Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.43 - Loving Exchange between Krishna and Devotees (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Kalakantha Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
pitva mukunda-mukha-saragham aksi-bhrngais
tapam jahur viraha-jam vraja-yosito ’hni
tat sat-krtim samadhigamya vivesa gostham
savrida-hasa-vinayam yad apanga-moksam
With their beelike eyes, the women of Vrndavana drank the honey of the beautiful face of Lord Mukunda, and thus they gave up the distress they had felt during the day because of separation from Him. The young Vrndavana ladies cast sidelong glances at the Lord — glances filled with bashfulness, laughter and submission — and Sri Krsna, completely accepting these glances as a proper offering of respect, entered the cowherd village.
In Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Srila Prabhupada describes this incident as follows: “All the gopis in Vrndavana remained very morose on account of Krsna’s absence. All day they were thinking of Krsna in the forest or of Him herding cows in the pasture. When they saw Krsna returning, all their anxieties were immediately relieved, and they began to look at His face the way drones hover over the honey of the lotus flower. When Krsna entered the village, the young gopis smiled and laughed. Krsna, while playing the flute, enjoyed the beautiful smiling faces of the gopis.”
The Supreme Lord, Sri Krsna, is the supreme master of romantic skills, and thus He expertly exchanged loving feelings with the young cowherd girls of Vrndavana. When a chaste young girl is in love, she glances at her beloved with shyness, jubilation and submission. When the beloved accepts her offering of love by receiving her glance and is thus satisfied with her, the loving young girl’s heart becomes filled with happiness. These were exactly the romantic exchanges taking place between beautiful young Krsna and the loving cowherd girls of Vrndavana.