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Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 10.47.12
madhupa kitava-bandho ma sprsanghrim sapatnyah
vahatu madhu-patis tan-manininam prasadam
yadu-sadasi vidambyam yasya dutas tvam idrk
gopi uvaca -- the gopi said; madhupa -- O bumblebee; kitava -- of a cheater; bandho -- O friend; ma sprsa -- please do not touch; anghrim -- the feet; sapatnyah -- of the lover who is our rival; kuca -- the breast; vilulita -- fallen from; mala -- from the garland; kunkuma -- with the red cosmetic; smasrubhih -- with the whiskers; nah -- our; vahatu -- let Him bring; madhu-patih -- the Lord of the Madhu dynasty; tat -- His; manininam -- to the women; prasadam -- mercy or kindness; yadu-sadasi -- in the royal assembly of the Yadus; vidambyam -- an object of ridicule or contempt; yasya -- whose; dutah -- messenger; tvam -- you; idrk -- such.
The gopi said: O honeybee, O friend of a cheater, don't touch My feet with your whiskers, which are smeared with the kunkuma that rubbed onto Krsna's garland when it was crushed by the breasts of a rival lover! Let Krsna satisfy the women of Mathura. One who sends a messenger like you will certainly be ridiculed in the Yadus' assembly.
Srimati Radharani indirectly chastised Krsna by chastising the bumblebee, which She took for His messenger. She addressed the bumblebee as madhupa, "one who drinks the nectar (of flowers)," and She addressed Krsna as madhu-pati, "the Lord of Madhu."
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti points out that this and the following nine verses exemplify ten kinds of impulsive speech spoken by a lover. This verse illustrates the qualities of prajalpa, as described by Srila Rupa Gosvami in the following verse from his Ujjvala-nilamani (14.182):
prajalpah sa tu kirtyate
"Prajalpa is speech that denigrates the tactlessness of one's lover with expressions of disrespect. It is spoken in a mood of envy, jealousy and pride." Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti points out that the word kitava-bandho expresses envy; the phrase from sapatnyah to nah, jealousy; the phrase ma sprsa anghrim, pride; and the phrase from vahatu to prasadam, disrespect, while the phrase from yadu-sadasi to the end of the verse decries Krsna's tactless treatment of Radharani.
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