Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 33: The Rāsa Dance

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.33.36

anugrahāya bhaktānāḿ

mānuṣaḿ deham āsthitaḥ

bhajate tādṛśīḥ krīḍa

yāḥ śrutvā tat-paro bhavet


anugrahāyato show mercy; bhaktānāmto His devotees; mānuṣam — humanlike; dehama body; āsthitaḥ — assuming; bhajateHe accepts; tādṛśīḥ — such; kriḍāḥ — pastimes; yāḥ — about which; śrutvā — hearing; tat-paraḥ — dedicated to Him; bhavet — one becomes.


When the Lord assumes a humanlike body to show mercy to His devotees, He engages in such pastimes as will attract those who hear about them to become dedicated to Him.


Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī explains in this connection that when Lord Kṛṣṇa descends to this world in His original two-handed form, out of kindness He manifests that form in a way His devotees conditioned in human society can perceive and understand. Thus here it is stated, mānuṣaḿ deham āsthitaḥ: "He assumes a humanlike body." Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura glorifies the Lord's conjugal pastimes, stating that these romantic affairs have an inconceivable spiritual potency to attract the polluted heart of conditioned souls. It is an undeniable fact that any pure-or simple-hearted person who hears narrations of the loving affairs of Kṛṣṇa will be attracted to the lotus feet of the Lord and gradually become His devotee .

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