Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 47: The Song of the Bee

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.47.14

kim iha bahu ṣaḍ-ańghre gāyasi tvaḿ yadūnām

adhipatim agṛhāṇām agrato naḥ purāṇam

vijaya-sakha-sakhīnāḿ gīyatāḿ tat-prasańgaḥ

kṣapita-kuca-rujas te kalpayantīṣṭam iṣṭāḥ


kim — why; iha — here; bahu — much; ṣaṭ-ańghreO bee (six-footed one); gāyasiare singing; tvam — you; yadūnām — of the Yadus; adhipatim — about the master; agṛhāṇām — who have no home; agrataḥin front of; naḥ — us; purāṇam — old; vijaya — of Arjuna; sakha — of the friend; sakhīnām — for the friends; gīyatām — should be sung; tat — of Him; prasańgaḥ — the topics; kṣapita — relieved; kuca — of whose breasts; rujaḥ — the pain; te — they; kalpayanti — will provide; iṣṭam — the charity you desire; iṣṭāḥ — His beloveds.


O bee, why do you sing here so much about the Lord of the Yadus, in front of us homeless people? These topics are old news to us. Better you sing about that friend of Arjuna in front of His new girlfriends, the burning desire in whose breasts He has now relieved. Those ladies will surely give you the charity you are begging.


With the words agṛhāṇām agrato naḥ, Rādhārāṇī laments that even though She and the other gopīs gave up their homes to love Kṛṣṇa in a conjugal relationship, the Lord left them and became a prince in the great royal city of the Yadus. Besides meaning "Arjuna, the victor," the word vijaya also directly indicates Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who is always victorious in His endeavors, and besides meaning "old (news)," the word purāṇam also indicates that Śrī Kṛṣṇa is glorified in the ancient Vedic scriptures of that name.

In this verse we observe in Rādhārāṇī's mood the seed of jealous anger, which arises from an apparent disdain for Kṛṣṇa, accompanied by a sarcastic sidelong glance directed toward Him. Thus this verse fits the following description of vijalpa from the Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi (14.186):

vyaktayāsūyayā gūḍha-


agha-dviṣi kaṭākṣoktir

vijalpo viduṣāḿ mataḥ

"According to learned authorities, vijalpa is sarcastic speech that is addressed to the killer of Agha and that openly expresses jealousy while at the same time hinting at one's angry pride."

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