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SB 4.28.47

His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


ātmānaṁ śocatī dīnam
abandhuṁ viklavāśrubhiḥ
stanāv āsicya vipine
susvaraṁ praruroda sā


ātmānam—about herself; śocatī—lamenting; dīnam—wretched; abandhum—without a friend; viklava—brokenhearted; aśrubhiḥ—by tears; stanau—her breasts; āsicya—wetting; vipine—in the forest; susvaram—loudly; praruroda—began to cry; —she.


Being now alone and a widow in that forest, the daughter of Vidarbha began to lament, incessantly shedding tears, which soaked her breasts, and crying very loudly.


Figuratively the queen is supposed to be the disciple of the king; thus when the mortal body of the spiritual master expires, his disciples should cry exactly as the queen cries when the king leaves his body. However, the disciple and spiritual master are never separated because the spiritual master always keeps company with the disciple as long as the disciple follows strictly the instructions of the spiritual master. This is called the association of vāṇī (words). Physical presence is called vapuḥ. As long as the spiritual master is physically present, the disciple should serve the physical body of the spiritual master, and when the spiritual master is no longer physically existing, the disciple should serve the instructions of the spiritual master.

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