स्वागतं वो महाभागा: प्रियं किं करवाणि व: । व्रजस्यानामयं कच्चिद् ब्रूतागमनकारणम् ॥ १८ ॥
svāgataṁ vo mahā-bhāgāḥ
priyaṁ kiṁ karavāṇi vaḥ
śrī-bhagavān uvāca — the Supreme Personality of Godhead said; su-āgatam — welcome; vaḥ — to you; mahā-bhāgāḥ — O most fortunate ladies; priyam — pleasing; kim — what; karavāṇi — may I do; vaḥ — for you; vrajasya — of Vraja; anāmayam — the well-being; kaccit — whether; brūta — please tell; āgamana — for your coming; kāraṇam — the reason.
Lord Kṛṣṇa said: O most fortunate ladies, welcome. What may I do to please you? Is everything well in Vraja? Please tell Me the reason for your coming here.
Lord Kṛṣṇa knew perfectly well why the gopīs had come. In fact, He had called them with the romantic melodies of His flute. So Kṛṣṇa was simply teasing the gopīs by asking them, “Why have you come here so quickly? Is something wrong in town? Why have you come here, anyway? What do you want?”
The gopīs were Kṛṣṇa’s young lovers, and therefore these questions certainly bewildered them, for they had responded to Kṛṣṇa’s call with the simple mentality of enjoying conjugal love with Him.