Gopis Not Named in Srimad Bhagavatam

Sometimes one wonders why the names of the Gopis do not appear in Srimad Bhagavatam. Even Radharani’s name is mentioned only indirectly. The following reason is given by Maharja Pariksit in his instructions to Mother Uttara: “The gopis were consumed by the expansive flames of the wondrous blazing fire of love for Krsna. If my guru chants the names of these gopis and recalls a gopi’s distinguishing qualities, he too is touched by sparks shooting forth from the flames of this intense fire, and he at once becomes greatly agitated. Therefore he has to avoid pronouncing the gopis’ names.” (Brhad Bhagavatamrta, Chapter 7, “PURNA: The Complete PERFECTION,” Text 158)