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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.31.7

praṇata-dehināḿ pāpa-karṣaṇaḿ

tṛṇa-carānugaḿ śrī-niketanam

phaṇi-phaṇārpitaḿ te padāmbujaḿ

kṛṇu kuceṣu naḥ kṛndhi hṛc-chayam


praṇata — who are surrendered to You; dehinām — of the embodied living beings; pāpa — the sins; karṣaṇam — which remove; tṛṇa — grass; cara — who graze (the cows); anugam — following; śrī — of the goddess of fortune; niketanam — the abode; phaṇi — of the serpent (Kāliya); phaṇā — on the hoods; arpitam — placed; te — Your; pada-ambujam — lotus feet; kṛṇu — please put; kuceṣu — on the breasts; naḥ — our; kṛndhi — cut away; hṛt-śayam — the lust in our hearts.


Your lotus feet destroy the past sins of all embodied souls who surrender to them. Those feet follow after the cows in the pastures and are the eternal abode of the goddess of fortune. Since You once put those feet on the hoods of the great serpent Kāliya, please place them upon our breasts and tear away the lust in our hearts.


In their appeal, the gopīs point out that Lord Kṛṣṇa's lotus feet destroy the sins of all surrendered conditioned souls. The Lord is so merciful that He even goes out to herd the cows in the pasturing ground, and thus His lotus feet follow them about in the grass. He has offered His lotus feet to the goddess of fortune and has placed them upon the hoods of the serpent Kāliya. Therefore, considering all this, the Lord should place His lotus feet on the gopīs' breasts and satisfy their desire. That is the logic the gopīs employ here.

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