having the cheeks; adhara — of Your lips; sudham — and the nectar; hasita — smiling; avalokam — with glances; datta — bestowing; abhayam — fearlessness; ca — and; bhuja-daṇḍa — of Your mighty arms; yugam — the pair; vilokya — glancing upon; vakṣaḥ — Your chest; śrī — of the goddess of fortune; eka — the only; ramaṇam — source of pleasure; ca — and; bhavāma — we must become; dāsyaḥ — Your maidservants.


Seeing Your face encircled by curling locks of hair, Your cheeks beautified by earrings, Your lips full of nectar, and Your smiling glance, and also seeing Your two imposing arms, which take away our fear, and Your chest, which is the only source of pleasure for the goddess of fortune, we must become Your maidservants.


Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura envisions the gopīs' dealings with Kṛṣṇa as follows:

"Kṛṣṇa says, 'You want to become My servants; so do I have to buy you with some payment, or are you giving yourselves freely?'

The gopīs reply, " 'Since the beginning of our youthful womanhood You have been purchasing us with a payment millions and millions of times more than enough. That payment is Your gemlike smiling glance, which constitutes a great treasure we have never heard about or seen anywhere else.'

" 'When You put Your golden turban on Your head, Your maidservant will act as Your valet, pulling up the turban bit by bit until it is in just the right position. And even while You shake a chastising finger at her, trying hard to prohibit her, she will put her hand beneath Your turban and take the opportunity to glance at Your face. Thus we, Your maidservants, will relish with our eyes Your abundant sweetness.'

"Kṛṣṇa says, 'Your husbands will not tolerate this behavior of ours. They will complain bitterly to King Kaḿsa, thus producing a fearful situation for Me and for you as well.'

"The gopīs say, 'But Kṛṣṇa, Your two mighty arms make us fearless, just as they did when You held up Govardhana Hill to protect us from the pride of Mahendra. Those arms will certainly kill that beast Kaḿsa.'

" 'But being a religious person, I cannot make others' wives My maidservants. '

" 'O dear crest jewel of religious personalities, You may say that You refuse to make the cowherds' wives Your maidservants, but by force You have already taken Lakṣmī, the wife of Nārāyaṇa, from Vaikuṇṭha and are carrying her around on Your chest. Out of shame she has assumed the form of a golden line on Your chest, and she takes her only pleasure there.

" 'Besides, within all the fourteen worlds and even above these worlds — in Vaikuṇṭhaloka, beyond this universe — You never reject any beautiful woman, no matter who she is or whom she belongs to. We know this quite well.' "

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