Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 33: The Rasa Dance

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 10.33.39

vikriditam vraja-vadhubhir idam ca visnoh

sraddhanvito 'nusrnuyad atha varnayed yah

bhaktim param bhagavati pratilabhya kamam

hrd-rogam asv apahinoty acirena dhirah

SYNONYMS

vikriditam -- the sporting; vraja-vadhubhih -- with the young women of Vrndavana; idam -- this; ca -- and; visnoh -- by Lord Visnu; sraddha-anvitah -- faithfully; anusrnuyat -- hears; atha -- or; varnayet -- describes; yah -- who; bhaktim -- devotional service; param -- transcendental; bhagavati -- unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead; pratilabhya -- obtaining; kamam -- material lust; hrt -- in the heart; rogam -- the disease; asu -- quickly; apahinoti -- he drives away; acirena -- without delay; dhirah -- sober.

TRANSLATION

Anyone who faithfully hears or describes the Lord's playful affairs with the young gopis of Vrndavana will attain the Lord's pure devotional service. Thus he will quickly become sober and conquer lust, the disease of the heart.

PURPORT

The extraordinary power of Lord Krsna's conjugal pastimes is clearly revealed here. Qualitatively, the Lord's spiritual, loving pastimes are the diametric opposite of material, lusty affairs, so much so that simply by hearing about the Lord's pastimes a devotee conquers sex desire. By reading pornographic literature or hearing about material romance, we certainly do not conquer sex desire but rather increase our lust. But hearing or reading about the Lord's conjugal affairs has exactly the opposite effect because they are of the opposite nature, being purely spiritual. Therefore it is by the causeless mercy of Lord Krsna that He exhibits His rasa-lila within this world. If we become attached to this narration, we will experience the bliss of spiritual love and thus reject the perverted reflection of that love, which is called lust. As nicely put by Lord Krsna in the Bhagavad-gita (2.59), param drstva nivartate: "Once having directly experienced the Supreme, one will not return to material pleasures."

Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Thirty-third Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled "The Rasa Dance."

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