|Canto 10: The Summum Bonum||Chapter 21: The Gopīs Glorify the Song of Kṛṣṇa's Flute|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.21.8
madhye virejatur alaḿ paśu-pāla-goṣṭhyāḿ
rańge yathā naṭa-varau kvaca gāyamānau
cūta — of a mango tree; pravāla — with young sprouts; barha — peacock feathers; stabaka — bunches of flowers; utpala — lotuses; abja — and lilies; mālā — with garlands; anupṛkta — touched; paridhāna — Their garments; vicitra — with great variety; veśau — being dressed; madhye — in the midst; virejatuḥ — the two of Them shone forth; alam — magnificently; paśu-pāla — of the cowherd boys; goṣṭhyām — within the assembly; rańge — upon a stage; yathā — just as; naṭa-varau — two most excellent dancers; kvaca — sometimes; gāyamānau — Themselves singing.
Dressed in a charming variety of garments, upon which Their garlands rest, and decorating Themselves with peacock feathers, lotuses, lilies, newly grown mango sprouts and clusters of flower buds, Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma shine forth magnificently among the assembly of cowherd boys. They look just like the best of dancers appearing on a dramatic stage, and sometimes They sing.
The gopīs continue singing their ecstatic song as they remember the pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa. The gopīs wanted to go to the forest where Kṛṣṇa was performing His pastimes and, while remaining concealed, peer through the leaves of the creepers and see the wonder of Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma dancing and singing with Their boyfriends. This was their desire, but because they could not go, they sang this song in ecstatic love.
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