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CC Madhya 20.384

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



TEXT 384

krame bālya-paugaṇḍa-kaiśoratā-prāpti
rāsa-ādi līlā kare, kaiśore nitya-sthiti


SYNONYMS

krame—gradually; bālya—childhood; paugaṇḍa—boyhood; kaiśoratā—youth; prāpti—development; rāsa—dancing with the gopīs; ādi—and others; līlā—pastimes; kare—performs; kaiśore—in His age of pre-youth; nitya-sthiti—eternally existing.


TRANSLATION

“Lord Kṛṣṇa exhibits His pastimes of childhood, boyhood and pre-youth. When He reaches pre-youth, He continues to exist eternally to perform His rāsa dance and other pastimes.


PURPORT

The comparison made here is very interesting. Kṛṣṇa does not grow like an ordinary human being, even though He exhibits His pastimes of childhood, boyhood and pre-youth. When He reaches the age of pre-youth, kaiśora, He does not grow any older. He simply remains in His kaiśora age. He is therefore described in the Brahma-saṁhitā (BS 5.38) as nava-yauvana:

advaitam acyutam anādim ananta-rūpam
ādyaṁ purāṇa-puruṣaṁ nava-yauvanaṁ ca
vedeṣu durlabham adurlabham ātma-bhaktau
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

This nava-yauvana, or pre-youth, is the eternal transcendental form of Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa never grows older than nava-yauvana.