SB 1.10 - The gopīs are superior to the queens

The ladies of Hastināpura continued saying that the wives of the Lord must have undergone various austerities to constantly relish the nectar from His lips. The damsels of Vraja would often faint just by expecting such favors. This shows that the gopīs were superior to the wives because they faint merely by contemplating an affectionate exchange with Kṛṣṇa. Religious rites are meant to purify the mundane qualities of the conditioned souls to enable them to be gradually promoted to the stage of rendering loving service unto the Supreme Lord. There are five ways a perfected soul can render service, one of which is mādhurya-rasa. The Lord, fully self satisfied, becomes a master, a friend, a son or a husband to fulfill the intense love of the devotee concerned. Here the ladies talk about both the svakīya relationship of the wives, and the parakīya relationship of the gopīs. The wives and the gopīs must have undergone severe penances to attain the Lord. The wives were much superior to the ladies who were speaking despite the good qualities of the ladies. But they were much inferior to the women of Vraja. The minds of the gopīs were absorbed in the sweetness of Kṛṣṇa’s lips and they fainted in bliss by remembering that sweetness in the morning. What kind of condition they attained on actually drinking that nectar at night, one never knows!