Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 09, CANADA (SUN)
Canto One, Volume Four
Description of the Entrance in Vrindavana
kambu-grivau kshipta-bahu calantau
radha-krishnau mangalam me bhavetam
May Sri Sri Radha-Krishna who, Their arms raised and their
necks like conchshells, wander on the Yamuna's shore, where are
many playful cuckoos and parrots, guna bushes, and groves
of splendid flowers, grant auspiciousness to me.
cakshur unmilitam yena
tasmai sri-gurave namah
I was born in thr darkness of ignorance, and my spiritual
master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my
respectful obeisances unto him.*
Texts 3 and 4
nando nandan sahayakan
samahuya paran vriddhan
sabhayam tan uvaca ha
kim kartavyam tu vadatot-
patah santi maha-vane
Sri Narada said: One day, seeing that many great calamities
had come, Nanda called his friends: the Vrishabhanus, the
Upanandas, and other elders, and in the assembly he said to them,
"Please tell what should be done. Many calamities have
come to Mahavana."
tesham srutvatha sannando
gopo vriddho 'ti-mantra-vit
anke nitva rama-krishnau
nanda-rajam uvaca ha
Sri Narada said: Hearing this, the elderly gopa Sannanda,
who was expert at giving advice, placed Krishna and Balarama on his
lap and spoke to King Nanda.
utthatavyam ito 'smabhih
sarvaih parikaraih saha
yatrotpata na santi hi
Sri Sannanda said: All of us and all our friends should
leave this place and go to another place where there are no
balas te pranavat krishno
vraje dhanam kule dipo
This boy Krishna is your very life. He is the life of the
residents of Vraja. He is the wealth of Vraja. He is the shining
lamp of your family. He is charming with His child's playing.
ha bakya sakatenapi
mukto 'yam druma-patena
hy utpatam kim atah param
This boy escaped Putana, an (overturned) cart, Trinavarta,
and falling trees. What calamity will happen next?
tasmad vrindavanam sarvair
gantavyam balakaih saha
punar agamanam kuru
Therefore we and our children should go to Vrindavana. When
the calamities have passed we will return.
kati-krosair vistritam tad
vanam vrindavanam vrajat
tal-lakshanam tat-sukham ca
vada buddhimatam vara
Nanda said: How many krosas is Vrindavana forest from Vraja?
O best of the wise, tell me what it is like and how it is a happy
prag udicyam barhishado
dakshinasyam yadoh purat
mathuram mandalam viduh
Sri Sannanda said: The wise know that Mathura-mandala is
northeast of the country of Barhishat, south of the Yadus' capitol
city, and west of the city of Sona.
sardham yad yojanena vai
mathuram mandalam divyam
vrajam ahur manishinah
The wise say the splendid transcendental land of Vraja
Mathura-mandala is 21 yojanas in circumference.
mathuram mandalam divyam
In Vasudeva's palace I heard from Garga Muni's mouth that
even Prayaga, the king of holy places, worships splendid and
vanebhyas tatra sarvebhyo
vanam vrindavanam varam
In that place is Vrindavana forest, which is the best of all
forests and beautiful with the pastimes of the Supreme
Personality of Godhead.
vaikunthan naparo loko
na bhuto na bhavishyati
ekam vrindavanam nama
vaikunthac ca parat param
No place is better than Vaikuntha. There never was such a
place, nor will there ever be. Still, better than Vaikuntha is
the place named Vrindavana. . .
yatra govardhano nama
. . . where a mountain named Govardhana is splendidly manifest,
where the shores of the Yamuna are the abode of auspiciousness, . . .
brihat-sanur girir yatra
yatra nandisvaro girih
krosanam ca catur-vimsad-
vistritaih kananair vritam
. . . where is the mountain Brihatsanu, where is the mountain
Nandisvara, and where there are great forests for 24 krosas.
gavam sevyam manoharam
lata-kunjavritam tad vai
vanam vrindavanam smritam
Beautiful Vrindavana forest is known to be an ideal place for
the cows, gopas, and gopis, a place filled with vines and groves.
kada vrajo 'yam sannanda
etad veditum icchami
param kautuhalam hi me
Sri Nanda said: O Sannanda, when did the king of holy places
worship Vraja? That I wish to know. I am very curious.
pura naimittike laye
svapato brahmanah so 'pi
jitva devan brahmalokad
dhritva vedan gato 'rnave
gateshu teshu vedeshu
devanam ca gatam balam
Sri Sannanda said: As Brahma slept during a regularly
scheduled period of cosmic devastation, the great conch demon
Sankasura, a sworn enemy of the Vedas, defeated the demigods,
stole the Vedas, and hid in the ocean. When the Vedas were gone
the demigods' strength was also gone.
tada sakshad dharih purno
dhritva matsyam vapuh param
yuyudhe tena yajna-rat
Then, assuming the form of a fish, perfect Lord Hari, the
master of all yajnas, fought with him in the ocean of
sulam cikshepa haraye
sankho daityo maha-balah
sva-cakrena harih sakshat
The very powerful demon Sankhasura threw a trident at Lord
Hari. With His cakra Lord Hari broke the trident in a hundred
harim tatada sirasa
sankho vishnum urah-sthale
na cacala parat parah
With his head Sankhasura struck Lord Vishnu on the chest.
Although struck by his head, Lord Hari, who is greater than the
greatest, did not waver.
tada gadam samadaya
prishthe jaghana tam daityam
Taking a club, Lord Hari in the form of a fish struck the
powerful conch demon on the back.
punar utthaya sarvesham
mushtina sa tatada ha
Wounded by the club, and now unhappy at heart, the demon
rose again and with his fist struck the Lord.
tada vishnuh sva-cakrena
sa-sringam tac-chiro dridham
jahara kupitah sakshad
With His cakra angry lotus-eyed Lord Vishnu then severed the
demon's hard horned head.