प्रेत्यागतमिवोत्सुक्यादैक्षन्त तृषितेक्षणा: ॥ ५४ ॥
śrutvā — after hearing; tat — these incidents; vismitāḥ — being struck with wonder; gopāḥ — the cowherd men; gopyaḥ ca — and their respective wives; ati-priya-ādṛtāḥ — received the news with great transcendental pleasure; pretya āgatam iva — thought that it was as if the boys had returned from death; utsukyāt — with great eagerness; aikṣanta — began to look upon the boys; tṛṣita-īkṣaṇāḥ — with full satisfaction, they did not want to turn their eyes from Kṛṣṇa and the boys.
When the cowherd men and women heard about the killing of Bakāsura in the forest, they were very much astonished. Upon seeing Kṛṣṇa and hearing the story, they received Kṛṣṇa very eagerly, thinking that Kṛṣṇa and the other boys had returned from the mouth of death. Thus they looked upon Kṛṣṇa and the boys with silent eyes, not wanting to turn their eyes aside now that the boys were safe.
Because of intense love for Kṛṣṇa, the cowherd men and women simply remained silent, thinking of how Kṛṣṇa and the boys had been saved. The cowherd men and women looked upon Kṛṣṇa and the boys and did not desire to turn their eyes aside.