Important is the Attitude of Serving

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.65.17-18 - Important is the Attitude of Serving (download mp3)
by Hare Krishna Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.65.17
dvau masau tatra cavatsin
 madhum madhavam eva ca
ramah ksapasu bhagavan
 gopinam ratim avahan

Lord Balarama, the Personality of Godhead, resided there for the two months of Madhu and Madhava, and during the nights He gave His cowherd girlfriends conjugal pleasure.

Srila Sridhara Svami states that the gopis who enjoyed conjugal affairs with Sri Balarama during His visit to Gokula had not taken part in Sri Krsna’s rasa dance, being too young at the time. Srila Jiva Gosvami confirms this statement by quoting a phrase from the Bhagavatam (10.15.8) — gopyo ’ntarena bhujayoh — which indicates that there are particular gopis who act as Lord Balarama’s girlfriends. Furthermore, Jiva Gosvami states that during the Holi festivities celebrated when Krsna killed Sankhacuda, the gopis Lord Balarama enjoyed with were different from the ones Lord Krsna enjoyed with. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti agrees with this explanation.

SB 10.65.18
yamunopavane reme
 sevite stri-ganair vrtah

In the company of numerous women, Lord Balarama enjoyed in a garden by the Yamuna River. This garden was bathed in the rays of the full moon and caressed by breezes bearing the fragrance of night-blooming lotuses.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti explains that Lord Balarama’s conjugal pastimes took place in a small forest alongside the Yamuna, a place known as Srirama-ghatta, which is far from the site of Sri Krsna’s rasa dance.