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The gopis sing of Krishna as He wanders in the forest.
The gopis were not satisfied by their association with Krishna at night, during the rasa dance. Thus, when Krishna would go to the forest during the day, the hearts of the gopis would run after Him so that they could enjoy His association through strong feelings of separation.
At these times, the gopis would sing about Krishna as follows: “When Mukunda lays down with His left elbow on the ground and His cheek resting upon the palm of His left hand, His eyebrows dance as He plays on His flute, covering its holes with His delicate fingers. The wives of the demigods, whose husbands had stopped their airplanes in the sky, so that they could listen to the sound of Krishna’s flute, become ashamed of their own musical ability, and embarrassed to find that their minds are yielding to the pursuit of lusty desires.”
“When Krishna plays His flute, all of the cows, bulls and deer, standing in groups at a distance, become stunned upon hearing the sound and so they stop chewing the grass. While leaving their food in their mouths, they cock their ears to better listen, so that they appear like statues, or figures in a picture.”
“Sometimes Krishna decorates Himself like a hero, with peacock feathers on His head and colored minerals smeared over His body. When Krishna plays His flute to call the cows, the river stops its flowing, being stunned in ecstasy, as it eagerly waits for the wind to bring the dust from His lotus feet.
“While calling the cows that had wandered off to the hills, or while strolling on the bank of the Yamuna, when Krishna plays His flute; the trees, whose branches are bent low, being full of fruit and flowers, seem to offer their obeisances unto Him. Being maddened by the aroma of the tulasi flowers in His garland, swarms of bees follow Krishna, who would then play His flute in appreciation of their humming song. The combined sound is so sweet that the swans, cranes and ducks meandering there become stunned, closing their eyes, while entering a trance of meditation.”
“While enjoying Himself, along with Balarama, on the slopes of the hills, Krishna would enliven everyone with the sound of His flute. At this time, the clouds would thunder gently in accompaniment, and instead of showering water, they would rain flowers and shade the Lord like an umbrella.”
Addressing Mother Yashoda, who was present, the gopis said, “O pious mother, your son has invented many new styles of flute playing. When He places His flute to His reddish lips and sends forth His melodies- Brahma, Shiva, Indra and the other chief demigods become bewildered upon hearing the sound. Although they are the greatest of learned authorities, they cannot comprehend the greatness of Krishna’s music and so they bow their heads to listen more attentively.”
“While calling the 108 groups of cows (divided according to their colors), to return home in the evening, Krishna would call out their names while fingering a string of 108 jewel-beads. As Krishna returns home, His hand resting on the shoulder of a friend as He plays His flute, the exalted demigods, like Lord Brahma and Lord Shiva come and stand by the side of the path, to offer their evening prayers.”
Mother Yashoda and the gopis were very anxiously awaiting Krishna’s return from the pasturing grounds. When He finally returns, moving with the grace of a regal elephant, Krishna respectfully greets His well-wishing devotees.