As the gopis searched for Krsna, all they remembered were His virtues and His pastimes with them. Whereas we think mostly of our material comforts and are capable of forgetting bhakti, they are just the opposite. We should endeavor to become like the eternal associates of Sri Caitanya Mahåprabhu, such as Srila Madhavendra Puri, who would go days without eating or even begging and was always absorbed in remembrance of Krsna.

As our bhakti increases, we will forget more and more the demands of our bodies and our bodily relations, and this remembrance will also increase. Krsna had left the gopis, but they never thought, “Krsna is so cruel because He has left us!” Otherwise they would have given up searching for Him and returned home, but they didn’t do that. They continued searching for Him, and they began singing in glorification of His virtues, especially His kindness.

Bhakti Rasayana, page 93
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