Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 30: The Gopīs Search for Kṛṣṇa

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.30.35-36

ity evaḿ darśayantyas tāś

cerur gopyo vicetasaḥ

yāḿ gopīm anayat kṛṣṇo

vihāyānyāḥ striyo vane

ca mene tadātmānaḿ

variṣṭhaḿ sarva-yoṣitām

hitvā gopīḥ kāma-yānā

mām asau bhajate priyaḥ


iti — thus; evamin this manner; darśayantyaḥ — showing; tāḥ — they; ceruḥ — wandered; gopyaḥ — the gopīs; vicetasaḥ — completely bewildered; yām — which; gopīmgopī; anayatHe took; kṛṣṇaḥ — Lord Kṛṣṇa; vihāya — abandoning; anyāḥ — the other; striyaḥ — women; vanein the forest; — She; ca — also; mene — thought; tadā — then; ātmānam — Herself; variṣṭham — the best; sarva — of all; yoṣitām — women; hitvā — rejecting; gopīḥ — the gopīs; kāma-yānāḥ — who are impelled by lusty desire; māmMe; asauHe; bhajate — is accepting; priyaḥ — the beloved.


As the gopīs wandered about, their minds completely bewildered, they pointed out various signs of Kṛṣṇa's pastimes. The particular gopī whom Kṛṣṇa had led into a secluded forest when He had abandoned all the other young girls began to think Herself the best of women. "My beloved has rejected all the other gopīs, "She thought, "even though they are driven by Cupid himself. He has chosen to reciprocate with Me alone."


Previously all the gopīs had become proud of their association with Kṛṣṇa and then suddenly lost His association. Only Rādhārāṇī remained with Him. Now She has also become proud of that association and will suffer a similar fate. The Lord arranges all this to reveal the gopīs' unparalleled devotion for Him, a devotion whose intensity fully manifests in moments of separation.

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