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Not Possible to Reciprocate


Although the Personality of Godhead reciprocates accordingly with the dealings of His different devotees in different stages of loving service, He has declared His inability to reciprocate with the dealings of the gopis, the damsels of Vraja who serve Him in the capacity of madhurya-prema. Addressing the damsels of Vraja, the Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna said,


na pariaye 'ham niravadya-samyujam

sva-sadhu-krityam vibudhayushapi vah

ya mabhajan durjaya-geha-shrinkhalah

samvrishcya tad vah pratiyatu sadhuna


“My dear cowherd girls, your love for Me is spotlessly pure and it will not be possible for Me to reciprocate with the noble service you render to Me, not even in many future lives, because you have completely sacrificed the shackles of family life to come to Me. I am therefore unable to repay the debts I have incurred in accepting your love. You must therefore kindly be satisfied by your own deeds.” (Bhag. 10.32.21)

The beauty of Shri Krishna increases in the association of the cowherd girls of Vraja, although Shri Krishna Himself is the last word in all beauty. This is confirmed in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.33.6):


tatratishushubhe tabhir

bhagavan devaki-sutah

madhye maninam haimanam

maha-marakato yatha


“Although the Personality of Godhead who is the son of Devaki is the last word in beauty, when He is in the midst of the cowherd girls of Vraja, He appears like the most valuable jewel set within a network of golden filigree.”

Lord Chaitanya was now completely satisfied by the statement of Ramananda Raya about madhurya-prema, which is the culmination of transcendental loving service relationships with the Personality of Godhead. Still, He expected something more from Ramananda and asked him to go still further. At this most extraordinary request of Lord Chaitanya, Ramananda was astonished. He knew no devotee who could know more than this. But as expert as he was, Ramananda began to go still further by the mercy of Lord Chaitanya.