Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 30:36-45

Book 10: Thirtieth Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 30: Verses 36-45

Thus showing to one another what they saw, the cowherd women wandered in a bewildered state. That Gopi, again, whom Sri Krsna had taken away (with Him), leaving (all)- The whole of verse 32 and the first line of the following have not been commented upon by Sridhara Swami, the earliest commentator of Srimad Bhagavata, and not even by Sri Vallabhacarya, which shows that they were not recognized by them as forming part of the text of Srimad Bhagavata. the other women in the forest, thereupon thought herself to be the most lovely of all the women. (She said to herself,) "Abandoning the other Gopis, that loved Him, the Darling is enjoying my company (alone)!" Then, reaching a certain part of the forest, she arrogantly said to Lord Sri Krsna (the Ruler even of Brahma and Lord Siva), "I am unable to walk (any more); carry me wherever it pleases you." Requested thus, the Lord replied to His lady-love, "Mount my shoulder (then) !" After that, (however, as soon as the lady tried to mount His shoulder),Sri Krsna disappeared and the said lady repented (in the following words):- "My most beloved lord, 0 delighter of my soul, where are you, where are you, O mighty-armed one, pray reveal your presence, 0 friend, to me, your wretched servant." Tracking the path of the Lord (still further), the cowherd women perceived not very far from them their afflicted female companion confounded due to her separation from her beloved Lord: The Gopis felt highly astonished to hear the account narrated by her as also how she had received honour from Sri Krsna (the Spouse of Laksmi) and how (again) through (her own) wickedness she had met with disregard at His hands. Again (in her company) the (cowherd) women penetrated the forest (further) so long as moonlight was visible. Perceiving (however) the darkness had set in they returned from that (very) point. With their mind absorbed in Him, talking of Him, imitating His various activities, nay, identified with Him and singing His praises alone, the cowherd women did not recollect their own body, much less their homes. Coming back to the sandy bank of the Kalindi, thinking of that Enchanter of souls (alone), and seized with a longing for His return, they sang of Sri Krsna in a chorus.

Thus ends the thirtieth discourse entitled "The Gopis' Quest for Sri Krsna during the Rasa Play," in the first half of Book Ten of the great and glorious Bhagavata-Purana, otherwise known as the Paramahamsa-Samhita./div>



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