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SB 1.11 - The queens' dealings with Kṛṣṇa

The queens seeing the Lord first gave up their seats to embrace the Lord, using the body. They then noticed an obstacle in the form of their bashfulness. They therefore gave up their minds and embraced Him with their souls. Seeing their beloved, suddenly they fainted out of bliss of prema arising from the desire to touch Him, because in fainting as with deep sleep and loss of consciousness, there is no obstruction of the mind. In the absence of the husband, a wife should not decorate her body nor take part in any social functions and should not go to other houses. The queens rose along with these vratas they were observing. Though it was improper for them to be seen by their husband in a state of vrata (like not being decorated), because they could not suddenly give up those vratas, they rose along with their vratas. Seeing them in an unkempt state because of separation, Kṛṣṇa became more affectionate to them.

The queens embraced Kṛṣṇa with their eyes filled with desire. Having Him enter within their eyes, they embraced Him with their subtle body in the innermost recesses of their hearts. They also sent their sons to embrace Him which was as good as they personally embracing Him. But seeing their clever husband understood what they were doing, they became embarrassed, and though they stopped the tears flowing in their eyes, some tears flowed anyway beyond their control.

Although Kṛṣṇa was constantly by their sides as well as exclusively alone, His feet appeared to them to be newer and newer. If Lakṣmī who is fickle in nature, finds those feet ever fresh, then what to speak of anyone else being able to give them up. In the material realm the big empires and the powerful kings are all liquidated gradually by time. But in the spiritual world, the Lord is served by hundreds and thousands of goddesses of fortune but still the association of the Lord is inspiringly new that they cannot quit the Lord even for a moment.

In order to express the unimpeded nature of His love for the queens, another type of activity lacking that excitement is described. Just as wind produces fire by rubbing the bamboos together and then destroys them by burning, the Lord without weapons, by creating enmity between kings, destroyed them by having them kill each other.