One gopī, expressing herself to Kṛṣṇa, says: "When we meet You at night, we consider the duration of night to be very small. And why speak of only this night? Even if we had a night of Brahmā* we would consider it a very short time!" We get an idea of Brahmā's day from the following statement of the Bhagavad-gītā: "By human calculation, a thousand yuga cycles taken together is Brahmā's one day. And such also is the duration of his night." (BG 8.17) The gopīs said that even if they could have that duration of night, it would still not be sufficient for their meeting with Kṛṣṇa.
- 4,300,000,000 solar years equals twelve hours, or one night, of Brahmā.
62. Kṛṣṇa's Attractive Flute
In the Tenth Canto, 35th Chapter, 8th verse of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, the gopīs tell Mother Yaśodā, "When your son plays on His flute, Lord Śiva, Lord Brahmā and Indra—although they are supposed to be the greatest learned scholars and personalities—all become bewildered. Although they are all very great personalities, by hearing the sound of Kṛṣṇa's flute they humbly bow down and become grave from studying the sound vibrated."
In his book Vidagdha-mādhava, Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī thus describes the vibration of Kṛṣṇa's flute: "The sound vibration created by the flute of Kṛṣṇa wonderfully stopped Lord Śiva from playing his ḍiṇḍima drum, and the same flute has caused great sages like the four Kumāras to become disturbed in their meditation. It has caused Lord Brahmā, who was sitting on the lotus flower for the creative function, to become astonished. And Anantadeva, who was calmly holding all the planets on his hood, was moving in this way and that due to the transcendental vibration from Kṛṣṇa's flute, which penetrated through the covering of this universe and reached to the spiritual sky."
63. Kṛṣṇa is Surrounded by Loving Devotees
When we speak of Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa is not alone. Kṛṣṇa means His name, His qualities, His fame, His friends, His paraphernalia, His entourage—all of these are included. When we speak of a king, it is to be understood that he is surrounded by ministers, secretaries, military commanders and many other people. Similarly, Kṛṣṇa is not impersonal. In His Vṛndāvana līlā especially, He is surrounded by the gopīs, the cowherd boys, His father, His mother and all the inhabitants of Vṛndāvana.