Chida Dahi Festival of Raghunathdas Goswami

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.83.01 - Chida Dahi Festival of Raghunathdas Goswami (download mp3)
by Vraj Chandra Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.83.1
sri-suka uvaca
tathanugrhya bhagavan
 gopinam sa gurur gatih
yudhisthiram athaprcchat
 sarvams ca suhrdo ’vyayam

Sukadeva Gosvami said: Thus Lord Krsna, the spiritual master of the gopis and the very purpose of their life, showed them His mercy. He then met with Yudhisthira and all His other relatives and inquired from them about their welfare.

The words gurur gatih have been translated here in their usual sense: “spiritual master and goal.” Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti, however, points out an additional meaning: While Lord Krsna is the goal for all sadhus in general, for the gopis specifically He is that goal which is guru, “predominant,” in the sense of completely eclipsing the significance of all other possible goals.