विद्राव्य शार्ङ्गनिनदेन जहर्थ मां त्वम् ।
सिंहो यथा स्वबलिमीश पशून् स्वभागं
तेभ्यो भयाद् यदुदधिं शरणं प्रपन्न: ॥ ४० ॥
vidrāvya śārṅga-ninadena jahartha māṁ tvam
siṁho yathā sva-balim īśa paśūn sva-bhāgaṁ
tebhyo bhayād yad udadhiṁ śaraṇaṁ prapannaḥ
jāḍyam — foolishness; vacaḥ — words; tava — Your; gadāgraja — O Gadāgraja; yaḥ — who; tu — even; bhū-pān — the kings; vidrāvya — driving away; śārṅga — of Śārṅga, Your bow; ninadena — by the resounding; jahartha — took away; mām — me; tvam — You; siṁhaḥ — a lion; yathā — as; sva — Your own; balim — tribute; īśa — O Lord; paśūn — animals; sva-bhāgam — his own share; tebhyaḥ — of them; bhayāt — out of fear; yat — that; udadhim — of the ocean; śaraṇaṁ-prapannaḥ — took shelter.
My Lord, as a lion drives away lesser animals to claim his proper tribute, You drove off the assembled kings with the resounding twang of Your Śārṅga bow and then claimed me, Your fair share. Thus it is sheer foolishness, my dear Gadāgraja, for You to say You took shelter in the ocean out of fear of those kings.
In text 12 of this chapter Lord Kṛṣṇa said, rājabhyo bibhyataḥ su-bhru samudraṁ śaranaṁ gatān: “Terrified of those kings, We went to the ocean for shelter.” According to the ācāryas, Lord Kṛṣṇa finally provoked Rukmiṇī’s anger by glorifying other men who might have been her husband, and thus in an agitated mood she here tells Him that she is not ignorant but rather that He has spoken foolishly. She states, “Like a lion You abducted me in the presence of those kings and drove them away with Your Śārṅga bow, so it is simply foolishness to say that out of fear of those same kings You went to the ocean.” According to Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī, as Queen Rukmiṇī spoke these words she frowned and cast angry sidelong glances at the Lord.