Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 35: The Gopīs Sing of Kṛṣṇa as He Wanders in the Forest

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.35.6-7



karhicit sa-bala āli sa gopair

gāḥ samāhvayati yatra mukundaḥ

tarhi bhagna-gatayaḥ sarito vai

tat-padāmbuja-rajo 'nila-nītam

spṛhayatīr vayam ivābahu-puṇyāḥ

prema-vepita-bhujāḥ stimitāpaḥ


barhiṇa — of peacocks; stabaka — with the tail feathers; dhātu — with colored minerals; palāśaiḥ — and with leaves; baddha — arranged; malla — of a wrestler; paribarha — the apparel; viḍambaḥ — imitating; karhicit — sometimes; sa-balaḥ — with Balarāma; āli — my dear gopī; saḥHe; gopaiḥ — with the cowherd boys; gāḥ — the cows; samāhvayati — calls; yatra — when; mukundaḥ — Lord Mukunda; tarhi — then; bhagna — broken; gatayaḥ — their movement; saritaḥ — the rivers; vai — indeed; tat — His; pada-ambuja — of the lotus feet; rajaḥ — the dust; anila — by the wind; nītam — brought; spṛhayatīḥ — hankering for; vayam — ourselves; iva — just like; abahu — slight; puṇyāḥ — the piety to whose credit; prema — due to love of God; vepita — trembling; bhujāḥ — whose arms (waves); stimita — stopped; āpaḥ — whose water.


My dear gopī, sometimes Mukunda imitates the appearance of a wrestler by decorating Himself with leaves, peacock feathers and colored minerals. Then, in the company of Balarāma and the cowherd boys, He plays His flute to call the cows. At that time the rivers stop flowing, their water stunned by the ecstasy they feel as they eagerly wait for the wind to bring them the dust of His lotus feet. But like us, the rivers are not very pious, and thus they merely wait with their arms trembling out of love.


The gopīs state here that the sound of Kṛṣṇa's flute causes even inanimate objects like rivers to become conscious and then stunned in ecstasy. Just as the gopīs could not always be in Kṛṣṇa's physical association, the rivers could not come to the Lord's lotus feet. Although they desired the Lord, their movement was checked by ecstasy, and their "arms," their waves, trembled with love of Godhead.

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