TEXT 223
yanra madhurite kare laksmi akarsana
rupa-gosani kariyachena se-rupa varnana
yanraof whom; madhuriteby the sweetness; karedoes; laksmithe goddess of fortune; akarsanaattraction; rupa-gosaniSrila Rupa Gosvami; kariyachenahas done; sethat; rupaof the beauty; varnanaenunciation.
The goddess of fortune is attracted by His sweetness, which Srila Rupa Gosvami has described in this way:
Srila Rupa Gosvami, in his Laghu-bhagavatamrta, has quoted from the Padma Purana, where it is stated that Laksmidevi, the goddess of fortune, after seeing the attractive features of Lord Krsna, was attracted to Him, and to get the favor of Lord Krsna she engaged herself in meditation. When asked by Krsna why she engaged in meditation with austerity, Laksmidevi answered, "I want to be one of Your associates like the gopis in Vrndavana." Hearing this, Lord Sri Krsna replied that it was quite impossible. Laksmidevi then said that she wanted to remain just like a golden line on the chest of the Lord. The Lord granted the request, and since then Laksmi has always been situated on the chest of Lord Krsna as a golden line. The austerity and meditation of Laksmidevi are also mentioned in Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.16.36), where the Naga-patnis, the wives of the serpent Kaliya, in the course of their prayers to Krsna, said that the goddess of fortune, Laksmi, also wanted His association as a gopi and desired the dust of His lotus feet.

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