वपनं श्मश्रुकेशानां वैरूप्यं सुहृदो वध: ॥ ३७ ॥
vairūpyaṁ suhṛdo vadhaḥ
[Lord Balarāma said:] My dear Kṛṣṇa, You have acted improperly! This deed will bring shame on Us, for to disfigure a close relative by shaving off his mustache and hair is as good as killing him.
Omniscient Balarāma knew that Rukmī was the guilty party, but to encourage the lamenting Rukmiṇī He decided to gently reproach Śrī Kṛṣṇa