The Nectar of Devotion – CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT – FALTERING OF THE VOICE

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FALTERING OF THE VOICE

When Kṛṣṇa was going to Mathurā on the chariot driven by Akrūra, Yaśodā and all the gopīs came to try to forbid Him to pass and to block His way. At that time Rādhārāṇī was so perturbed that in a faltering voice She requested mother Yaśodā to please stop Akrūra.

Faltering of the voice resulting from wonder was exhibited by Brahmā. It is said in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Tenth Canto, thirteenth chapter, verse 64 that after bowing down before Lord Kṛṣṇa, when Brahmā began to rise he prayed to the Lord in a faltering voice.

In the Tenth Canto, twenty-ninth chapter, verse 30, another example of faltering of the voice was exhibited by the gopīs when they came to Kṛṣṇa, desiring to dance with Him. Kṛṣṇa asked them to go back to their husbands and homes. The gopīs apparently became very angry and began to talk to Kṛṣṇa with faltering voices.

In the Tenth Canto, thirty-ninth chapter, verses 56 and 57 of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, a faltering voice due to jubilation was exhibited by Akrūra when he was shown all of the Vaikuṇṭha planets resting within the river Yamunā. When Akrūra understood that Kṛṣṇa was the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he bowed his head to Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet and with folded hands began to pray in a faltering voice.

There are also examples of faltering of the voice caused by fearfulness. One of Kṛṣṇa’s friends praised Him thus: “My dear friend, Your flute was given to Your servant Patrī, and when I asked him to return it he began speaking in a faltering voice and his complexion became yellow.”

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