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CC Adi 14.69

His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada


saṅkalpo viditaḥ sādhvyo
bhavatīnāṁ mad-arcanam
mayānumoditaḥ so ‘sau
satyo bhavitum arhati


saṅkalpaḥ — desire; viditaḥ — has been understood; sādhvyaḥ — O all of you chaste ladies; bhavatīnām — of all of you; mat-arcanam — for worshiping Me; mayā — by Me; anumoditaḥ — accepted; saḥ — that; asau — that determination or desire; satyaḥ — successful; bhavitum — to become; arhati — deserves.


“‘My dear gopīs, I accept your desire to have Me as your husband and thus worship Me. I wish your desire to be fulfilled because it deserves to be so.’”


The gopīs, the girlfriends of Kṛṣṇa, were almost of the same age as He. Within their minds they desired that Kṛṣṇa be their husband, but because of feminine bashfulness they could not express their desire. Therefore later on, after stealing their garments, Kṛṣṇa informed them, “I immediately understood your desire and approved of it. Because I have now stolen your garments, you have presented yourselves before Me completely naked, which means that I have accepted all of you as My wives.” Sometimes foolish rascals, not knowing the purpose of the Lord or the purpose of the gopīs, unnecessarily criticize from their own angle of vision, but the real purpose of vastra-haraṇa is expressed by the Lord in this verse.