Surrender of Gopis

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.22.21-22 - Surrender of Gopis (download mp3)
by Shubha Vilas Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.22.21
tas tathavanata drstva
 bhagavan devaki-sutah
vasamsi tabhyah prayacchat
 karunas tena tositah

Seeing them bow down like that, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the son of Devaki, gave them back their garments, feeling compassionate toward them and satisfied by their act.

SB 10.22.22
drdham pralabdhas trapaya ca hapitah
 prastobhitah kridana-vac ca karitah
vastrani caivapahrtany athapy amum
 ta nabhyasuyan priya-sanga-nirvrtah

Although the gopis had been thoroughly cheated, deprived of their modesty, ridiculed and made to act just like toy dolls, and although their clothing had been stolen, they did not feel at all inimical toward Sri Krsna. Rather, they were simply joyful to have this opportunity to associate with their beloved.

Srila Prabhupada comments, “This attitude of the gopis is described by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu when He prays, ‘My dear Lord Krsna, You may embrace Me or trample Me under Your feet, or You may make Me brokenhearted by never being present before Me. Whatever You like, You can do, because You have complete freedom to act. But in spite of all of Your dealings, You are My Lord eternally, and I have no other worshipable object.’ This is the attitude of the gopis toward Krsna.”