Gopi Geet (Gopi Gita) is part of Srimad Bhagavat. It is contained in the first half of book ten, chapter 31, verses 1 to 19 of Bhagavat Purana.
In these nineteen tender verses, Gopis, female consort of Lord Krishna, narrates his glory at the time of his disappearance during the Rāsa play. Sri Krishna planned Rāsa lilā (Rāsa -a popular dance carried out by men and women together in circle and lilā - a divine play) to lift Gopis' to a higher spiritual state. However, Lord Krishna was perturbed by the introvert pursuit of Gopis and in order to teach them a lesson, he disappeared deep into the forest.
When Gopis did not find Krishna, they became breathless. Bemused Gopis' looked all over, but in vain. Then, with their body, mind and soul in unison with Krishna's memories, they arrived at the banks of river Yamuna. Immersed in his unfathomable love and earnestly longing for his heavenly vision, Gopis' started singing the glory of his divine grace and the very tunes became known as Gopi Geet - cries for Krishna.
"O beloved! please reveal Yourself and see how your sweethearts, who have centered their life around you, are longing for you... You have saved us time and again from death through poisonous water, from the clutches of demon disguised as a snake and in the form of a calf, from showers and storm, from strokes of lightning, from all sort of menaces... We believe that You are not merely son of a cowherd woman but essence of all embodied souls... You have manifested for the protection of the universe... O beloved, Our mind grows uneasy thinking about your lotus-feet getting pricked with blades of grass and sprouts when You go out pasturing the cattle... Our minds are infatuated and we are longing to be one with You. Please appear before us."
Shri Yogeshwarji, noted Gujarati saint and literate, translated these exquisitely crafted part of Bhagavat into an easy to understand language for the benefit of Gujarati people.
Year 2003 marked the release of 'Pooja Na Phool', an audio album by legendary Gujarati singer duo - Asit and Hema Desai. 'Pooja Na Phool' contains Shri Yogeshwarji's poetic rendering of Gopi Geet in Gujarati language. With their enchanting voice and spellbound music, they made it immortal. Extraordinary in composition and full of divine meaning, Gopi Geet is a feast to ears.
The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.