Book 10: Twenty-one Chapter (First Half)
Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 21: Verses 14-18
In all probability, Oh mother, the birds (dwelling) in this forest are (no other than) sages, who-having perched on the boughs of trees clothed with charming foliage (devoid of fruits and flowers) so that they may be able to behold Sri Krsna (without any hindrance) and (since they have no attraction for such fruits and flowers)-hear the dulcet music of the flute poured forth by Him with unwinding (sleepless) eyes, other voices having altogether ceased for them. (The Gopis have evidently concluded this from the fact that perching on the boughs of the tree of the Veda and renouncing the fruit of actions promised in it, sages devote themselves to action alone corresponding to charming leaves-fixing their mind on the glory of Sri Krsna with the sole object of securing a vision of the Lord). Hearing the aforesaid music of Sri Krsna (the Bestower of Liberation) on that occasion, (even) the (inanimate) rivers-that had their rapid flow (towards the ocean, their darling) arrested through love (for Sri Krsna) betrayed by eddies-clasped both the feet of Sri Krsna (the Slayer of the demon Mura) with the arms of their waves in such a way as to fold them in their embrace, offering lotuses (as a symbol of their heart).
- it is usual with Indian women to address their female companions as mother in moments of ecstasy and specially while pouring out their heart through a song.
- Although the flowers were evidently showerd by the gods riding in their aerial cars (Vide verse 12 above), the Gopis in the ecstasy of love imagine them to have been showered by the cloud.