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SB 8.15.17

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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



TEXT 17

yatra nitya-vayo-rūpāḥ
śyāmā viraja-vāsasaḥ
bhrājante rūpavan-nāryo
hy arcirbhir iva vahnayaḥ


SYNONYMS

yatra—in that city; nitya-vayaḥ-rūpāḥ—who were ever beautiful and young; śyāmāḥ—possessing the quality of śyāmā; viraja-vāsasaḥ—always dressed with clean garments; bhrājante—glitter; rūpa-vat—well decorated; nāryaḥ—women; hi—certainly; arcirbhiḥ—with many flames; iva—like; vahnayaḥ—fires.


TRANSLATION

Everlastingly beautiful and youthful women, who were dressed with clean garments, glittered in the city like fires with flames. They all possessed the quality of śyāmā.


PURPORT

Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura gives a hint of the quality of the śyāmā woman.

śīta-kāle bhaved uṣṇā
uṣma-kāle suśītalāḥ
stanau sukaṭhinau yāsāṁ
tāḥ śyāmāḥ parikīrtitāḥ

A woman whose body is very warm during the winter and cool during the summer and who generally has very firm breasts is called śyāmā.



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