Shaping the Mind Like the Soul

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.35.26 - Shaping the Mind Like the Soul (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
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SB 10.35.26
sri-suka uvaca
evam vraja-striyo rajan
remire ’hahsu tac-cittas
 tan-manaska mahodayah

Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said: O King, thus during the daytime the women of Vrndavana took pleasure in continuously singing about the pastimes of Krsna, and those ladies’ minds and hearts, absorbed in Him, were filled with great festivity.

This verse definitely confirms that the so-called pain of the heartbroken gopis is actually great spiritual bliss. On the material platform, pain is pain — period. But on the spiritual platform, so-called pain is simply a different variety of spiritual ecstasy. In the Western countries, people take pleasure in mixing different flavors of ice cream to produce wonderful combinations of flavor. Similarly, on the spiritual platform Sri Krsna and His devotees expertly mix the flavors of spiritual bliss, and thus every day was a treat for the gopis.

Thus end the purports of the humble servants of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the Tenth Canto, Thirty-fifth Chapter, of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, entitled “The Gopis Sing of Krsna as He Wanders in the Forest.”