Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 07, CANADA (SUN)
Canto One, Volume Three
Breaking of the Two Arjuna Trees
ekada gokule gopyo
mamanthur dadhi sarvatah
grihe grihe pragayantyo
Sri Narada said: Churning yogurt in their Gokula homes, the
gopis sang of Lord Gopala's transcendental pastimes,
bhande gavyam vinikshipya
mamantha dadhi sundari
Rising early in Nanda's palace, beautiful Yasoda put yogurt
in a jug and churned it.
His anklets jingling, Nanda's son eagerly danced to get some
bala-kelir babhau nrityan
matuh parsvam anubhraman
jhankaram karayan muhuh
Dancing, following His mother, and making His ornaments
jingle sweetly, He played as a child.
haiyangavinam satatam navinam
yacan sa matur madhuram bruvan sah
adaya haste 'smasutam rusha su-dhir
bibheda krishno dadhi-mantha-patram
After again and again begging His mother for some fresh
butter, intelligent Krishna finally took an emerald in His hand and
angrily broke the yogurt-churn.
palayamanam sva-sutam yasoda
prabhavati prapa na hasta-matrat
yogisvaranam api yo durapah
katham sa matur grahane prayati
Beautiful Yasoda could not catch her fleeing son, for He was
always a hand's length away. Even the kings of the yogis cannot
attain Him. Why should He fall in His mother's grip?
tathapi bhakteshu ca bhakta-vasyata
pradarsita sri-harina nripesvara
balam grihitva sva-sutam yasomati
babandha rajjvatha rusha hy ulukhale
O king of kings, then Lord Hari showed that He places
Himself under the control of His devotees. Yasoda caught her son
and angrily tied Him with rope to the grinding mortar.
adaya yad yad bahu dama tat tat
sv-alpam prabhutam sva-sute yasoda
gunair na baddhah prakriteh paro yah
katham sa baddho bhavatiha damna
The ropes all became very small on her son. He who is beyond
the material world cannot be bound with rope. How can He be bound
yada yasoda gata-bandhaneccha
khinna nishanna nripa khinna-manasa
asit tadayam kripaya sva-bandhe
svacchanda-yanah sva-vaso 'pi krishnah
When, frustrated and depressed, Yasoda stopped trying, then
independent Krishna kindly allowed her to bind Him.
esha prasado na hi vita-karmanam
na jnaninam karma-dhiyam kutah punah
matur yathabhun nripa esha tasman
muktim vyadhad bhaktim alam na madhavah
O king, the mercy He gave His mother He never gave to the
renunciants and philosophers, what to speak of the fruitive
workers. Lord Krishna gives them liberation, not devotional
tadaiva gopyas tu samagatas tvaram
drishtvatha bhagnam dadhi-mantha-bhajanam
ulukhale baddham ativa damabhir
bhitam sisum vikshya jagur ghrinaturah
The gopis quickly came. Seeing the broken yogurt-churn and
the frightened child tightly bound with ropes to the grinding
mortar, they became filled with compassion and spoke.
bhinatti satatam sisuh
tad apy enam no vadamah
The gopis said: In our homes the children break these clay
jugs all the time. O wife of Nanda, we say that you are not kind.
gata-vyathe hy akarune
yasode he vrajesvari
yashtya nirbhartsito balas
tvaya baddho ghata-kshayat
O cold, merciless Yasoda, O queen of Vraja, you beat this
boy with a stick and tied Him up only because He broke a clay
ity uktayam yasodayam
karshann ulukhalam krishno
balaih sri-yamunam yayau
Sri Narada said: After this was spoken and Yasoda became
absorbed in her housework, Krishna, dragging the mortar along, went
with the boys to the Yamuna.
tat-tate ca maha-vrikshau
tayor madhye gatah krishno
hasan damodarah prabhuh
His belly bound with a rope, smiling Lord Krishna wandered
between two great old arjuna trees by the Yamuna's shore.
cakarsha sahasa krishnas
karshanena sa-mulau dvau
Krishna tugged at the sideways grinding mortar. By His tug the
two trees were uprooted and fell to the ground.
patatenapi sabdo 'bhut
vinirgatau ca vrikshabhyam
devau dvav edhaso 'gni-vat
The violent sound of their falling was like thunder. From
the two trees emerged two demigods splendid as fire.
padau sprishtau sva-maulina
kritanjali harim natva
tau tu tat-sammukhe sthitau
Circumambulating Lord Damodara, touching His feet with their
helmets, and offering obeisances to Him, the two demigods stood
before Him with folded hands.
avam muktau brahma-dandat
sadyas te 'cyuta darsanat
mabhut te nija-bhaktanam
helanam hy avayor hare
The two demigods said: O infallible Lord, by seeing You we
are now free from a brahmana's punishment. We should not have
offended Your devotees.
govindaya namo namah
Obeisances, obeisances to You, Lord Krishna, the pleasure of
the cows, land, and senses, the auspiciousness of the worlds, an
ocean of mercy, the Lord whose belly is bound with a rope!
iti natva harim tau dvau
udicim ca disam gatau
tadaiva hy agatah sarve
Sri Narada said: Bowing down to Lord Hari, the two demigods
left for the north. Then, headed by Nanda Maharaja, the
frightened cowherd people arrived.
katham vrikshau prapatitau
vina vatam vrajarbhakah
vadatasu tada bala
ucuh sarve vrajaukasah
When they were asked, "How did these two trees fall
down without any wind? O children of Vraja, please tell us," the
children of Vraja spoke.
anena patitau vrikshau
tabhyam dvau purushau sthitau
enam natva gatav adya
tav udicyam sphurat-prabhau
The children said: Krishna made the two trees fall. From the
trees two effulgent men came. They bowed down to Krishna and then
went to the north.
iti srutva vacas tesham
na te sraddadhire tatah
mumoca nandah svam balam
damna baddham ulukhale
Sri Narada said: The gopas did not believe what they heard
from the boys. Then Nanda untied His boy bound to the grinding
mortar with ropes.
samaghraya sisum nripa
nirbhartsya bhaminim nando
viprebhyo go-satam dadau
Then Nanda placed his boy on his lap, embraced Him, smelled
Him, rebuked his wife, and gave a hundred cows in charity to the
kav imau purushau divyau
kena doshena vrikshatvam
Sri Bahulasva said: Who were those two effulgent men? O best
of the demigod sages, please tell me. Because of what sin did
they become two arjuna trees?
mandakinyas tate sthitau
Sri Narada said: They were the two demigods Nalakuvara and
Manigriva, the two demigod sons of the great king (Kuvera). (One
day) they both went to the Nandana forest by the shore of the
Drunk on varuni wine and proud of their possesions, they
walked naked as many apsaras sang to them.
kadacid devalo nama
nagnau drishtva ca tav aha
One day the great sage named Devala, who had gone to the
farther shore of the Vedas, saw the two degenerate, naked,
forgetful men and spoke to them.
yuvam vriksha-samau drishtau
tasmad vrikshau tu bhuyas tam
varshanam satakam bhuvi
Sri Devala Muni said: I see You two shameless and proud men
have become like trees. For this reason you will now be trees for
a hundred years on the earth.
dvaparante bharate ca
krishnam damodaram harim
goloka-natham tam drishtva
At the end of Dvapara-yuga, in Bharata-varsha, in Mathura
district, in the circle of Vraja, on the Yamuna's shore near
Mahavana forest, you will see the original Supreme Personality of
Godhead, Krishna, who is the master of Goloka, and who is known as
Damodara and Hari. When you see Him, you will regain your
vrikshatvam prapitau nripa
In this way, by Devala Muni's curse, Nalakuvara and
Manigriva became trees and were liberated by Lord Krishna.
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