“Being conscious, Brahma immediately looked everywhere around him. He saw Sri Vrindaban Dham, which was filled with consciousness-reviving trees and things which please everyone eternally.”

sapady evabhitah pasyan
diso ‘pasyat purah-sthitam
vrndavanam janajivya
drumakirnam sama-priyam


The word apasyat is connected to Vrindaban, which signifies that Brahma saw Vrindaban with his right mind and senses. It also implies that when Brahma came to steal the calves he did not see Vrindaban in its proper prospective. One may then ask, what was wrong with Brahma that he was not able to see Sri Vrindaban Dham correctly? To answer this, Sri Sukadeva Goswami uses the word janajivy to explain that Brahma was previously so filled with pride that he was unable to see that all the trees of Vrindaban were desire-fulfilling trees. Unless one is spiritually very advanced, he cannot see Vrindaban as it really exists, because Vrindaban is transcendental and the eyes are material. Therefore, one has to see Vrindaban with his transcendental vision. Such vision is acquired when one embraces spiritual life seriously. One cannot simply purchase a ticket and travel to Vrindaban to see it, because when one reaches Vrindaban without achieving proper spiritual advancement, he will simply complain about everything, and, thus, commit offense to the Holy Dham (transcendental land) of the Lord. Therefore, one must be very careful when dealing with the Lord’s residence.

The word samapriyam is very important in this verse. It refers to the two things dearest to Krsna’s heart—Srimati Radharani, His consort, and Sri Vrindaban Dham, His residence. This word is defined in the Vyakarana Sastra thus: sa brahma ma radha tasyah priyo haris tena saheti samapriyam, “The word samapriyam when divided grammatically ; sa stands for Brahma, ma stands for Srimati Radharani, and priyam stands for those whose dear Lord is Krsna. Therefore, the meaning here is that Lord Brahma saw Lord Sri Krsna, who is very dear to Srimati Radharani, in Vrindaban Dham.” Vrindaban is eternally pleasing to Lord Krsna’s devotees because Lord Krsna always resides there. When the residents of Vrindaban meet, they greet each other with “Jai Sri Radhe,” or “Radhe Syam,” which means that they glorify the Lord and His consort, Srimati Radharani, eternally.

[Srimad Bhagavatam, 10.13.59, KBS0058]