veṇura tapa jāni yabe, sei tapa kari tabe,
e--a yogya, āmarā--yogyā nārī
yā nā pāñā duḥkhe mari, ayogya piye sahite nāri,
tāhā lāgi' tapasyā vicāri
veṇura—of the flute; tapa—austerities; jāni—knowing; yabe—when; sei—those; tapa—austerities; kari—we perform; tabe—at that time; e—this (flute); ayogya—unfit; āmarā—we; yogyā nārī—fit women; yā—which; nā pāñā—not getting; duḥkhe—in unhappiness; mari—we die; ayogya—the most unfit; piye—drinks; sahite nāri—we cannot tolerate; tāhā lāgi'-for that reason; tapasyā—austerities; vicāri—we are considering.
"The gopīs considered, 'The flute is completely unfit for his position. We want to know what kind of austerities the flute executed, so that we may also perform the same austerities. Although the flute is unfit, he is drinking the nectar of Kṛṣṇa's lips. Seeing this, we qualified gopīs are dying of unhappiness. Therefore, we must consider the austerities the flute underwent in his past life.' "
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