|Canto 10: The Summum Bonum||Chapter 90: Summary of Lord Kṛṣṇa's Glories|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.90.21
karavāṇi kim adya te priyaḿ
vada me valgita-kaṇṭha kokila
priya — dear; rāva — of him whose sounds; padāni — the vibrations; bhāṣase — you are uttering; mṛta — the dead; sañjīvikayā — which brings back to life; anayā — in this; girā — voice; karavāṇi — I should do; kim — what; adya — today; te — for you; priyam — pleasing; vada — please tell; me — me; valgita — sweetened (by these sounds); kaṇṭha — O you whose throat; kokila — O cuckoo.
O sweet-throated cuckoo, in a voice that could revive the dead you are vibrating the same sounds we once heard from our beloved, the most pleasing of speakers. Please tell me what I can do today to please you.
As Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī explains, though the song of a cuckoo is very pleasant, Lord Kṛṣṇa's wives perceive it as painful because it reminds them of their beloved Kṛṣṇa and exacerbates their pain of separation.
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