Book 10: Twenty-three Chapter (First Half)
Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 23: Verses 24-33
Even though He had come to know that they had arrived (there) under the aforesaid circumstances (in the teeth of opposition of all their people) with the (sole) desire to see Him and having given up all hopes (of returning to their home and being welcomed again by their husbands and other relations), Sri Krsna (the Witness of all minds) addressed them as follows with a smiling face:- "Welcome is your visit (to this place), 0 highly blessed ladies ! Let yourselves be (comfortably) seated. What can We do for you ? It is but proper for you that you have come with a longing to see Me (disregarding all impediments). Surely the wise, who realize their own interests, duly practise disinterested and uninterrupted devotion direct to Me, their own beloved Self. Indeed, who else could be dearer than one's own self, through contact with whom life and intellect, mind and body, kinsfolk, wife, progeny and wealth etc., are dear ? Therefore, return to the sacrificial hall, where your husbands-who are Brahmana householders-will successfully, conclude their sacrificial session with your help." The wives (of the Brahmanas) said : It is not becoming of You, 0 almighty Lord, to utter such cruel words. (Pray) vindicate the Vedic dictum, "One does not return" (on having attained to Me).
- न स पुनरावर्तते।