तथानुगृह्य भगवान् गोपीनां स गुरुर्गति: ।
युधिष्ठिरमथापृच्छत् सर्वांश्च सुहृदोऽव्ययम् ॥ १ ॥
gopīnāṁ sa gurur gatiḥ
sarvāṁś ca suhṛdo ’vyayam
śrī-śukaḥ uvāca — Śukadeva Gosvāmī said; tathā — in this way; anugṛhya — showing favor; bhagavān — the Supreme Lord; gopīnām — of the young cowherd women; saḥ — He; guruḥ — their spiritual master; gatiḥ — and goal; yudhiṣṭhiram — from Yudhiṣṭhira; atha — then; apṛcchat — He inquired; sarvān — all; ca — and; su-hṛdaḥ — His well-wishing relatives; avyayam — welfare.
Śukadeva Gosvāmī said: Thus Lord Kṛṣṇa, the spiritual master of the gopīs and the very purpose of their life, showed them His mercy. He then met with Yudhiṣṭhira and all His other relatives and inquired from them about their welfare.
The words gurur gatiḥ have been translated here in their usual sense: “spiritual master and goal.” Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī, however, points out an additional meaning: While Lord Kṛṣṇa is the goal for all sādhus in general, for the gopīs specifically He is that goal which is guru, “predominant,” in the sense of completely eclipsing the significance of all other possible goals.