TEXT 16
tac chrutvā bhagavān rāmo
rundhann api dhiyā śucaḥ
smaraṁs tasyā guṇāṁs tāṁs tān
nāśaknod roddhum īśvaraḥ
SYNONYMS
tat—this (the news of Sītādevī’s entering the earth); śrutvā—hearing; bhagavān—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; rāmaḥ—Lord Rāmacandra; rundhan—trying to reject; api—although; dhiyā—by intelligence; śucaḥ—grief; smaran—remembering; tasyāḥ—of her; guṇān—qualities; tān tān—under different circumstances; na—not; aśaknot—was able; roddhum—to check; īśvaraḥ—although the supreme controller.
TRANSLATION
After hearing the news of mother Sītā’s entering the earth, the Supreme Personality of Godhead was certainly aggrieved. Although He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, upon remembering the exalted qualities of mother Sītā, He could not check His grief in transcendental love.
PURPORT
Lord Rāmacandra’s grief at the news of Sītādevī’s entering the earth is not to be considered material. In the spiritual world also there are feelings of separation, but such feelings are considered spiritual bliss. Grief in separation exists even in the Absolute, but such feelings of separation in the spiritual world are transcendentally blissful. Such feelings are a sign of tasya prema-vaśyatva-svabhāva, being under the influence of hlādinī-śakti and being controlled by love. In the material world such feelings of separation are only a perverted reflection.

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