Simplicity of the Gopis

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.22.18 - Simplicity of the Gopis (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Radhapati Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.22.18
bhagavan ahata viksya
skandhe nidhaya vasamsi
 pritah provaca sa-smitam

When the Supreme Lord saw how the gopis were struck with embarrassment, He was satisfied by their pure loving affection. Putting their clothes on His shoulder, the Lord smiled and spoke to them with affection.

Srila Prabhupada comments: “[The gopis’] simple presentation was so pure that Lord Krsna immediately became pleased with them. All the unmarried gopis who prayed to Katyayani to have Krsna as their husband were thus satisfied. A woman cannot be naked before any male except her husband. The unmarried gopis desired Krsna as their husband, and He fulfilled their desire in this way.”

For aristocratic girls like the gopis, standing naked before a young boy was worse than death, and yet they decided to give up everything for the pleasure of Lord Krsna. He wanted to see the power of their love for Him, and He was completely satisfied by their unalloyed devotion.