Krishna is Bhavagrahi

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.22.05-07 - Krishna is Bhavagrahi (download mp3)
by Mukundamala Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.22.5
evam masam vratam ceruh
 kumaryah krsna-cetasah
bhadrakalim samanarcur
 bhuyan nanda-sutah patih

Thus for an entire month the girls carried out their vow and properly worshiped the goddess Bhadrakali, fully absorbing their minds in Krsna and meditating upon the following thought: “May the son of King Nanda become my husband.”

SB 10.22.6
usasy utthaya gotraih svair
krsnam uccair jagur yantyah
 kalindyam snatum anvaham

Each day they rose at dawn. Calling out to one another by name, they all held hands and loudly sang the glories of Krsna while going to the Kalindi to take their bath.

SB 10.22.7
nadyah kadacid agatya
 tire niksipya purva-vat
vasamsi krsnam gayantyo
 vijahruh salile muda

One day they came to the riverbank and, putting aside their clothing as they had done before, happily played in the water while singing the glories of Krsna.

According to Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, this incident occurred on the day the young gopis completed their vow, which was a full-moon day. To celebrate the successful completion of their vow, the girls invited young Radharani — the daughter of Vrsabhanu and the special object of their affection — along with other important gopis, and brought them all to the river to bathe. Their playing in the water was meant to serve as the avabhrtha-snana, the ceremonial bath taken immediately upon the completion of a Vedic sacrifice.

Srila Prabhupada comments as follows: “It is an old system among Indian girls and women that when they take a bath in the river they place their garments on the bank and dip into the water completely naked. The portion of the river where the girls and women bathe was strictly prohibited to any male, and this is still the system. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, knowing the minds of the unmarried young gopis, awarded them their desired objective. They had prayed for Krsna to become their husband, and Krsna wanted to fulfill their desires.”