TEXT 157
gopikara preme nahi rasabhasa-dosa
ataeva krsnera kare parama santosa
SYNONYMS
gopikara—of the gopis; preme—in the loving affairs; nahi—there is not; rasa-abhasa—of an adulterated taste of mellow; dosa—fault; ataeva—therefore; krsnera—of Lord Krsna; kare—they do; parama santosa—highest satisfaction.
TRANSLATION
"There is no flaw or adulteration in the love of the gopis; therefore they give Krsna the highest pleasure.
PURPORT
Rasabhasa occurs when one's relationship with Krsna is adulterated. There are different types of rasabhasa-first-, second-and third-class. The word rasa means "mellow," and abhasa means "a shadow." If one tastes one kind of mellow and something extra is imposed, that is uparasa. If something is derived from the original mellow, it is called anurasa. If something is appreciated that is far removed from the original mellow, it is called aparasa. Uparasa, anurasa and aparasa are, respectively, first-, second-and third-class rasabhasas. As stated in the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (4.9):
purvam evanusistena vikala rasa-laksana
rasa eva rasabhasa rasa-jnair anukirtitah
syus tridhoparasas canurasas caparasas ca te
uttama madhyamah proktah kanisthas cety ami kramat

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