Increasing Quality and Quantity of Service

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.35.20-21 - Increasing Quality and Quantity of Service (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
by Candramauli Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.35.20-21
 gopa-godhana-vrto yamunayam
nanda-sunur anaghe tava vatso
 narma-dah pranayinam vijahara
manda-vayur upavaty anukulam
 manayan malayaja-sparsena
vandinas tam upadeva-gana ye
 vadya-gita-balibhih parivavruh

O sinless Yasoda, your darling child, the son of Maharaja Nanda, has festively enhanced His attire with a jasmine garland, and He is now playing along the Yamuna in the company of the cows and cowherd boys, amusing His dear companions. The gentle breeze honors Him with its soothing fragrance of sandalwood, while the various Upadevas, standing on all sides like panegyrists, offer their music, singing and gifts of tribute.

Srila Jiva Gosvami explains that the gopis are again in the courtyard of mother Yasoda, the queen of Vraja. They are trying to encourage her by describing Krsna’s return to Vrndavana after He has spent the day herding cows and playing.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti comments that the Upadevas, the minor demigods mentioned here, include the Gandharvas, who are famous for their celestial music and dancing.