Srimad Bhagavatam 10.21.13.14 - Devotee should be always Grateful (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Krishnanaam Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
gavas ca krsna-mukha-nirgata-venu-gita
piyusam uttabhita-karna-putaih pibantyah
savah snuta-stana-payah-kavalah sma tasthur
govindam atmani drsasru-kalah sprsantyah
Using their upraised ears as vessels, the cows are drinking the nectar of the flute-song flowing out of Krsna’s mouth. The calves, their mouths full of milk from their mothers’ moist nipples, stand still as they take Govinda within themselves through their tear-filled eyes and embrace Him within their hearts.
prayo batamba vihaga munayo vane ’smin
krsneksitam tad-uditam kala-venu-gitam
aruhya ye druma-bhujan rucira-pravalan
srnvanti milita-drso vigatanya-vacah
O mother, in this forest all the birds have risen onto the beautiful branches of the trees to see Krsna. With closed eyes they are simply listening in silence to the sweet vibrations of His flute, and they are not attracted by any other sound. Surely these birds are on the same level as great sages.
The birds resemble sages because they live in the forest, keep their eyes closed, observe silence and remain motionless. Significantly, it is stated here that even great sages become maddened by the sound of Krsna’s flute, which is a completely spiritual vibration.
The word rucira-pravalan indicates that even the branches of the trees are transformed in ecstasy when struck by the vibration of Krsna’s flute-song. Indra, Brahma, Siva and Visnu, being primordial gods, travel throughout the universe and have extensive knowledge of the science of music, and yet even these great personalities have never heard or composed music like that which emanates from Krsna’s flute. Indeed, the birds are so moved by the blissful sound that in their ecstasy they close their eyes and cling to the branches to avoid falling off the trees.
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura explains that the gopis would sometimes address each other as amba, “mother.”