What Is Krishna's Reciprocation

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.65.14 - What Is Krishna's Reciprocation (download mp3)
by Nanda Dulal Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

 SB 10.65.14
kim nas tat-kathaya gopyah
 kathah kathayataparah
yaty asmabhir vina kalo
 yadi tasya tathaiva nah

“Why bother talking about Him, dear gopi? Please talk of something else. If He passes His time without us, then we shall similarly pass ours [without Him].”

Srila Sridhara Svami points out that the gopis here subtly indicate that Lord Krsna spends His time happily without them whereas they are most unhappy without their Lord. This is the difference between Him and them. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti adds the following commentary: “Considering themselves different from other women, the gopis thought as follows: ‘If other women are together with their lovers, they live, and if they are separated, they die. But we neither live nor die. This is the fate Providence has written on our foreheads. What remedy can we find?’”