TEXT 223
tahate drstanta--upanisad sruti-gana
raga-marge bhaji' paila vrajendra-nandana
SYNONYMS
tahate—in this matter; drstanta—the example; upanisad sruti-gana—the great sages known as the personified Upanisads or srutis; raga-marge—on the path of spontaneous love; bhaji'-worshiping; paila—obtained; vrajendra-nandana—the lotus feet of Lord Krsna.
TRANSLATION
"Those saintly persons who presented the Upanisads are vivid examples of this. By worshiping the Lord on the path of spontaneous love, they attained the lotus feet of Vrajendra-nandana, the son of Nanda Maharaja.
PURPORT
In the Goloka Vrndavana planet, Krsna's servants are headed by Raktaka and Patraka. Krsna's friends are headed by Sridama, Subala and others. There are also elderly gopis and the cowherd men, headed by Nanda Maharaja, mother Yasoda and others. All of these personalities are eternally engaged in the loving service of the Lord in accordance with their specific attachments for Krsna. One who wants to return home to serve the Lord directly may be attracted to Krsna as a servant, friend, father or mother. If a person continuously serves Krsna during this life in a particular ecstasy, upon giving the material body he attains a suitable spiritual body to serve Krsna in terms of his particular attachment. One may serve as a servant, friend, father or mother. In the same way, one who wants to serve Krsna in conjugal love can also attain a body under the guidance of the gopis. The most vivid example in this connection is those saintly personalities known as srutis, who represent the Upanisads. These srutis understand that without serving Krsna and following in the footsteps of the gopis there is no possibility of entering the kingdom of God. Therefore they engage in spontaneous loving service unto Krsna and follow in the footsteps of the gopis.

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