srir yat padambuja-rajas cakame tulasya
labdhvapi vaksasi padam kila bhrtya-justam
yasyah sva-viksana utanya-sura-prayasas
tadvad vayam ca tava pada-rajah prapannah
Goddess Laksmi, whose glance is sought after by the demigods with great endeavor, has achieved the unique position of always remaining on the chest of her Lord, Narayana. Still, she desires the dust of His lotus feet, even though she has to share that dust with Tulasi-devi and indeed with the Lord’s many other servants. Similarly, we have approached the dust of Your lotus feet for shelter.
The gopis here point out that the dust of the Lord’s feet is so ecstatic and enlivening that the goddess of fortune wants to abandon her unique position on His chest to share with many other devotees a position at His feet. Thus the gopis urge Lord Krsna not to be guilty of a double standard. Since the Lord gave the goddess of fortune a place on His chest and also allowed her to seek the dust of His lotus feet, Krsna should certainly give the same opportunity to His most loving devotees, the gopis. “After all” the gopis plead, “seeking the dust of Your lotus feet is perfectly justified, and You should encourage us in this endeavor and not try to send us away.”