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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!