palayan vatsapo varsam
ittham—in this way; atma—the Supreme Soul, Krsna; atmana—by Himself; atmanam—Himself again; vatsa-pala-misena—with the forms of cowherd boys and calves; sah—Krsna Himself; palayan—maintaining; vatsa-pah—tending the calves; varsam—continuously for one year; cikride—enjoyed the pastimes; vana-gosthayoh—both in Vrndavana and in the forest.
In this way, Lord Sri Krsna, having Himself become the cowherd boys and groups of calves, maintained Himself by Himself. Thus He continued His pastimes, both in Vrndavana and in the forest, for one year.
Everything was Krsna. The calves, the cowherd boys and their maintainer Himself were all Krsna. In other words, Krsna expanded Himself in varieties of calves and cowherd boys and continued His pastimes uninterrupted for one year. As stated in Bhagavad-gita, Krsna’s expansion is situated in everyone’s heart as the Supersoul. Similarly, instead of expanding Himself as the Supersoul, He expanded Himself as a portion of calves and cowherd boys for one continuous year.
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