payamsi yasam apibat
tasam aviratam krsne
na punah kalpate rajan
payamsi—milk (coming from the body); yasam—of all of whom; apibat—Lord Krsna drank; putra-sneha-snutani—that milk coming from the bodies of the gopis, not artificially but because of maternal affection; alam—sufficiently; bhagavan—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; devaki-putrah—who appeared as the son of Devaki; kaivalya-adi—like liberation or merging into the Brahman effulgence; akhila-pradah—the bestower of all similar blessings; tasam—of all of them (of all the gopis); aviratam—constantly; krsne—unto Lord Krsna; kurvatinam—making; suta-iksanam—as a mother looks upon her child; na—never; punah—again; kalpate—can be imagined; rajan—O King Pariksit; samsarah—the material bondage of birth and death; ajnana-sambhavah—which is to be accepted by foolish persons ignorantly trying to become happy.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, is the bestower of many benedictions, including liberation [kaivalya], or oneness with the Brahman effulgence. For that Personality of Godhead, the gopis always felt maternal love, and Krsna sucked their breasts with full satisfaction. Therefore, because of their relationship as mother and son, although the gopis were engaged in various family activities, one should never think that they returned to this material world after leaving their bodies.
The advantage of Krsna consciousness is described herein. Krsna consciousness gradually develops on the transcendental platform. One may think of Krsna as the supreme personality, one may think of Krsna as the supreme master, one may think of Krsna as the supreme friend, one may think of Krsna as the supreme son, or one may think of Krsna as the supreme conjugal lover. If one is connected with Krsna in any of these transcendental relationships, the course of one’s material life is understood to have already ended. As confirmed in Bhagavad-gita (4.9), tyaktva deham punar janma naiti mam eti: for such devotees, going back home, back to Godhead, is guaranteed. Na punah kalpate rajan samsaro jnana-sambhavah. This verse also guarantees that devotees who constantly think of Krsna in a particular relationship will never return to this material world. In this material world of samsara, there are the same relationships. One thinks, “Here is my son,” “Here is my wife,” “Here is my lover,” or “Here is my friend.” But these relationships are temporary illusions. Ajnana-sambhavah: such a consciousness awakens in ignorance. But when the same relationships awaken in Krsna consciousness, one’s spiritual life is revived, and one is guaranteed to return home, back to Godhead. Even though the gopis who were friends of Rohini and mother Yasoda and who allowed their breasts to be sucked by Krsna were not directly Krsna’s mothers, they all had the same chance as Rohini and Yasoda to go back to Godhead and act as Krsna’s mothers-in-law, servants and so on. The word samsara refers to attachment for one’s body, home, husband or wife, and children, but although the gopis and all the other inhabitants of Vrndavana had the same affection and attachment for husband and home, their central affection was for Krsna in some transcendental relationship, and therefore they were guaranteed to be promoted to Goloka Vrndavana in the next life, to live with Krsna eternally in spiritual happiness. The easiest way to attain spiritual elevation, to be liberated from this material world, and to go back home, back to Godhead, is recommended by Bhaktivinoda Thakura: krsnera samsara kara chadi’ anacara. One should give up all sinful activities and remain in the family of Krsna. Then one’s liberation is guaranteed.
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