Ecstacy of Separation

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.35.18-19 - Ecstacy of Separation (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Candramauli Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.35.18-19
mani-dharah kvacid aganayan ga
 malaya dayita-gandha-tulasyah
pranayino ’nucarasya kadamse
 praksipan bhujam agayata yatra
 krsnam anvasata krsna-grhinyah
guna-ganarnam anugatya harinyo
 gopika iva vimukta-grhasah

Now Krsna is standing somewhere counting His cows on a string of gems. He wears a garland of tulasi flowers that bear the fragrance of His beloved, and He has thrown His arm over the shoulder of an affectionate cowherd boyfriend. As Krsna plays His flute and sings, the music attracts the black deer’s wives, who approach that ocean of transcendental qualities and sit down beside Him. Just like us cowherd girls, they have given up all hope for happiness in family life.

Srila Jiva Gosvami explains that in the afternoon Sri Krsna dressed Himself in new clothing and then went out to call the cows home. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti gives the following information about the transcendental cows of Vrndavana: “For each of the four colors of cows — white, red, black and yellow — there are twenty-five subdivisions, making a total of one hundred colors. And such qualities as being colored like sandalwood-pulp tilaka [speckled] or having a head shaped like a mrdanga drum create eight further groups. To count these 108 groups of cows, distinguished by color and form, Krsna is using a string of 108 jewel-beads.…

“Thus when Krsna calls out ‘Hey Dhavali [the name of a white cow],’ a whole group of white cows come forward, and when He calls ‘Hamsi, Candani, Ganga, Mukta‘ and so on, the twenty-four other groups of white cows come. The reddish cows are called Aruni, Kunkuma, Sarasvati, etc., the blackish ones Syamala, Dhumala, Yamuna, etc., and the yellowish ones Pita, Pingala, Haritalika, etc. Those in the group with tilaka marks on their foreheads are called Citrita, Citra-tilaka, Dirgha-tilaka and Tiryak-tilaka, and there are groups known as Mrdanga-mukhi [mrdanga-head], Simha-mukhi [lion-head] and so on.

“Thus being called by name, the cows are coming forward, and Krsna, thinking that when it is time to bring them back from the forest none should be forgotten, is counting them on His jewel-beads.”