TEXT 8
krsnasya visvak puru-raji-mandalair
abhyananah phulla-drso vrajarbhakah
sahopavista vipine virejus
chada yathambhoruha-karnikayah
SYNONYMS
krsnasya visvak—surrounding Krsna; puru-raji-mandalaih—by different encirclements of associates; abhyananah—everyone looking forward to the center, where Krsna was sitting; phulla-drsah—their faces looking very bright because of transcendental pleasure; vraja-arbhakah—all the cowherd boys of Vrajabhumi; saha-upavistah—sitting with Krsna; vipine—in the forest; virejuh—so nicely and beautifully made; chadah—petals and leaves; yatha—just as; ambhoruha—of a lotus flower; karnikayah—of the whorl.
TRANSLATION
Like the whorl of a lotus flower surrounded by its petals and leaves, Krsna sat in the center, encircled by lines of His friends, who all looked very beautiful. Every one of them was trying to look forward toward Krsna, thinking that Krsna might look toward him. In this way they all enjoyed their lunch in the forest.
PURPORT
To a pure devotee, Krsna is always visible, as stated in the Brahma samhita (santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti) and as indicated by Krsna Himself in Bhagavad-gita (sarvatah pani-padam tat sarvato ksi-siro-mukham). If by accumulating pious activities (krta-punya-punjah) one is raised to the platform of pure devotional service, Krsna is always visible in the core of ones heart. One who has attained such perfection is all-beautiful in transcendental bliss. The present Krsna consciousness movement is an attempt to keep Krsna in the center, for if this is done all activities will automatically become beautiful and blissful.

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