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SB 10.21.8

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Please note: The synonyms, translation and purport of this verse were composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


madhye virejatur alaṁ paśu-pāla-goṣṭhyāṁ
raṅge yathā naṭa-varau kvaca gāyamānau


cūta—of a mango tree; pravāla—with young sprouts; barha—peacock feathers; stabaka—bunches of flowers; utpala—lotuses; abja—and lilies; mālā—with garlands; anupṛkta—touched; paridhāna—Their garments; vicitra—with great variety; veśau—being dressed; madhye—in the midst; virejatuḥ—the two of Them shone forth; alam—magnificently; paśu-pāla—of the cowherd boys; goṣṭhyām—within the assembly; raṅge—upon a stage; yathā—just as; naṭa-varau—two most excellent dancers; kvaca—sometimes; gāyamānau—Themselves singing.

Translation and purport composed by disciples of Śrīla Prabhupāda


Dressed in a charming variety of garments, upon which Their garlands rest, and decorating Themselves with peacock feathers, lotuses, lilies, newly grown mango sprouts and clusters of flower buds, Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma shine forth magnificently among the assembly of cowherd boys. They look just like the best of dancers appearing on a dramatic stage, and sometimes They sing.


The gopīs continue singing their ecstatic song as they remember the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa. The gopīs wanted to go to the forest where Kṛṣṇa was performing His pastimes and, while remaining concealed, peer through the leaves of the creepers and see the wonder of Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma dancing and singing with Their boyfriends. This was their desire, but because they could not go, they sang this song in ecstatic love.

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