TEXT 178
ye yatha mam prapadyante
tams tathaiva bhajamy aham
mama vartmanuvartante
manusyah partha sarvasah
SYNONYMS
ye—those who; yatha—as; mam—to Me; prapadyante—surrender; tan—them; tatha—so; eva—certainly; bhajami—reward; aham—I; mama—My; vartma—path; anuvartante—follow; manusyah—men; partha—O son of Prtha; sarvasah—in all respects.
TRANSLATION
"In whatever way My devotees surrender unto Me, I reward them accordingly. Everyone follows My path in all respects, O son of Prtha."
PURPORT
Krsna was never ungrateful to the gopis, for as He declares to Arjuna in this verse from the Bhagavad-gita (4.11), He reciprocates with His devotees in proportion to the transcendental loving service they render unto Him. Everyone follows the path that leads toward Him, but there are different degrees of progress on that path, and the Lord is realized in proportion to one's advancement. The path is one, but the progress in approaching the ultimate goal is different, and therefore the proportion of realization of this goal-namely the absolute Personality of Godhead-is also different. The gopis attained the highest goal, and Lord Caitanya affirmed that there is no higher method of worshiping God than that followed by the gopis.

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