Canto 10: The Summum BonumChapter 47: The Song of the Bee

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 10.47.3

taḿ praśrayeṇāvanatāḥ su-sat-kṛtaḿ


rahasy apṛcchann upaviṣṭam āsane

vijñāya sandeśa-haraḿ ramā-pateḥ


tam — him, Uddhava; praśrayeṇa — with humility; avanatāḥ — bowed down (the gopīs); su — properly; sat-kṛtam — honored; sa-vrīḍa — with shyness; hāsa — and smiling; īkṣaṇa — by their glances; sūnṛta — pleasing words; ādibhiḥ — and so forth; rahasiin a secluded place; apṛcchan — they inquired; upaviṣṭam — who was seated; āsane — on a cushion; vijñāya — understanding him to be; sandeśa-haram — the message carrier; ramā-pateḥ — of the master of the goddess of fortune.


Bowing their heads in humility, the gopīs duly honored Uddhava with their shy, smiling glances and pleasing words. They took him to a quiet place, seated him comfortably and began to question him, for they recognized him to be a messenger from Kṛṣṇa, the master of the goddess of fortune.


The chaste gopīs were enlivened to see that a messenger had come from Kṛṣṇa. As Uddhava will discover during his stay in Vṛndāvana, the unique gopīs could not think of anything but their beloved Kṛṣṇa.

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