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Gopis Embracing Tamal Trees

Hari Krishna, 

Please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Can someone please kindly share a bonafide link or the complete pastime from an authentic quoted source of when Aristasura came into Vrindavan and the Gopis ran to cling to the Tamal trees, in remberance of Krsna at that fearful time. 
Thankyou so much, Hari Krishna. 🙏🏼


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  • dukulam bibhrano dalita-haritala-dyuti-bharam
    tamala-shyamango dara-hasita-lilancita-mukhah
    paranandabhogah sphuratu hridi me ko ‘pi purushah

    May a certain blissful person in splendid yellow silk garments, the soles of His lotus feet glorious as a host of red roses, His form dark as a tamala tree, and His mouth playfully curved in a gentle smile, appear in my heart.

    Hare Krishna.

  • Hare Krishna,

    Many leelas of vrindavan are not described in Srimad Bhagwatam. As the katha had to be told in 7 days to King Parikshta. and also as and when Vrindavan leelas and gopi's thought came into the mind of Shri Shukdev goswami ji.. he was going into trance and so he tried to avoid those parts and tried to just describe main leelas without entering into gopi pastimes.

    Tamala trees as we know they local name is Bay leaf the cinammom leaf which we use in making vegetable biryani and pulav's.. The tree has typical hue.. its bark is not brown or not black it is covered with a white coating. even the leaves are dark in nature. Dark green.. not normal green more like dark black mixed with green color. Tamala in Sanskrit means BLACK.

    The name of the tree itself is an indicator that its black.

    Black which glows in the dark becoz of the shiny nature of the coating on the leaf and trees.. giving it bluish hue.

    When Aristasura attacked the gopis took shelter of the dark black Tamala trees. Becoz ..Black mean Krishna.

    The gopi's were so in love and surrendered to Krishna that everything they saw as krishna Himself.

    When they swam in the Yamuna river they thought it was black in color so it is Krishna only.

    Whatever their talks imaginations all were about Krishna with Krishna .. even when they are in fear.. they take shelter of Krishna.

    ( Tamala in Sanskrit means black).


  • Thankyou, yes correct the Aristasura pastime is in 10.36, but no mention of Gopi's embracing Tamal trees 🤔

  • Hare Krishna,

    I have not read this chapter personally but looks like this pastime is described in SBB 10.36.

    Would love to have someone mention a specific source or description for this query of yours.




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