TEXT 158
evam sasankamsu-virajita nisah
sa satya-kamo 'nuratabala-ganah
siseva atmany avaruddha-sauratah
sarvah sarat-kavya-katha-rasasrayah
evamthus; sasanka-amsuwith rays of moonshine; virajitahbeautifully existing; nisahnights; sahHe; satya-kamahthe Absolute Truth; anuratato whom are attracted; abala-ganahwomen; sisevaperformed; atmaniin His own self; avaruddha-sauratahHis transcendental erotic love was checked; sarvahall; saratin autumn; kavyapoetic; kathawords; rasa-asrayahfull of all transcendental mellows.
" 'Lord Sri Krsna, who is the Absolute Truth, enjoyed His rasa dance every night during the autumn season. He performed this dance in the moonlight and with full transcendental mellows. He used poetic words and surrounded Himself with women who were very much attracted to Him.'
This verse is a quotation from Srimad-Bhagavatam (10.33.25). The gopis are all transcendental spirit souls. One should never think that the gopis and Krsna have material bodies. Vrndavana-dhama is also a spiritual abode, and there the days and nights, the trees, flowers, water and everything else are spiritual. There is not even a trace of material contamination. Krsna, who is the Supreme Brahman and Supersoul, is not at all interested in anything material. His activities with the gopis are all spiritual and take place within the spiritual world. They have nothing to do with the material world. Lord Krsna's lusty desires and ail His dealings with the gopis are on the spiritual platform. One has to be transcendentally realized before even considering relishing the pastimes of Krsna with the gopis. One who is on the mundane platform must first purify himself by following the regulative principles. Only then can he try to understand Krsna and the gopis. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Svarupa Damodara Gosvami are here talking about the relationship between Krsna and the gopis: therefore the subject matter is neither mundane nor erotic. Being a sannyasi, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was very strict in His dealings with women. Unless the gopis were on the spiritual platform, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu would have never even mentioned them to Svarupa Damodara Gosvami. Therefore these descriptions do not at all pertain to material activity.

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