Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 10, CANADA (SUN)
Canto One, Volume Four
Chapter One - Part Two
Description of the Entrance in Vrindavana
jitva sankham deva-varaih
sardham vishnur vrajesvara
prayagam etya sa harir
vedams tan brahmane dadau
O king of Vraja, after defeating the conch demon, Lord
Vishnu, accompanied by the great demigods, went to Prayaga and
returned the Vedas to Brahma.
yajnam cakara vidhi-vat
prayagam ca samahuya
tirtha-rajam cakara ha
Accompanied by all the Vedas, Brahma performed a Vedic
yajna. Then, calling Prayaga, he crowned it king of the
tat sakshad akshaya-vatah
camarais tam virejatuh
As if it were a toy parasol, an eternal banyan tree shaded
Prayaga. The Ganges and Yamuna fanned it with camaras.
nitva balim samajagmus
Then all the holy places in Jambudvipa came, bringing
offerings to Prayag, the wise king of holy places.
tirtha-rajam ca sampujya
natva tirthani sarvatah
sva-dhamani yayur nanda
harau devair gate sati
Bowing down, the holy places worshiped Prayaga, the king of
holy places. O Nanda, when Lord Hari and the demigods departed,
the holy places returned to their own abodes.
tadaiva naradah prapto
tirtha-rajam uvaca ha
Then Narada, the king of sages, who is fond of a quarrel,
approached and spoke to Prayaga, the king of holy places, as it
gloriously sat on its throne.
tirthaih prapujitas tvam vai
tubhyam ca sarva-tirthani
mukhyaniha balim daduh
Sri Narada said: O very austere king of holy places, all the
important holy places worshiped you and gave offerings to you.
nagataniha te purah
tirthanam raja-rajas tvam
pramattais tais tiras-kritah
The holy places headed by Vrindavana did not come to you from
Vraja. You who are the king of the kings of holy places were
insulted by these madly proud places.
iti prabhashya tam sakshad
tirtha-rajas tada kruddho
hari-lokam jagama ha
Sri Sannanda said: After speaking these words, the great
sage of the demigods left. Angry, the king of holy places went to
the realm of Lord Hari.
natva harim parikramya
purah sthitva kritanjalih
sri-natham praha tirtha-rat
Bowing down before Lord Hari, the master of the goddess of
fortune, circumambulating Him, and with folded hands standing
before Him, in the company of all the holy places, Prayaga, the
king of holy places, spoke.
he deva-deva prapto 'ham
tirtha-rajas tvaya kritah
balim dadur me tirthani
The king of holy places said: O Lord of lords, You made me
king of holy places. Except for Mathura-mandala, all holy places
have brought offerings to me.
pramattair vraja-tirthais ca
tair aham tu tiraskritah
tasmat tubhyam ca kathitum
prapto 'ham tava mandire
The holy places of Vraja have insulted me. I have come to
Your palace to tell You.
tvam kritas tirtha-ran maya
kintu svasya grihasyapi
na krito rat tvam eva hi
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: I made you king of
all holy places on earth, but I did not make you king of My own
kim tvam me mandiram lipsur
mattavad bhashase vacah
tirtha-raja griham gaccha
srinu vakyam subham ca me
Why, as if you wish to become the place where I live, do you
speak in this mad way? O king of holy places, hear My auspicious
words, and then return to your home.
mandiram me parat param
loka-trayat param divyam
pralaye 'pi na samhritam
Mathura-mandala is My home. It is My transcendental abode
above the three worlds. At the time of cosmic devastation it is
iti srutva tirtha-rajo
vismito 'bhud gata-smayah
agatya natva sampujya
Sri Sannanda said: Hearing this, the king of holy places was
very surprised. His pride gone, he approached the Vraja-mandala
of Mathura, bowed before it, and worshiped it.
sva-dhama gatavan punah
purvam me tat-pradarsitam
maya tavagre kathitam
kim bhuyah srotum icchasi
He circumambulated it, and then returned to his own abode. I
have now told you about Mathura Vraja-mandala, which I personally
saw break the earth's pride. What more do you wish to hear?
kena purvam pradarsitam
etan me vada gopesa
Sri Nanda said: Why did Mathura Vraja-mandala break the
earth's pride. O king of the gopas, please tell me.
adau varaha-kalpe 'smin
gam babhau damstraya prabhuh
Sri Sannanda said: In the beginning of this Varaha-kalpa,
Lord Hari assumed the form of a boar. With His tusk lifting the
earth from the realm of Rasatala, He shone with great splendor.
damstragre sobhita prithvi
praha devam janardanam
Glorious on the tip of His tusk, the earth spoke to the
Supreme Person, the goddess of fortune's husband and the
deliverer from sufferings, as He traveled through the waters.
kutra sthale tvam vai
sthapanam me karishyasi
drisyate vada he prabho
The earth-goddess said: Where will You put me down? Please
tell me, O Lord. I see the entire universe is flooded with water.
yada vrikshah pradrishta hi
bhavanty udvegata jale
tada te sthapana bhuyat
pasyanti gaccha bhuruhan
Sri Varaha said: When you see trees standing up from the
water I will put you down. Look for trees.
sthavaranam tu racana
anyasti kim va dharani
tv aham hi dharanamayi
The earth-goddess said: All immovable things rest on me.
What other thing is their steady resting-place? It is I on which
all things rest.
jale vrikshan manoharan
vikshya prithvi harim praha
Sri Sannanda said: As she spoke in this way she saw some
beautiful trees just ahead. Her pride now gone, the earth-goddes
glanced at Lord Hari and spoke.
deva kasmin sthale vrikshah
santi hy ete sa-pallavah
idam manasi me citram
vada yajna-pate prabho
The earth-goddess said: Lord, in what place do these trees
with twigs and leaves grow? They fill my heart with wonder. O
Lord of yajnas, O master, please tell me.
mathuram mandalam divyam
drisyate 'gre nitambini
pralaye 'pi na samhritam
Sri Varaha said: O beautiful one, you see transcendental
Mathura-mandala, which is part of the realm of Goloka, and is not
destroyed at the time of cosmic devastation.
tac chrutva vismita prithvi
gata-mana babhuva ha
tasman nanda maha-baho
vrajo 'yam sarvato 'dhikah
Sri Sannanda said: Hearing this the earth-goddess became
both astonished and prideless. O great-armed Nanda, for this
reason Vraja is the best of all places.
jivan mukto bhaven narah
tirtha-rajat param viddhi
A person who hears this description of Vraja's glories
becomes liberated even as he continues to live in this world.
Please know that Mathura Vraja-mandala is more exalted than
Prayaga, the king of holy places.