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In the transcendental abode of Vraja, the eternal residence of Shri Krishna, the inhabitants serve Shri Krishna in different mellows of loving service. Raktaka Parshada serves in the mellow of dasya-prema. Madhumangala Sakha, Shridama, and Sudama serve in the mood of sakhya-prema, while Nanda and Yashoda serve Shri Krishna in the mellow of vatsalya-prema. Any devotee who is attracted by any of the transcendental moods of service will obtain their desired goal at the time of perfection. A vivid example of this is the shrutis (the personified Upanishads). The shrutis were convinced that the transcendental loving service of Shri Krishna is not obtainable without following in the footsteps of the cowherd girls in Vraja. At that time, they adopted the spontaneous service of raganuga in pursuance of the footsteps of the gopis with the aim of achieving prema for the son of the King of Vraja.

The shrutis, who obtained the transcendental service of Godhead by following in the footsteps of the gopis, are described in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.87.23):



nibhrita-marun-mano 'ksha-dridha-yoga-yujo hridi yan

munaya upasate tad arayo 'pi yayuh smaranat

striya uragendra-bhoga-bhuja-danda-vishakta-dhiyo

vayam api te samah samadrisho ‘nghri-saroja-sudhah


“The enemies of the Personality of Godhead, who remembered Him constantly with an inimical feeling, entered into the impersonal Brahman effulgence, which is also obtained by the empiric philosophers and mystics by the process of controlling the mind and the senses strictly by yoga practice and meditating upon the impersonal Brahman. But the cowherd girls, the damsels of Vraja, were hypnotized by the poisonous beauty of the snakelike arms of Shri Krishna, and thus they obtained the nectar of His lotus feet. We have also followed the path of the cowherd girls and are thus drinking the nectarean juice of the lotus feet of the Personality of Godhead.”

The purport of this verse is that the shrutis followed the path of the gopis and when they reached perfection they obtained bodies like those of the cowherd girls. After obtaining such transcendental bodies, they were able to enjoy the company of Shri Krishna in spiritual bliss.