Only By Serving Devotees we can get Krishna Prema

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.47.47-52 - Only By Serving Devotees we can get Krishna Prema (download mp3)
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SB 10.47.47
param saukhyam hi nairasyam
 svairiny apy aha pingala
taj janatinam nah krsne
 tathapy asa duratyaya

Indeed, the greatest happiness is to renounce all desires, as even the prostitute Pingala has declared. Yet even though we know this, we cannot give up our hopes of attaining Krsna.

The story of Pingala is narrated in the Eleventh Canto, Eighth Chapter, of Srimad-Bhagavatam.

SB 10.47.48
ka utsaheta santyaktum
anicchato ’pi yasya srir
 angan na cyavate kvacit

Who can bear to give up intimate talks with Lord Uttamahsloka? Although He shows no interest in her, Goddess Sri never moves from her place on His chest.

SB 10.47.49
 gavo venu-rava ime
 krsnenacaritah prabho

Dear Uddhava Prabhu, when Krsna was here in the company of Sankarsana, He enjoyed all these rivers, hills, forests, cows and flute sounds.

SB 10.47.50
punah punah smarayanti
 nanda-gopa-sutam bata
sri-niketais tat-padakair
 vismartum naiva saknumah

All these remind us constantly of Nanda’s son. Indeed, because we see Krsna’s footprints, which are marked with divine symbols, we can never forget Him.

SB 10.47.51
gatya lalitayodara-
madhvya gira hrta-dhiyah
 katham tam vismarama he

O Uddhava, how can we forget Him when our hearts have been stolen away by the charming way He walks, His generous smile and playful glances, and His honeylike words?

SB 10.47.52
he natha he rama-natha
magnam uddhara govinda
 gokulam vrjinarnavat

O master, O master of the goddess of fortune, O master of Vraja! O destroyer of all suffering, Govinda, please lift Your Gokula out of the ocean of distress in which it is drowning!

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti presents the following insight into this scene: Someone might propose to the gopis, “Why don’t you just go somewhere else? Leave Vrndavana, and then you won’t have to see these rivers, mountains and forests. Cover your eyes with your garments, use your intelligence to lead your minds to some other thought, and thus forget Krsna.” The gopis answer this suggestion in the previous verse by stating, “We no longer possess our intelligence, for Krsna has taken it away by His supreme beauty and charm.”

Now in the present verse the feelings of the gopis become so strong that they disregard Uddhava and, turning toward Mathura, address Krsna Himself with humble cries. They address Krsna as Vrajanatha because in the past young Krsna performed many inconceivable pastimes to protect His beloved village people, such as lifting Govardhana Hill and destroying many monstrous demons. In this heartrending verse, the gopis cry out to Krsna to remember the wonderful, sweet relationship they once enjoyed together as innocent village people. Indeed, Sri Krsna would lovingly take care of His father’s cows, and the gopis appealed to Him to remember these duties and return so He could resume them.