|Canto 10: The Summum Bonum||Chapter 15: The Killing of Dhenuka, the Ass Demon|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.15.27
evaḿ suhṛd-vacaḥ śrutvā
prahasya jagmatur gopair
vṛtau tālavanaḿ prabhū
evam — thus; suhṛt — of Their friends; vacaḥ — the words; śrutvā — hearing; suhṛt — to Their friends; priya — pleasure; cikīrṣayā — desiring to give; prahasya — laughing; jagmatuḥ — the two of Them went; gopaiḥ — by the cowherd boys; vṛtau — surrounded; tāla-vanam — to the Tāla forest; prabhū — the two Lords.
Hearing the words of Their dear companions, Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma laughed and, desiring to please them, set off for the Tālavana surrounded by Their cowherd boyfriends.
Lord Kṛṣṇa was thinking, "How can a mere ass be so formidable?" And thus He smiled at the petition of His boyfriends. As stated by Lord Kapila in the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (3.28.32), hāsaḿ harer avanatākhila-loka-tīvra-śokāśru-sāgara-viśoṣaṇam aty-udāram: "The smile and laughter of the Supreme Lord Hari is most magnanimous. Indeed, for those who bow down to the Lord, His smile and laughter dry up the ocean of tears caused by the intense suffering of this world." Thus, to encourage Their boyfriends, Lord Kṛṣṇa and Lord Balarāma smiled, laughed and immediately set out with them for the Tāla forest.
Copyright © The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, Founder Ācārya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
His Holiness Hrdayananda dasa Goswami
Gopiparanadhana dasa Adhikari
Dravida dasa Brahmacari