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3. Sri Bhakti-rasayana

A Spiritual Tonic


The word rasayana is used in the science of Ayurveda for a life-giving elixir. In the past it was well-known how to revitalize peo¬ple who were close to death, by treating them with the proper rasayana. Often, the patients could go on living with full strength for many more years, and in many cases they started a new life. There are also spiritual rasdyanas, namely mantras endowed with transcendental potency which energize one's spiritual life. In the last chapter of the Brhad-Bhagavatamrta, Srlla Sanatana GosvamI presents a collection of sixty-one verses1, called Bhakti-rasayana. These verses, which form the essence of the Tenth Canto of the SrTmad-Bhagavatam, are meant to stimulate bhakti-rasa, the devotional sentiments in one's relationship to krishna, and to evoke transcendental attachment to krishna's eternal realm, Vrndavana. They are called rasayana because like an Ayurvedic medicine they act as a potent nectar to purify the heart, steady the devotion, and increase one's love for krishna.


These verses were used by the previous acaryas as a special method of bhajana: They combined their japa (the chanting on the beads) with reading these Bhakti-rasayana-slokas. While meditating on them and simultaneously continuing to chant the holy name, their minds and hearts would be completely immersed in the nec-tarean ocean of prema-rasa. By following in their footsteps, we can increase both the bliss of chanting and our love for Radha and krishna.


While chanting japa, one can stop at the end of one round and recite one sloka, starting from the beginning. Then, while resuming japa, one deeply meditates upon the verse. After some time, the next verse can be read. In this way, our knowledge about krishna, His holy abode, His associates, and His pastimes steadily increases and intensifies our appreciation of the holy name. The more one knows about the Personality of the Lord, the better can one immerse in meditation about Him.


Brahma-samhita 5.37


ananda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhavitabhis tabhir ya eva nija-rupataya kalabhih

goloka eva nivasaty akhilatma-bhuto govindam adi-purusarh tarn aham bhajami


I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, residing in His own realm, Goloka, with Radha, resembling His own spiritual figure, the em¬bodiment of the ecstatic potency possessed of the sixty-four artistic activities, in the company of Her confidantes [sakhls], embodiments of the extensions of Her bodily form, permeated and vitalized by His ever-blissful spiritual rasa.


Brahma-samhita 5.43


goloka-namni nija-dhamni tale ca tasya devi mahesa-hari-dhamasu tesu tesu

te te prabhava-nicaya vihitas ca yena govindam adi-purusam tarn aham bhajami


Lowest of all is located Devi-dhama [the mundane world], next above it is Mahesa-dama [the abode of Lord Siva]; above Mahesa-dhama is placed Hari-dhama [the abode of Hari] and above them all is located krishna's own realm named Goloka. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, who has allotted their respective authorities to the rulers of those graded realms.


Brahma-samhita 5.56


sriyah kantah kantah parama-purusah kalpa-taravo druma bhumis cintamani-gana-mayi toyam amrtam

katha ganam natyam gamanam api vamsl priya-sakhi cid-anandam jyotih param api tad asvadyam api ca 

sa yatra ksirabdhih sravati surabhibhyas ca su-mahan  nimesardhakhyo va vrajati na hi yatrapi samayah

bhaje svetadvipam tam aham iha golokam iti yam  vidantas te santah ksiti-virala-carah katipaye


I worship that transcendental seat, known as Svetadvipa where as loving consorts the Laksmis in their unalloyed spiritual essence practice the amorous service of the Supreme Lord krishna as their only lover; where every tree is a transcendental purpose tree; where the soil is the purpose gem, all water is nectar, every word is a song, every gait is a dance, the flute is the favorite attendant, effulgence is full of transcendental bliss and the supreme spiritual entities are all enjoyable and tasty, where numberless milk cows always emit transcendental oceans of milk; where there is eternal existence of transcendental time, who is ever present and without past or future and hence is not subject to the quality of passing away even for the space of half a moment. That realm' is known as Goloka only to a very few self-realized souls in this world.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.44.13


punya bata vraja-bhuvo yad ayam nr-linga-gudhah purana-puruso vana-citra-malyah

gah palayan saha-balah kvanayams ca venum vikridayancati giritra-ramarcitanghrih


How pious are the tracts of land in Vraja, for there the primeval Per¬sonality of Godhead, disguising Himself with human traits, wanders about, enacting His many pastimes! Adorned with wonderfully varie¬gated forest garlands, He whose feet are worshiped by Lord Siva and goddess Rama vibrates His flute as He tends the cows in the company of Balarama.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.31


aho 'ti-dhanya vraja-go-ramanyah stanyamrtam pitam ativa te muda

yasam vibho vatsataratmajatmana yat-trptaye 'dydpi na calam adhvarah


O almighty Lord, how greatly fortunate are the cows and ladies of Vrndavana, the nectar of whose breast-milk You have happily drunk to Your full satisfaction, taking the form of their calves and children! All the Vedic sacrifices performed from time immemorial up to the present day have not given You as much satisfaction.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.32


aho bhagyam aho bhagyam    nanda-gopa-vrajaukasam

yan-mitram paramanandam   purnam brahma sanatanam


How greatly fortunate are Nanda Maharaja, the cowherd men and all the other inhabitants of Vrajabhumi! There is no limit to their good fortune, because the Absolute Truth, the source of transcendental bliss, the eternal Supreme Brahman, has become their friend.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.33


esam tu bhagya-mahimacyuta tavad astam ekadasaiva hi vayam bata bhuri-bhagah

etad-dhrslka-casakair asakrt pibamah sarvadayo 'nghry-udaja-madhv-amrtasavam te


Yet even though the extent of the good fortune of these residents of Vrndavana is inconceivable, we eleven presiding deities of the various senses, headed by Lord Siva, are also most fortunate, because the senses of these devotees of Vrndavana are the cups through which we repeatedly drink the nectarean, intoxicating beverage of the honey of Your lotus feet.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.34


tad bhuri-bhagyam iha janma kim apy atavyam yad gokule 'pi katamanghri-rajo-'bhisekam

yaj-jivitam tu nikhilam bhagavan mukundas tv adyapi yat-pada-rajah sruti-mrgyam eva


My greatest possible good fortune would be to take any birth whatever in this forest of Gokula and have my head bathed by the dust falling from the lotus feet of any of its residents. Their entire life and soul is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Mukunda, the dust of whose lotus feet is still being searched for in the Vedic mantras. 


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.35

esam ghosa-nivasinam uta bhavan kim deva rateti nas ceto visva-phalat phalam tvad-aparam kutrapy ayan muhyati

sad-vesad iva putanapi sa-kula tvam eva devapita   yad-dhamartha-suhrt-priyatma-tanaya-pranasayas tvat-krte


My mind becomes bewildered just trying to think of what reward other than You could be found anywhere. You are the embodiment of all benedictions, which You bestow upon these residents of the cowherd community of Vrndavana. You have already .agjangedto give Yourself to Putana and her family members in exchange foifner disguising herself as a devotee. So what is left for You to give these devotees of Vrndavana, whose homes, wealth, friends, dear relations, bodies, children and very lives and hearts are all dedicated only to You?


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.36


tavad ragadayah stenas    tavat kara-grham grham

tavan moho 'nghri-nigado   yavat krishna net te janah


My dear Lord krishna, until people become Your devotees, their material attachments and desires remain thieves, their homes remain prisons, and their affectionate feelings for their family members remain foot-shackles.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.37


prapancam nisprapanco 'pi   vidambayasi bhu-tale

prapanna-janatananda-   sandoham prathitnm prabho


My dear master, although You have nothing to do with material existence. You come to this earth and imitate material life just to expand the varieties of ecstatic enjoyment for Your surrendered devotees.


Sritnad-Bhagavatam 10.14.38

jananta eva janantu    kim bahuktya na me prabho

manaso vapuso vaco   vaibhavam tava go-carah


There are people who say, "I know everything about krishna." Let them think that way. As far as I am concerned, I do not wish to speak very much about this matter. O my Lord, let me say this much: As far as Your opulences are concerned, they are all beyond the reach of my mind, body and words.


Srimad-Bhdgavatam 10.14.39


anujanihi mam krishna   sarvam tvam vetsi sarva-drk

tvam eva jagatam natho   jagad etat tavarpitam


My dear krishna, I now humbly request permission to leave. Actually, You are the knower and seer of all things. Indeed, You are the Lord of all the universes, and yet I offer this one universe unto You.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.14.40


sri-krishna vrsni-kula-puskara-josa-dayin  ksma-nirjara-dvija-pasudadhi-vrddhi-karin

uddharma-sarvara-hara ksiti-raksasa-dhrug  a-kalpam arkam arhan bhagavan namas te


My dear Sri krishna, You bestow happiness upon the lotuslike Vrsni dynasty and expand the great oceans consisting of the earth, the demigods, the brahmanas and the cows. You dispel the dense darkness of irreligion and oppose the demons who have appeared on this earth. O Supreme Personality of Godhead, as long as this universe exists and as long as the sun shines, I will offer my obeisances unto You.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.15.8


dhanyeyam adya dharani trna-virudhas tvat -pada-sprso druma-latah karajabhimrstah

nadyo 'drayah khaga-mrgah sadayavalokair gopyo 'ntarena bhujayor api yat-sprhd srih


This earth has now become most fortunate, because You have touched her grass and bushes with Your feet and her trees and creepers with Your fingernails, and because You have graced her rivers, mountains, birds and animals with Your merciful glances. But above all, You have embraced the young cowherd women between Your two arms—a favor hankered after by the goddess of fortune herself. 


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.10


vrndavanam sakhi bhuvo vitanoti klrtim yad devaki-suta-padambuja-labdha-laksmi

govinda-venum anu matta-mayura-nrtyam preksyadri-sanv-avaratanya-samasta-sattvam


O friend, Vrndavana is spreading the glory of the earth, having ob¬tained the treasure of the lotus feet of krishna, the son of Devaki. The peacocks dance madly when they hear Govinda's flute, and when other creatures see them from the hilltops, they all become stunned.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.18


hantayam adrir abala hari-dasa-varyo  yad rama-krishna-carana-sparasa-pramodah

manam tanoti saha-go-ganayos tayor yat pamya-suyavasa-kandara-kandamulaih


Of all the devotees, this Govardhana Hill is the best! O my friends, this hill supplies krishna and Balarama, along with Their calves, cows and cowherd friends, with all kinds of necessities—water for drinking, very soft grass, caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables. In this way the hill offers respects to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of krishna and Balarama, Govardhana Hill appears very jubilant.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.16


drstvatape vraja-pasun saha rama-gopaih  sancarayantam anu venum udirayantam

prema-pravrddha uditah kusumavalibhih sakhyur vyadhat sva-vapusambuda atapatram


In the company of Balarama and the cowherd boys, Lord krishna is continually vibrating His flute as He herds all the animals of Vraja, even under the full heat of the summer sun. Seeing this, the cloud in the sky has expanded himself out of love. He is rising high and constructing out of his own body, with its multitude of flower-like droplets of wa¬ter, an umbrella for the sake of his friend.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.15


nadyas tada tad upadharya mukunda-gitam  avarta-laksita-manobhava-bhagna-vegah

alingana-sthagitam urmi-bhujair murarer grhnanti pada-yugalam kamalopaharah


When the rivers hear the flute-song of krishna, their minds begin to desire Him, and thus the flow of their currents is broken and their waters are agitated, moving around in whirlpools. Then with the arms of their waves the rivers embrace Murari's lotus feet and, holding on to them, present offerings of lotus flowers.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.35.9


vana-latas tarava atmani visnum vyanjayantya iva puspa-phaladhyah

pranata-bhara-vitapa madhu-dharah prema-hrsta-tanavo vavrsuh sma


When the cows wander onto the mountainsides and krishna calls out to them with the sound of His flute, the trees and creepers in the forest respond by becoming so luxuriant with fruits and flowers that they seem to be manifesting Lord Visnu within their hearts. As their branches bend low with the weight, the filaments on their trunks and vines stand erect out of the ecstasy of love of God, and both the tlees and the creepers pour down a rain of sweet sap.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.15.6


ete 'Unas tava yaso 'khila-loka-tirtham gayanta adi-purusanupatham bhajante

prayo ami muni-gana bhavadiya-mukhya gudham vane 'pi na jahaty anaghatma-daivam


O original personality, these bees must all be great sages and most elevated devotees of Yours, for they are worshiping You by following You along the path and chanting Your glories, which are themselves a holy place for the entire world. Though You have disguised Yourself within this forest, O sinless one, they refuse to abandon You, their worshipable Lord. 



Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.35.11


sarasi sarasa-hathsa-vihangas caru-gita-hrta-cetasa etya

harim upasata te yata-citta hanta milita-drso dhrta-maunah


The charming flute song steals away the minds of the cranes, swans and other lake-dwelling birds. Indeed they approach krishna, close their eyes and, maintaining strict silence, worship Him by fixing their con¬sciousness upon Him in deep meditation.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.14


prayo batamba vihaga munayo vane 'smin krsneksitam tad-uditam kala-venu-gitam

aruhya ye druma-bhujan rucira-pravalan srnvanti milita-drso vigatanya-vacah


O mother, in this forest all the birds have risen onto the beautiful branches of the trees to see krishna. With closed eyes they are simply listening in silence to the sweet vibrations of His flute, and they are not attracted by any other sound. Surely these birds are on the same level as great sages.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.11


dhanyah sma mudha-gatayo 'pi harinya eta ya nanda-nandanam upatta-vicitra-vesam

akarnya venu-ranitam saha-krishna-sarah pujam dadhur viracitam pranayavalokaih


Blessed are all these foolish deer because they have approached Maharaja Nanda's son, who is gorgeously dressed and is playing on His flute. Indeed, both the doe and the bucks worship the Lord with looks of love and affection.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.13


gavas ca krishna-mukha-nirgata-venu-gita piyusam uttabhita-karna-putaih pibantyah

savah snuta-stana-payah-kavalah sma tasthur govindam atmani drsasru-kalah sprsantyah


Using their upraised ears as vessels, the cows are drinking the nectar of the flute-song flowing out of krishna's mouth. The calves, their mouths full of milk from their mothers' moist nipples, stand still as they take Govinda within themselves through their tear-filled eyes and embrace Him within their hearts.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.35.5


vrndaso vraja-vrsa mrga-gavo venu-vadya-hrta-cetasa arat

danta-dasta-kavala dhrta-karna nidrita likhita-citram ivasan


When the son of Nanda vibrates His flute, Vraja's bulls, deer and cows, standing in groups at a great distance, are all captivated by the sound, and they stop chewing the food in their mouths and cock their ears. Stunned, they appear as if asleep, or like figures in a painting.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.17


purnah pulindya urugaya-padabja-raga sri-kunkumena dayita-stana-manditena

tad-darsana-smara-rujas trna-rusitena limpantya anana-kucesu jahus tad-adhim


The aborigine women of the Vrndavana area become disturbed by lust when they see the grass marked with reddish kunkuma powder. En¬dowed with the color of krishna's lotus feet, this powder originally decorated the breasts of His beloveds, and when the aborigine women smear it on their faces and breasts, they give up all their anxiety.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.12.6


yadi duram gatah krsno    vana-sobheksanaya tam

aham purvam aham purvam    iti sathsprsya remire


Sometimes krishna would go to a somewhat distant place to see the beauty of the forest. Then all the other boys would run to accompany Him, each one saying, "I shall be the first to run and touch krishna! I shall touch krishna first!" In this way they enjoyed life by repeatedly touching krishna. 


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.12.12


yat-pada-pamsur bahu-janma-krcchrato dhrtatmabhir yogibhir apy alabhyah

sa eva yad-drg-visayah svayam sthitah kim varnyate distant ato vrajaukasam


Yogis may undergo severe austerities and penances for many births by practicing yama, niyama, asana and prdndydma, none of which are easily performed. Yet in due course of time, when these yogis attain the perfection of controlling the mind, they will still be unable to taste even a particle of dust from the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. What then can we describe about the great fortune of the inhabitants of Vrajabhumi, Vrndavana, with whom the Supreme Per¬sonality of Godhead personally lived and who saw the Lord face to face?


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.15.16


kvacit pallava-talpesu    niyuddha-srama-karsitah

vrksa-mulasrayah sete   gopotsangopabarhanah


Sometimes Lord krishna grew tired from fighting and lay down at the base of a tree, resting upon a bed made of soft twigs and buds and us¬ing the lap of a cowherd friend as His pillow.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.15.17


pada-samvahanam cakruh   kecit tasya mahatmanah

apare hata-papman     vyajanaih samavijayan


Some of the cowherd boys, who were all great souls, would then mas¬sage His lotus feet, and others, qualified by being free of all sin, would expertly fan the Supreme Lord.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.15.18


anye tad-anurupani   manojhani mahatmanah

 gayanti sma maha-raja   sneha-klinna-dhiyah sanaih


My dear King, other boys would sing enchanting songs appropriate to the occasion, and their hearts would melt out of love for the Lord.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.8.46



nandah kim akarod. brahman    sreya evam mahodayam

yasoda ca maha-bhaga   papau yasyah stanam harih


Having heard of the great fortune of mother Yasoda, Pariksit Maharaja inquired from Sukadeva Gosvami: O learned brahmana, mother Yasoda's breast milk was sucked by the Supreme Personality of God¬head. What past auspicious activities did she and Nanda Maharaja perform to achieve such perfection in ecstatic love?


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.8.51


tato bhaktir bhagavati   putn-bhute jandrdane

dampatyor nitaram asid   gopa-gopTsu bharata


Thereafter, O Maharaja Pariksit, best of the Bharatas, when the Su¬preme Personality of Godhead became the son of Nanda Maharaja and Yasoda, they maintained continuous, unswerving devotional love in parental affection. And in their association, all the other inhabitants of Vrndavana, the gopas and gopis, developed the culture of krishna-bhakti.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.6.43


nandah sva-putram adaya   pretyagatam udara-dhih

murdhny upaghraya paramam    mudam lebhe kurudvaha


O Maharaja Pariksit, best of the Kurus, Nanda Maharaja was very lib¬eral and simple. He immediately took his son krishna on his lap as if krishna had returned from death, and by formally smelling his son's head, Nanda Maharaja undoubtedly enjoyed transcendental bliss.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.9.18


sva-matuh svinna-gatraya    visrasta-kabara-srajah

drstva parisramam krishnah   krpayasit sva-bandhane


Because of mother Yasoda's hard labor, her whole body became covered with perspiration, and the flowers and comb were falling from her hair. When child krishna saw His mother thus fatigued, He became mer¬ciful to her and agreed to be bound. 


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.9.20


nemam virinco na bhavo    na srir apy anga-samsraya

prasadam lebhire gopi   yat tat prapa vimuktidat


Neither Lord Brahma, nor Lord Siva, nor even the goddess of fortune, who is always the better half of the Supreme Lord, can obtain from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the deliverer from this material world, such mercy as received by mother Yasoda.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.6.39-40


payamsi yasam apibat   putra-sneha-snutany alam  bhagavan devaki-putrah   kaivalyady-akhila-pradah

tasam aviratam krsne   kurvatinam suteksanam  na punah kalpate rajan   samsaro 'jnana-sambhavah


The Supreme Personality of Godhead, krishna, is the bestower of many benedictions, including liberation [kaivalya], or oneness with the Brahman effulgence. For that Personality of Godhead, the gopis always felt maternal love, and krishna sucked their breasts with full satisfaction. Therefore, because of their relationship as mother and son, although the gopts were engaged in various family activities, one should never think that they returned to this material world after leaving their bodies.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.19.16


gopinam paramananda   asid govinda-darsane

ksanam yuga-satam iva   yasam yena vinabhavat


The young gopis took the greatest pleasure in seeing Govinda come home, since for them even a moment without His association seemed like a hundred ages.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.30.43


tan-manaskas tad-alapas    tad-vicestas tad-atmikah

tad-gunan eva gayantyo   natmagarani sasmaruh


Their minds absorbed in thoughts of Him, they conversed about Him, acted out His pastimes and felt themselves filled with His presence.They completely forgot about their homes as they loudly sang the glo¬ries of krishna's transcendental qualities.



Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.44.14


gopyas tapah kim acaran yad amusya rupam lavanya-saram asamordhvam ananya-siddham

drgbhih pibanty anusavabhinavam durapam  ekanta-dhama yasasah sriya aisvarasya


What austerities must the gopis have performed! With their eyes they always drink the nectar of Lord krishna's form, which is the essence of loveliness and is not to be equaled or surpassed. That loveliness is the only abode of beauty, fame and opulence. It is self-perfect, ever fresh and extremely rare.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.44.15


ya dohane 'vahanane mathanopalepa prenkhenkhanarbha-ruditoksana-marjanadau

gayanti cainam anurakta-dhiyo 'sru-kanthyo dhanya vraja-striya urukrama-citta-yanah


The ladies of Vraja are the most fortunate of women because, with their minds fully attached to krishna and their throats always choked up with tears, they constantly sing about Him while milking the cows, winnowing grain, churning butter, gathering cow dung for fuel, riding on swings, taking care of their crying babies, sprinkling the ground with water, cleaning their houses, and so on. By their exalted krishna consciousness they automatically acquire all desirable things.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.44.16


pratar vrajad vrajata avisatas ca sayam gobhih samam kvanayato 'sya nisamya venum

nirgamya turnam abalah pathi bhuri-punyah pasyanti sa-smita-mukham sa-dayavalokam


When the gopis hear krishna playing His flute as He leaves Vraja in the morning with His cows or returns with them at sunset, the young girls quickly come out of their houses to see Him. They must have performed many pious activities to be able to see Him as He walks on the road, His smiling face mercifully glancing upon them.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.32.22


na paraye 'ham niravadya-samyujath sva-sadhu-krtyam vibudhayusapi vah

ya mabhajan durjara-geha-srhkhalah samvrscya tad vah pratiyatu sadhuna


I am not able to repay My debt for your spotless service, even within a lifetime of Brahma. Your connection with Me is beyond reproach. You have worshiped Me, cutting off all domestic ties, which are difficult to break. Therefore please let your own glorious deeds be your compensation.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.46.3


gacchoddhava vrajam saumya   pitror nau prftim avaha

gopinam mad-viyogadhim    mat-sandesair vimocaya


[Lord krishna said:] Dear gentle Uddhava, go to Vraja and give pleasure to Our parents. And also relieve the gopis, suffering in separation from Me, by giving them My message.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.46.4


ta man-manaska trst-prana   mad-arthe tyakta-daihikah

mam eva dayitam prestham   atmanam manasa gatah

ye tyakta-loka-dharmas ca    mad-arthe tan bibharmy aham


The minds of those gopis are always absorbed in Me, and their very lives are ever devoted to Me. For My sake they have abandoned everything related to their bodies, renouncing ordinary happiness in this life, as well as religious duties necessary for such happiness in the next life. I alone am their dearmost beloved and, indeed, their very Self. Therefore I take it upon Myself to sustain them in all circumstances.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.46.5


mayi tali preyasam presthe   dura-sthe gokula-striyah

smarantyo 'nga vimuhyanti   virahautkanthya-vihvalah


My dear Uddhava, for those women of Gokula I am the most cherished object of love. Thus when they remember Me, who am so far away, they are overwhelmed by the anxiety of separation.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.46.6


dharayanty ati-krcchrena   prayah pranan kathancana

pratyagamana-sandesair   ballavyo me mad-atmikah


Simply because I have promised to return to them, My fully devoted cowherd girlfriends struggle to maintain their lives somehow or other.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.12.10


ramena sardham mathuram pranite  svaphalkina mayy anurakta-cittah

vigadha-bhavena na me viyogativradhayo 'nyam dadrsuh sukhaya


The residents of Vrndavana, headed by the gopis, were always completely attached to Me with deepest love. Therefore, when My uncle Akrura brought My brother Balarama and Me to the city of Mathura, the residents of Vrndavana suffered extreme mental distress because of separation from Me and could not find any other source of happiness.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.12.11


tas tah ksapah presthatamena nita  mayaiva vrndavana-gocarena

ksanardha-vat tah punar ariga tasam hina maya kalpa-sama babhuvuh


Dear Uddhava, all of those nights that the gopis spent with Me, their most dearly beloved, in the land of Vrndavana seemed to them to pass in less than a moment. Bereft of My association, however, the gopis felt that those same nights dragged on forever, as if each night were equal to a day of Brahma. 



Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.12.12


ta navidan mayy anusanga-baddha-dhiyah svam atmanam adas tathedam

yatha samddhau munayo 'bdhi-toye nadyah pravista iva nama-rupe


My dear Uddhava, just as great sages in yoga trance merge into self-realization, like rivers merging into the ocean, and are thus not aware of material names and forms, similarly, the gopis of Vrndavana were so completely attached to Me within their minds that they could not think of their own bodies, or of this world, or of their future lives. Their en¬tire consciousness was simply bound up in Me.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.11.13


mat-kama ramanam jaram   asvarupa-vido 'balah

brahma mam paramam prapuh   sangac chata-sahasrasah


All those hundreds of thousands of gopis, understanding Me to be their most charming lover and ardently desiring Me in that way, were unaware of My actual position. Yet by intimately associating with Me, the gopis attained Me, the Supreme Absolute Truth.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.47.58


etah param tanu-bhrto bhuvi gopa-vadhvo  govinda eva nikhilatmani rildha-bhavah

vanchanti yad bhava-bhiyo munayo vayam ca kim brahma-janmabhir ananta-kathd-rasasya


[Uddhava sang:] Among all persons on earth, these cowherd women alone have actually perfected their embodied lives, for they have achieved the perfection of unalloyed love for Lord Govinda. Their pure love is hankered after by those who fear material existence, by great sages, and by ourselves as well. For one who has tasted the narrations of the infinite Lord, what is the use of taking birth as a high-class brahmana, or even as Lord Brahma himself?


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.47.59


kvemah striyo vana-carir vyabhicara-dustah krsne kva caisa paramatmani rudha-bhavah

nanv isvaro 'nubhajato 'viduso 'pi saksac chreyas tanoty agada-raja ivopayuktah


How amazing it is that these simple women who wander about the forest, seemingly spoiled by improper behavior, have achieved the perfection of unalloyed love for krishna, the Supreme Soul! Still, it is true that the Supreme Lord Himself awards His blessings even to an ignorant worshiper, just as the best medicine works even when taken by a person ignorant of its ingredients.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.47.60


nayam sriyo 'nga u nitanta-rateh prasadah svar-yositam nalina-gandha-rucam kuto 'nyah

rasotsave 'sya bhuja-danda-grhita-kantha-labdhasisam ya udagdd vraja-vallabhinam


When Lord Sri krishna was dancing with the gopis in the rasa-lila, the gopis were embraced by the arms of the Lord. This transcendental favor was never bestowed upon the goddess of fortune or other consorts in the spiritual world. Indeed, never was such a thing even imagined by the most beautiful girls in the heavenly planets, whose bodily luster and aroma resemble the lotus flower. And what to speak of worldly women who are very beautiful according to material estimation?


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.47.61


asam aho carana-renu-jusam aham syam  vrndavane kim api gulma-latausadhinam

ya dustyajam sva-janam arya-patham ca hitva bhejur mukunda-padavim srutibhir vimrgyam


The gopis of Vrndavana have given up the association of their hus¬bands, sons and other family members, who are very difficult to give up, and they have forsaken the path of chastity to take shelter of the lotus feet of Mukunda, krishna, which one should search for by Vedic knowledge. Oh, let me be fortunate enough to be one of the bushes,  creepers or herbs in Vrndavana, because the gopis trample them and bless them with the dust of their lotus feet.


Srtmad-Bhagavatam 10.47.62


ya vai sriyarcitmn ajadibhir apta-kamair  yogesvarair api yad atmani rasa-gosthyam

krishnasya tad bhagavatah caranaravindam nyastath stanesu vijahuh parirabhya tapam


The goddess of fortune herself, along with Lord Brahma and all the other demigods, who are masters of yogic perfection, can worship the lotus feet of krishna only within her mind. But during the rasa dance Lord krishna placed His feet upon these gopis' breasts, and by embracing those feet the gopis gave up all distress.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.47.63


vande nanda-vraja-strinam    pada-renum abhiksnasah

yasam hari-kathodgitam    punati bhuvana-trayam


I repeatedly offer my respects to the dust from the feet of the women of Nanda Maharaja's cowherd village. When these gopis loudly chant the glories of Sri krishna, the vibration purifies the three worlds.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.21.9


gopyah kim acarad ayam kusalarh sma venur damodaradhara-sudham api gopikanam

bhunkte svayam yad avasista-rasam hradinyo hrsyat-tvaco 'sru mumucus taravo yatharyah


My dear gopis, what auspicious activities must the flute have performed to enjoy the nectar of krishna's lips independently and leave only a taste for us gopis, for whom that nectar is actually meant! The forefathers of the flute, the bamboo trees, shed tears of pleasure. His mother, the river on whose bank the bamboo was born, feels jubilation, and therefore her blooming lotus flowers are standing like hair on her body.


Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.90.48


jnyati jana-nivaso devakl-janma-vado yadu-vara-parisat svair dorbhir asyann adharmam

sthira-cara-vrjina-ghnah su-smita-srl-mukheim vraja-pura-vanitanam vardhayan kama-devam


Lord Sri krishna is He who is known as Jana-nivasa, the ultimate resort of all living entities, and who is also known as Devaklnandana or Yasoda-nandana, the son of Devaki and Yasoda. He is the guide of the Yadu dynasty, and with His mighty arms He kills everything inauspicious, as well as every man who is impious. By His presence He de¬stroys all things inauspicious for all living entities, moving and inert. His blissful smiling face always increases the lusty desires of the gopis of Vrndavana. May He be all glorious and happy!