Brahman Sparsh

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.47.12 - Brahman Sparsh (download mp3)
by Nanda Dulal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.47.12
gopy uvaca
madhupa kitava-bandho ma sprsanghrim sapatnyah
 kuca-vilulita-mala-kunkuma-smasrubhir nah
vahatu madhu-patis tan-manininam prasadam
 yadu-sadasi vidambyam yasya dutas tvam idrk

The gopi said: O honeybee, O friend of a cheater, don’t touch My feet with your whiskers, which are smeared with the kunkuma that rubbed onto Krsna’s garland when it was crushed by the breasts of a rival lover! Let Krsna satisfy the women of Mathura. One who sends a messenger like you will certainly be ridiculed in the Yadus’ assembly.

Srimati Radharani indirectly chastised Krsna by chastising the bumblebee, which She took for His messenger. She addressed the bumblebee as madhupa, “one who drinks the nectar (of flowers),” and She addressed Krsna as madhu-pati, “the Lord of Madhu.”

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti points out that this and the following nine verses exemplify ten kinds of impulsive speech spoken by a lover. This verse illustrates the qualities of prajalpa, as described by Srila Rupa Gosvami in the following verse from his Ujjvala-nilamani (14.182):

 yo ’vadhirana-mudraya
 prajalpah sa tu kirtyate

“Prajalpa is speech that denigrates the tactlessness of one’s lover with expressions of disrespect. It is spoken in a mood of envy, jealousy and pride.” Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti points out that the word kitava-bandho expresses envy; the phrase from sapatnyah to nah, jealousy; the phrase ma sprsa anghrim, pride; and the phrase from vahatu to prasadam, disrespect, while the phrase from yadu-sadasi to the end of the verse decries Krsna’s tactless treatment of Radharani.