chri-krishno bhagavan svayam
manah purvam parat parah
Sri Krishna, the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is greater than the greatest, personally entered Vasudeva's heart.
sakshad yajna ivaparah
The great soul Vasudeva shone with a glory like the sun,
moon, and fire. He was like a double of the Supreme Lord, the
master of all sacrifices.
devakyam agate krishne
raraja tena sa gehe
ghane saudamini yatha
When Lord Krishna, who gives fearlessness to everyone, entered
Devaki, she shone as if a great lightning flash had entered her
tejovatim ca tam vikshya
kamsah praha bhayaturah
prapto 'yam prana-hanta me
purvam esha na cedrisi
Seeing her so effulgent, Kamsa became frightened. He said,
"Now the destroyer of my life has come. She was not like
pasyan sarvatra ca harim
"As soon as He is born I will kill Him." Saying
this, looking in all directions, and thinking of his former enemy
Lord Hari, he became filled with fear.
sakshat krishno 'pi drisyate
tasmad vairam prakurvanti
Even by hating Him one is able to see Krishna. For this
reason, in order to attain the association of Lord Krishna, the
demons hate Him.
atha brahmadayo deva
stavam cakruh pranamya tam
Then the demigods headed by Brahma and the great sages
headed by me went to Vasudeva's home, bowed down before Lord
Krishna, and offered many prayers.
yaj-jagaradishu bhaveshu param hy ahetur
hetuh svid asya vicaranti gunasrayena
naitad visanti mahad-indriya-deva-sanghas
tasmai namo 'gnim iva vistrita-visphulingah
The demigods said: Taking shelter of the modes of nature,
the philosophers wonder, "Is the Supreme the origin of
consciousness and other states of being, or is not their origin?"
As sparks come from a fire (but do not enter it), so the mahat-
tattva, senses, and demigods (come from Him but) do not enter
Him. Obeisances to Him, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
naiveshitum prabhur ayam balinam baliyan
maya na sabda uta no vishayi-karoti
tad brahma purnam amritam paramam prasantam
suddham parat parataram saranam gatah smah
The strongest of the strong cannot conquer Him. The potency
of illusion cannot conquer Him. The Vedas cannot bring Him within
their realm of perception. Of Him, the perfect, complete,
eternal, peaceful, and pure Supreme Personality of Godhead, we
avesa-purna-sahitais ca parasya yasya
sargadayah kila bhavanti tam eva krishnam
purnat param tu paripurnatamam natah smah
With His amsa-avatara, amsamsa-avatara, kala-avatara, avesa-
avatara, purna-avatara, and many other avataras, He creates
(maintains, and destroys the material universes). To Him, Lord
Krishna, the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is
greater than the purna-avatara, we offer our respectful
manvantareshu ca yugeshu gatagateshu
kalpeshu camsa-kalaya sva-vapur bibharshi
adyaiva dhama paripurnatamam tanoshi
dharmam vidhaya bhuvi mangalam atanoshi
In manvantaras, yugas, and kalpas past and future You
manifest Your own form in partial incarnations, but now You
manifest Your original and most perfect form. Establishing the
real religion, You bring auspiciousness to the earth.
yad durlabham visada-yogibhir apy agamyam
gamyam dravadbhir amalasaya-bhakti-yogaih
ananda-kanda caratas tava manda-yanam
O blissful Lord, we place (in our hearts) the nectar-pollen
gently blowing from Your lotus feet as You walk, rare pollen not
attained by even the purest yogis but only by they whose pure
hearts melt with love for You.
purvam tathatra kamaniya-vapushmayam tvam
kandarpa-koti-sata-mohanam adbhutam ca
radha-patim dharani-dhurya-dhanam dadhamah
(In our hearts) we place wonderful You, whose handsome form is more charming than a hundred million Kamadevas, who are the glory of the realm of Goloka, who are the master of Radha and the wealth of the earth.
natva harim tada deva
brahmadya munibhih saha
gayantas tam prasamsantah
sva-dhamani yayur muda
Sri Narada said: Bowing down to Lord Hari and singing His praises, the demigods headed by Brahma went with the sages to their own abodes.
janma-kale hareh sati
ambaram nirmalam bhutam
nirmalas ca diso dasa
O great king of Mithila, at the time of Lord Hari's birth the sky and the ten directions became very pure.
ujjvalas taraka jatah
nada nadyah samudras ca
The stars were bright, the earth happy, and the rivers, streams, oceans, and lakes filled with pure waters.
The breezes' touch spreading their fragrant pollen, thousand-petal hundred-leaf lotuses bloomed everywhere.
teshu nedur madhukara
sitala manda-yanas ca
gandhakta vayavo vavuh
Bees hummed, colorful birds sang, and fragrant cooling breezes gently blew.
riddha janapada grama
deva vipra naga gavo
The countries became wealthy, the towns and villages auspicious, and the demigods, brahmanas, trees, and cows happy.
yatra tatra maha-raja
sarvesham mangalam param
The drums of the demigods were filled with sounds of victory. Everywhere was great auspiciousness.
vidyadharas ca gandharvah
jaguh sunayaka devas
tushtuvuh stutibhih param
The Vidyadharas, Gandharvas, Siddhas, Kinnaras, and Caranas sang, and the great demigods offered prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
nanritur divi gandharva
mumucur deva-mukhyas ca
garjantas ca ghana jale
bhadre budhe krishna-pakshe
dhatrarkshe harshane vrishe
karne 'shtamyam ardha-ratre
avirasid dharih sakshad
aranyam adhvare 'gni-vat
The happy Gandharvas and Vidyadharas danced in heaven, the great demigods threw many parijata, mandara, malati, and sumanah flowers, and the clouds thundered and sprinkled water. Then, in the month of Bhadra (August-September), during the eighth tithi of the dark fortnight, when Mercury, Taurus, and the Rohini star were on the horizon, and the planets were in harshana-yoga, in the middle of the night, when everything was covered with darkness and the moon was rising, in Vasudeva's palace Lord Hari appeared from Devaki as in a yajna fire appears from the arani wood.
calad-amsu tamo-haram param
subhadam sundaram ambujekshanam
paripurnatamam parat param
tam avekshya sutam yaduttamo
atha vipra-janeshu casu vai
niyutam san manasa gavam dadau
As he gazed at his son, who wore a glittering and colorful jewel necklace, a glittering Kaustubha gem, splendid armlets and anklets, earrings and a helmet like the rising sun, bracelets like wonderful flickering flames, a belt splendid as lightning, a lotus garland filled with the buzzing of bees, and splendid garments of new gold, and who was splendid as a dark cloud with lightning, His face with moving black locks of hair, His splendor removing the darkness, auspicious, handsome, His eyes lotus flowers, decorated with wonderful and colorful pictures and designs, more charming than ten million Kamadevas, and who was the Supreme Personality of Godhead, greater than the greatest and fond of sweetly playing the flute, then Vasudeva, the best of the Yadavas, his eyes blossomed wide with the festive joy of seeing the birth of Lord Hari, in his heart at once gave a million cows in charity to the brahmanas.
harim anakadundubhih stavaih
stavanam tam pranipatya vismitah
gata-bhih suti-grihe kritanjalih
Standing before the Lord in the maternity-room, astonished Vasudeva bowed down. Now fearless, with folded hands he glorified the Lord with many prayers.
eko yah prakriti-gunair anekadhasi
harta tvam janaka utasya palakas tvam
nirliptah sphatika ivadya deha-varnais
tasmai sri-bhuvana-pate namami tubhyam
Although You are one, the modes of material nature make You (seem to be) many. You are the creator, maintainer, and destroyer (of the worlds). As crystal is colorless, You are untouched by material qualtities. O master of the worlds, I bow down before You.
edhahsu tv anala ivatra vartamano
yo 'nta-stho bahir api cambaram yatha hi
adharo dharanir ivasya sarva-sakshi
tasmai te nama iva sarva-go nabhasvan
Your are inside, like fire in fuel. You are outside, like the sky. You are the maintainer, like the earth. You see everything. You are present everywhere, like the air. Obeisances to You!
jato go-deva-dvija-nija-vatsa-palako 'si
gehe me bhuvi purushottamottamas tvam
kamsan mam bhuvana-pate prapahi papat
You are the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, the
protector of the cows, demigods, brahmanas, and Your own
children, who has taken birth in my home on earth in order to
remove the great armies that now burden the earth. O master of
the worlds, please protect me from sinful Kamsa.
Note: The "children" here are the Vaishnavas.
jnatva natvatha tam praha
Sri Narada said: Understanding that handsome and dark Sri
Krishna was the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, Devaki,
who was equal to all the demigods, bowed before Him and spoke.
he krishna he viganitanda-pate paresa
purnesa purna paripurnatama prabho mam
tvam pahi pahi paramesvara kamsa-papat
Sri Devaki said: O Krishna, O master of countless universes, O
Supreme Lord, O flag of Goloka-dhama, O original Lord, O master
of the perfect, O perfect one, O most perfect original Supreme
Personality of Godhead, O Supreme Controller, please protect,
please protect me from Kamsa's atrocities!
tac chrutva bhagavan krishnah
sa-smito devakim saurim
praha sa vrijinardanah
Sri Narada said: Hearing this, Lord Krishna, the original
Supreme Personality of Godhead, the destroyer of sins, smiled and
spoke to Vasudeva and Devaki.
iyam ca prisnih pati-devata ca
tvam purva-sarge sutapa prajarthi
brahmajnaya divya-tapo yuvabhyam
kritam param nirjala-bhojanabhyam
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: In the previous
creation she was chaste Prisni, who worshiped her husband as if he
were a god, and you were Sutapa, who desired to create children.
By Brahma's order you both performed great and splendid
austerities, fasting from food and drink.
kaleshu manvantarake vyatite
tapah param tat tapasah prajarthi
tada prasanno yuvayor abhuvam
varam param bruta maya tadoktam
When in time the manvantara had passed, your austerity to
attain children continued. Then I became pleased with you and I
said, "Ask a benediction."
srutva yuvabhyam kathitam tadaiva
bhuyas sutas tvat-sadrisah kilavayoh
tathastu coktvatha gate mayi praja-
pati hy abhuta sva-kritena dam-pati
Hearing this, you both said, "May we have a son like
You." I said, "So be it," and left. Then you became a