Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 33:20-26

Book 10: Thirty-three Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 33: Verses 20-26

Sportfully revealing Himself in as many forms as there were cowherd women, the aforesaid Lord delightfully spent His time with (each of) them (individually in different forms), though revelling in His own Self. With His most blissful hand, 0 dear Pariksit, the compassionate Lord lovingly wiped the faces of those girls, fatigued (as they were) by over-(exertion in) dancing. Offering worship to the Supreme Person with the splendour of their cheeks, heightened by the lustre of their brilliant gold ear-rings and curly locks, as well as with their nectar-like smiles and glances and enraptured by the (thrilling) touch of His (blessed) nails, the Gopis celebrated in song His purifying exploits. Accompanied by them and followed by black bees, humming like the leaders of Gandharvas and attracted by His garland squeezed by the embraces of the Gopis and tinged with the saffron paint on their bosom, the fatigued Lord-who had transgressed all limits (imposed by worldly usage and Vedic injunctions)-entered the water (of the Yamuna) in order to get over His fatigue, (even) as the leader of (a herd of) elephants would do in the company of she-elephants after having broken the darns.
Profusely sprinkled all over from every side by the young women-who were heartily laughing-in the water and affectionately regarded by them, 0 dear Pariksit, and being glorified by the gods (borne in their aerial cars and) showering flowers (on Him), the Lord Himself sported in their midst like a leader of elephants, though revelling in His own Self. Surrounded by black bees and the bevies of young women, the Lord then rambled in a grove on the bank of the Yamuna, served on all sides by a breeze wafting the fragrance of flowers (both) on land and in water, (even) like a tusker shedding temporal fluid and accompanied by she-elephants. The aforesaid Lord of unfailing desire, to whom those bevies of delicate women were (so) fondly attached and who (voluntarily) exhibited in Himself the (various) amorous gestures, thus enjoyed all those nights[1] illumined with the rays of the full moon and embodying all the charms peculiar to the autumn season and depicted in poetical works.



  1. It has already been indicated in verse 19 above that the night on which the Lord enacted His celebrated Rasa-Play combined numberless nights. by divine will, although to the Gopis in their ecstasy of delight they appeared as one single night.

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