Srimad Bhagavatam 10.13.25 - Srimad Bhagavatam offers Best Friend-Krishna (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Purushottam Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
asit snehardhikam vina
purovad asv api hares
tokata mayaya vina
Previously, from the very beginning, the gopis had motherly affection for Krsna. Indeed, their affection for Krsna exceeded even their affection for their own sons. In displaying their affection, they had thus distinguished between Krsna and their sons, but now that distinction disappeared.
The distinction between one’s own son and another’s son is not unnatural. Many elderly women have motherly affection for the sons of others. They observe distinctions, however, between those other sons and their own. But now the elderly gopis could not distinguish between their own sons and Krsna, for since their own sons had been taken by Brahma, Krsna had expanded as their sons. Therefore, their extra affection for their sons, who were now Krsna Himself, was due to bewilderment resembling that of Brahma. Previously, the mothers of Sridama, Sudama, Subala and Krsna’s other friends did not have the same affection for one another’s sons, but now the gopis treated all the boys as their own. Sukadeva Gosvami, therefore, wanted to explain this increment of affection in terms of Krsna’s bewilderment of Brahma, the gopis, the cows and everyone else.