Why were the gopis envious of the deer?

Hare Krishna

Although the deer are dumb animals, they have approached the son of Maharaja Nanda, Krsna.

Not only they are attracted by the dress of Krsna and Balarama, but as soon as they hear the playing of the flute, the deer, along with their husbands, offer respectful obeisances unto the Lord by looking at Him with great affection.

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  • Hare Krishna,

    Nice work of enlightening us with us topics which have been read but forgotten. This made me revisit the page in SB Canto 10.


    The Gopīs Glorify the Song of Kṛṣṇa’s Flute

    Text 11: Blessed are all these foolish deer because they have approached Mahārāja Nanda’s son, who is gorgeously dressed and is playing on His flute. Indeed, both the doe and the bucks worship the Lord with looks of love and affection.


    This translation is quoted from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Caitanya-caritāmṛta (Madhya-līlā 17.36).

    According to the ācāryas, the gopīs were thinking as follows: “The female deer can approach Kṛṣṇa along with their husbands because Kṛṣṇa is the ultimate object of affection for the male deer. Because of their affection for Kṛṣṇa, they are encouraged by seeing their wives attracted to Him and thus consider their household lives fortunate. Indeed, they become joyful upon seeing how their wives are searching after Kṛṣṇa, and, following along, they urge their wives to go to the Lord. On the other hand, our husbands are jealous of Kṛṣṇa, and because of their lack of devotion to Him they cannot even stand to smell His fragrance. Therefore what is the use of our lives?”

    Thanks for making me read this part.

    Hare Krishna.

    ŚB 10.21.11
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