go-gopinam matrtasminn
asit snehardhikam vina
purovad asv api hares
tokata mayaya vina
go-gopinamfor both the cows and the gopis, the elderly cowherd women; matrtamotherly affection; asminunto Krsna; asitthere ordinarily was; snehaof affection; rdhikamany increase; vinawithout; purah-vatlike before; asuthere was among the cows and gopis; apialthough; harehof Krsna; tokataKrsna is my son; mayaya vinawithout maya.
Previously, from the very beginning, the gopis had motherly affection for Krsna. Indeed, their affection for Krsna exceeded even their affection for their own sons. In displaying their affection, they had thus distinguished between Krsna and their sons, but now that distinction disappeared.
The distinction between ones own son and anothers son is not unnatural. Many elderly women have motherly affection for the sons of others. They observe distinctions, however, between those other sons and their own. But now the elderly gopis could not distinguish between their own sons and Krsna, for since their own sons had been taken by Brahma, Krsna had expanded as their sons. Therefore, their extra affection for their sons, who were now Krsna Himself, was due to bewilderment resembling that of Brahma. Previously, the mothers of Sridama, Sudama, Subala and Krsnas other friends did not have the same affection for one anothers sons, but now the gopis treated all the boys as their own. Sukadeva Gosvami, therefore, wanted to explain this increment of affection in terms of Krsnas bewilderment of Brahma, the gopis, the cows and everyone else.

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