Srimad Bhagavatam 10.22.19 - Krishna's Transcendental Position (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Murlidhar Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
yuyam vivastra yad apo dhrta-vrata
vyagahataitat tad u deva-helanam
baddhvañjalim murdhny apanuttaye ’mhasah
krtva namo ’dho-vasanam pragrhyatam
[Lord Krsna said:] You girls bathed naked while executing your vow, and that is certainly an offense against the demigods. To counteract your sin you should offer obeisances while placing your joined palms above your heads. Then you should take back your lower garments.
Krsna wanted to see the full surrender of the gopis, and thus He ordered them to offer obeisances with their palms joined above their heads. In other words, the gopis could no longer cover their bodies. We should not foolishly think that Lord Krsna is an ordinary lusty boy enjoying the naked beauty of the gopis. Krsna is the Supreme Absolute Truth, and He was acting to fulfill the loving desire of the young cowherd girls of Vrndavana. In this world we would certainly become lusty in a situation like this. But to compare ourselves to God is a great offense, and because of this offense we will not be able to understand Krsna’s transcendental position, for we will wrongly take Him to be materially conditioned like ourselves. To lose transcendental sight of Krsna is certainly a great disaster for one trying to relish the bliss of the Absolute Truth.