TEXT 3
krsna-vatsair asankhyatair
yuthi-krtya sva-vatsakan
carayanto ’rbha-lilabhir
vijahrus tatra tatra ha
SYNONYMS
krsna—of Lord Krsna; vatsaih—along with the calves; asankhyataih—unlimited; yuthi-krtya—assembled them; sva-vatsakan—personal calves; carayantah—executing; arbha-lilabhih—by boyhood pastimes; vijahruh—enjoyed; tatra tatra—here and there; ha—indeed.
TRANSLATION
Along with the cowherd boys and their own groups of calves, Krsna came out with an unlimited number of calves assembled. Then all the boys began to sport in the forest in a greatly playful spirit.
PURPORT
In this verse the words krsna-vatsair asankhyataih are significant. The word asankhyata means “unlimited.” Krsna’s calves were unlimited. We may speak of hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, millions, billions, trillions, tens of trillions, and so on, but when we go further to speak of numbers impossible for us to count, we are speaking of unlimited numbers. Such unlimited numbers are indicated here by the word asankhyataih. Krsna is unlimited, His potency is unlimited, His cows and calves are unlimited, and His space is unlimited. Therefore He is described in Bhagavad-gita as Parabrahman. The word brahman means “unlimited,” and Krsna is the Supreme Unlimited, Parabrahman. Therefore, we should not consider the statements of this verse to be mythological. They are factual, but inconceivable. Krsna can accommodate an unlimited number of calves and an unlimited measurement of space. This is neither mythological nor false, but if we study Krsna’s potency with our limited knowledge, that potency will never be possible to understand. Atah sri-krsna-namadi na bhaved grahyam indriyaih [BRS.
atah sri-krsna-namadi
na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
sevonmukhe hi jihvadau
svayam eva sphuraty adah
“No one can understand the transcendental nature of the name, form, quality and pastimes of Sri Krsna through his materially contaminated senses. Only when one becomes spiritually saturated by transcendental service to the Lord are the transcendental name, form, quality and pastimes of the Lord revealed to him.” (Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu 1.2.234)1.2.234]. Our senses cannot perceive how He could keep an unlimited number of calves and cows and have unlimited space in which to do so. But this is answered in the Brhad-bhagavatamrta:
evam prabhoh priyanam ca
dhamnas ca samayasya ca
avicintya-prabhavatvad
atra kincin na durghatam
Sri Sanatana Gosvami, in the Brhad-bhagavatamrta, states that since everything about Krsna is unlimited, nothing is impossible for Him. It is in this sense that we have to understand this verse.

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