Glories of Krishna's Flute

2013-06-23
by Srinathji Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty




 SB 10.21.12
krsnam niriksya vanitotsava-rupa-silam
 srutva ca tat-kvanita-venu-vivikta-gitam
devyo vimana-gatayah smara-nunna-sara
 bhrasyat-prasuna-kabara mumuhur vinivyah


Translation:
Krsna’s beauty and character create a festival for all women. Indeed, when the demigods’ wives flying in airplanes with their husbands catch sight of Him and hear His resonant flute-song, their hearts are shaken by Cupid, and they become so bewildered that the flowers fall out of their hair and their belts loosen.

Purport:
In Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Srila Prabhupada comments: “[This verse indicates] that the transcendental sound of the flute of Krsna extended to all corners of the universe. Also, it is significant that the gopis knew about the different kinds of airplanes flying in the sky.”

In fact, even while sitting on the laps of their demigod husbands, the demigoddesses became agitated by hearing the sounds of Krsna’s flute. Thus the gopis thought that they themselves should not be blamed for their ecstatic conjugal attraction for Krsna, who after all was a cowherd boy from their own village and thus a natural object of their love. If even demigoddesses became mad after Krsna, how could poor, earthly cowherd girls from Krsna’s own village avoid having their hearts completely conquered by His loving glances and the sounds of His flute?

The gopis also considered that the demigods, although noting their wives’ attraction to Krsna, did not become envious. The demigods are actually very refined in culture and intelligence, and therefore when flying in their airplanes they regularly take their wives along to see Krsna. The gopis thought, “Our husbands, on the other hand, are envious. Therefore even the inferior deer are better off than we, and the demigoddesses are also very fortunate, whereas we poor human beings in an intermediate position are most unfortunate.”

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