Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 31: The Gopīs' Songs of Separation

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.31.18

vraja-vanaukasāḿ vyaktir ańga te

vṛjina-hantry alaḿ viśva-mańgalam

tyaja manāk ca nas tvat-spṛhātmanāḿ

sva-jana-hṛd-rujāḿ yan niṣūdanam


vraja-vanain the forests of Vraja; okasām — for those who dwell; vyaktiḥ — the appearance; ańga — dear one; te — Your; vṛjina — of distress; hantrī — the agent of destruction; alam — extremely so; viśva-mańgalam — all-auspicious; tyaja — please release; manāka little; ca — and; naḥto us; tvat — for You; spṛhā — with hankering; ātmanām — whose minds are filled; sva — Your own; jana — devotees; hṛtin the hearts; rujām — of the disease; yat — which is; niṣūdanam — that which counteracts.


O beloved, Your all-auspicious appearance vanquishes the distress of those living in Vraja's forests. Our minds long for Your association. Please give to us just a bit of that medicine, which counteracts the disease in Your devotees' hearts.


According to the ācāryas, the gopīs repeatedly entreat Lord Kṛṣṇa to place His lotus feet on their breasts. The gopīs are not victims of material lust, but rather they are absorbed in pure love of Godhead and thus want to serve Lord Kṛṣṇa's lotus feet by offering their beautiful breasts to Him. Materialistic persons, who are victims of mundane sex desire, will not be able to understand how these conjugal dealings take place on a pure, spiritual platform, and that is the materialists' great misfortune.

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