Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Dec 25, CANADA (SUN)
Description of the Birth of Lord Balarama
bhitah palayate nayam
Frightened Vasudeva could not flee, for ten thousand armed soldiers sent by Kamsa surrounded Vasudeva's palace.
saurih kalena devakyam
ashtau putran ajijanat
anuvarsham catha kanyam
ekam mayam sanatanim
In the course of time, year after year, Vasudeva begat in
Devaki eight sons and a daughter who was the eternal goddess
kirtimantam sutam hy adau
nitva kamsa-sabham etya
dadau tasmai parartha-vit
Vasudeva, who knew the ultimate goal of life, went to
Kamsa's assembly and offered his first son Kirrtiman.
drishtva kamso ghrini tv abhut
duhkham sadhur na sahate
satye kasya kshama na hi
Seeing that Vasudeva had kept his promise and his word was
true, Kamsa became softened with kindness. In truth, what
suffering will a saint not bear? What will he not tolerate?
esha balo yatu griham
etasman na hi me bhayam
yuvayor ashtamam garbham
hanishyami na samsayah
Kamsa said: This child may go home. I do not fear him. I
will kill your eighth son. Of this there is no doubt.
ity ukto vasudevas tu
sa-putro griham agatah
satyam namanyata manag
vakyam tasya duratmanah
Sri Narada said: Told this, Vasudeva went home with his son.
However, he did not think the demon would make his words true.
tadambarad agatam mam
pravocam tam nibodha me
Then I came there from the sky. Kamsa bowed before me,
worshiped me, and asked me about the demigods' plans. I said to
him, "Learn this from me.
nandadya vasavah sarve
gopyo veda-ricadyas ca
santi bhumau nripesvara
"O king of kings, all the Vasus have become the
people that have Nanda as their leader. The suras have become the
people that have Vrishabhanu as their leader. A group that has the
Vedic hymns as its leader has become gopis. They are all now on
mathurayam ca vrishnayah
devaky-adyah striyah sarva
devatah santi niscayah
"The devas have become the Vrishnis headed by Vasudeva
and all the demigoddesses have become their wives, headed by
ashtamah sarva eva hi
te hantuh sankhyayayam vai
devanam vamato gatih
"Depending on how they are counted, any of
Vasudeva's sons can be the eighth one. Any of them can be the one
that will kill you. That is the crookedness of the demigods.
ity uktva tam mayi gate
kamsah kopa-vritah sadyo
yadun hantum mano dadhe
Sri Narada said: After I had gone, Kamsa became filled with
anger at this plan (of the demigods) to kill the demons. In his
heart he decided to kill all the Yadavas.
vasudevam devakim ca
baddhvatha nigadair dridhaih
mamarda tam sila-prishthe
Kamsa tightly bound Vasudeva and Devaki in chains. Then he
crushed Devaki's son against a stone surface.
jatam jatam jaghana ha
iti dushta-vibhavac ca
bhumau bhutam na samsayam
Remembering his previous birth, out of his demonic nature
and out of fear of Lord Vishnu he killed each son as it was born.
Of this there is no doubt.
ugrasenas tada kruddho
varayam asa kamsakhyam
Angry at this, emperor Ugrasena, who was the master of the
Yadavas, stopped Kamsa and helped Vasudeva.
cakrus te khadga-panayah
Seeing Kamsa's demonic intentions, with swords in their
hands, Ugrasena's soldiers protected (Vasudeva and Devaki).
taih sardham abhavad yuddham
Seeing Ugrasena's soldiers, Kamsa's soldiers rose against
them and fought a great battle with them in the midst of the
dvara-dese 'pi viranam
yuddham jatam parapsparam
jananam nidhanam gatam
The soldiers fought a great battle in the doorway. By the
blows of their swords ten thousand people died.
Texts 18 and 19
kamso grihitvatha gadam
pituh senam mamarda ha
kamsasya gadaya sprishtah
sa-sastrah patitah kshanat
Then Kamsa took his club and crushed his father's army.
Touched by his club, in a moment many fell with their weapons,
their faces down or up, and their foreheads, legs, faces,
shoulders, or arms broken.
vamanto rudhiram vira
murchita nidhanam gatah
Many soldiers vomited blood, fell unconscious, and died. The
assembly hall was seen to be red with streams of blood from their
ittham mahotkatah kamsah
sa nipatyodbhatan ripun
jagraha pitaram khalah
In this way Kamsa fell upon the enemy soldiers. Then, rich
with anger, the demonic king of the kings of kings grabbed his
baddhva pasais ca tam khalah
tan-mitrais ca nripaih sardham
karagare rurodha ha
The demon dragged him from the royal throne, bound him with
ropes, and with his royal friends locked him in a prison cell.
svayam rajyam cakara ha
Sitting on the throne, Kamsa then personally ruled the
opulent kingdoms of the Madhus and Surasenas.
pidita yadavah sarve
sambandhasya mishais tvaram
catur-diso 'ntaram desan
Harassed by Kamsa, all the Yadavas fled to other countries
on the pretext of visiting relatives and waited for a better
Texts 25 and 26
devakyah saptame garbhe
vrajam pranite rohinyam
aho garbhah kva vigata
ity ucur mathura janah
When Yogamaya carried Devaki's seventh fetus, which brought
her both joy and grief, to Vraja and placed it in Rohini's womb,
the people of Mathura said, "Where did the child go?"
Texts 27 and 28
atha vraje panca-dineshu bhadre
tithau ca shashthyam ca site budhe ca
uccair grahaih pancabhir avrite ca
lagne tulakhye dina-madhya-dese
sureshu varshatsu su-pushpa-varsham
ghaneshu muncatsu ca vari-bindun
babhuva devo vasudeva-patnyam
vibhasayan nanda-griham sva-bhasa
Then, in Vraja, after five days, in the month of Bhadra
(August-September), on the sixth day of the bright fortnight,
when Mercury, five exalted planets, and the constellation Libra
were on the horizon, at midday, as the demigods showered a
beautiful rain of flowers and the clouds sprinkled drops of
water, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, illuminating Nanda's
home with His splendor, was born from Vasudeva's wife (Rohini).
nando 'pi kurvan chisu-jata-karma
dadau dvijebhyo niyutam gavam ca
gopan samahuya su-gayakanam
ravair maha-mangalam atanoti
Nanda performed the child's birth ceremony and gave in
charity a million cows to the brahmanas. Then he called the gopas
and observed a very auspicious festival with the music of many
singers and instrumentalists.
vasishtha-vacaspatibhir maya caagatya tatraiva samasthito 'bhut
padyadibhir nanda-kritaih prasannah
Coming there with Devala, Devarata, Vasishtha, Brihaspati, and
myself (Narada), Vyasadeva was pleased when Nanda washed his feet
and worshiped Him in many ways.
sundaro balakah ko 'yam
na drisyo yat-samah kvacit
katham panca-dinaj jatas
tan me bruhi maha-mune
Sri Nanda said: Who is this handsome boy, whose equal cannot
be seen anywhere? How is it He was born after only five days (in
the womb)? O great sage, please tell me.
aho bhagyam tu te nanda
sisuh seshah sanatanah
jato 'yam mathura-pure
Sri Vyasa said: Nanda, you are very fortunate. This child is
eternal Ananta Sesha. In Mathura City He was conceived by Vasudeva
pranito rohinim subham
nanda-raja tvaya drisyo
durlabho yoginam api
By Lord Krishna's wish He was brought to beautiful Devaki. O
King Nanda, you may see Him even though the great yogis cannot.
tad-darsanartham prapto 'ham
tasmat tvam darsayasmakam
sisu-rupam parat param
I, Vedavyasa, have come here to see Him. Therefore, please
show Him, the Supreme Person who is greater than the greatest and
who now displays the form of an infant, to us.
atha nandah sisum sesham
darsayam asa vismitah
drishtva prenkha-sthitam praha
Sri Narada said: Then Nanda showed them the child Aannta
Sesha. Gazing at the child in the cradle, Vyasa, struck with
wonder, bowed down, and spoke.
kama-pala namo 'stu te
namo 'nantaya seshaya
sakshad-ramaya te namah
Sri Vyasa said: O master of the demigods, O Supreme
Personality of Godhead, O Lord who grants desires, obeisances to
You! Obeisances to You, who are Lord Aananta Sesha! Obeisances to
You, who are directly Lord Rama!
namah sankarshanaya te
Eternal obeisances to You, Lord Sankarshana, the maintainer
of the earth, perfect and complete, effulgent and glorious,
holding a plow in Your hand, and having a thousand heads!
revati-ramana tvam vai
pahi mam purushottama
You are Baladeva, Revati's husband and the infallible
Supreme Personality of Godhead's elder brother. You are armed
with a plow. You are Pralambasura's killer. O Supreme Person,
please save me!
talankaya namo namah
rauhineyaya te namah
Obeisances! Obeisances to You, who are known as Bala and
Balabhadra, and who carry a palm-tree flag! Obeisances to You,
Rohini's fair-complexioned son dressed in blue garments!
kumbhandaris tvam eva hi
You are the enemy of Dhenuka, Mushtika, Kuta, Rukmi,
Kupakarna, and Kumbhanda. You put an end to Balvala.
kalindi-bhedano 'si tvam
You divided the Yamuna and dragged Hastinapura. You are the
enemy of Dvivida. You are the king of the Yadavas and the
decoration of the circle of Vraja.
pahi pahi prabho jagat
You are the killer of Kamsa's brothers, a pilgrim who goes
to holy places, the Supreme Master, and the teacher of
Duryodhana. O Lord, please protect, please protect the world!
jaya jayacyuta deva parat para
svayam ananta dig-anta-gatam yasah
musaline baline haline namah
O infallble Lord, O greater than the greatest, O Lord
Ananta, O Lord whose fame is everywhere, glory, glory to You!
Obeisances to You, who hold a plow and a club and are the master
of the demigods, great sages, and regal serpents!
iha pathet satatam stavanam tu yah
sa tu hareh paramam padam avrajet
jagati sarva-balam tv ari-mardanam
bhavati tasya jayah sa-janam dhanam
A person who regularly reads or recites these prayers
attains Lord Hari's supreme abode. Even in this world he attains
all strength. He crushes his enemies. For him are victory,
wealth, and followers.
balam parikramya satam pranamya tair
dvaipayano deva parasaratmajah
sarasvatim satyavati-suto yayau
Sri Narada said: After circumambulating Lord Balarama and
bowing down before Him a hundred times in the company of (the
other sages), intelligent Vyasa Muni, who was the son of Parasara
and Satyavati, went to the Sarasvati river.
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