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From: Vaide Venkatakrishnan (vv_at_grove.ufl.EDU)
Date: Tue May 30 1995 - 08:35:23 PDT
I thought the reference was to Mahalakshmi. Here's why: In Thiruppavai, Andal says: nNappiNnNnai nNaNGkaay thiruvE thuyilezhaay ----------------- ukkamum thattoLiyunN thanNthuvuNn maNaaLaNnai ippothE emmai nNeeraattElOr empaavaai. -there is a story which goes to say the gopikas are none other than great sages who ardently worshipped Mahavishnu and longed to be with Him. Lord Vishnu granted that in His incarnation as Krishna, they would be born as Gopikas and will be able to fulfill their wishes. Every gopika is supposed to be so mesmerized by his flute that she comes out regardless of the state of the household chore or even the state of her dress to join Him and listen and dance with Him; and Krishna took several forms of himself that every gopika was happy that Krishna was dancing with her! --- Vaidehi V.