Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 12, CANADA (SUN)
Canto One, Volume Four
Chapter Two - Part Two
Description of Giriraja Govardhana's Birth
govardhane tava sute
tasmims tapah karishyami
jato 'yam me manorathah
I will perform austerities on your son Govardhana, who is
filled with trees and vines. That is my desire.
tam munim vakyam abravit
Sri Sannanda said: Hearing Pulastya's words, Drona became
filled with love for his son. His eyes filled with tears, he
spoke to the sage.
putra-snehakulo 'ham vai
putro me 'yam ati-priyah
te sapa-bhaya-bhito 'ham
vadamy enam maha-mune
Sri Drona said: I am filled with love for my son. My son is
very dear to me. O great sage, I fear your curse. Let me speak
he putra gaccha munina
bharate karmake subhe
traivargyam labhyate yatra
nribhir moksham api kshanat
O son, go with this sage to beautiful Bharata-varsha, the
land of karma, where the people attain the three goals of life,
and even liberation, in a single moment.
mune katham mam nayasi
Sri Govardhana said: O sage, how will you take me? I am
eight yojanas long, five yojanas wide, and two yojanas tall.
Note: A yojana is eight miles.
upavisya kare me tvam
gaccha putra yatha-sukham
vahayami kare tvam vai
yavat kasim samagatah
Sri Pulastya said: My son, please sit in my hand and I will
carry you to Kasi.
mune yatra sthale bbumyam
sthapanam me karishyasi
karishyami na cotthanam
tad-bbumyah sapatho mama
Sri Govardhana said: I will stay where you place me. I will
not leave that place. I promise you this.
na sthapanam karishyami
sapathas te 'pi me pathi
Sri Pulastya said: As I take you from Salmali-dvipa to the
country of Kausala I will not put you down along the way. I
promise you this.
muneh kara-tale tasminn
pranamya pitaram dronam
Sri Sannanda said: His eyes filled with tears, the great
mountain Govardhana bowed down before his father, Drona, and then
climbed onto the sage's hand.
munis tam dakshina-kare
dhritva gacchan chanaih sanaih
sva-tejo darsayan nrinam
prapto 'bhud vraja-mandale
Carrying the mountain in his right hand, he showed his great
power to the people. Moving very slowly, he finally came to
Texts 36 and 37
jati-smaro giris tatra
prahedam pathi cintayan
chrii-krishno bhagavan svayam
bala-lilam ca kaisorim
Remembering his previous life, as he traveled, Mount
Govardhana said to himself: Sri Krishna, the Original Supreme
Personality of Godhead, who is the master of countless universes,
will decscend to this place, Vraja, and enjoy childhood playing
with the cowherd boys, and then the pastimes of youth.
harir atra karishyati
tasman maya na gantavyam
bbumis ceyam kalindaja
Here Lord Hari will enjoy pastimes of paying a toll and
pastimes of jealous anger. For this reason I should not leave
this place where the Yamuna flows.
golokad radhaya sardham
kritva tad-darsanam param
From Goloka Sri Krishna will come here with Radha. By seeing
Him I will make my life perfect.
evam vicarya manasa
bhuri bharam dadau kare
tada munis ca sranto 'bhud
Thinking this in his mind, Govardhana made himself very
heavy in the sage's hand. Overcome with exhaustion, the sage
could not remember what had happened before.
karad uttarya tam sailam
gato 'bhud bhara-piditah
Tormented by the mountain's great weight, to lighten his
burden the sage put him down in Vraja-mandala.
kritva saucam jale snatva
uttishtheti munih praha
girim govardhanam param
After bathing in the water there and becoming clean, the
great sage Pulastya said to Mount Govardhana: "Stand up!"
karabhyam tam maha-munih
When the very heavy mountain did not stand up, the great
sage grasped it with his mystic strength.
munina sangrihito 'pi
na cacalangulim kincit
tad api drona-nandanah
Although the sage embarced him and spoke sweet words, Mount
Govardhana, the son of Drona, did not move even for the space of
gaccha gaccha giri-sreshtha
bharam ma kuru ma kuru
maya jnato 'si rushtas tvam
abhiprayam vadasu me
Sri Pulastya said: Come! Come! O best of mountains, don't
make yourself heavy! Don't make yourself heavy! I know you are
angry. Tell me why at once!
mune 'tra me na dosho 'sti
tvaya me sthapana krita
karishyami na cotthanam
purvam me sapathah kritah
Sri Govardhana said: O sage, there is no fault on my part.
You have put me down, and now I will never move from this place.
That was the promise I made to you.
Then, abandoning his attempt (to move the mountain),
Pulastya, the tiger of sages, his senses filled with anger and
his lips trembling, cursed Govardhana, the son of Drona.
na krito me manorathah
tasmat tu tila-matram hi
nityam tvam kshinatvam vraja
Sri Pulastya said: O arrogant mountain, you would not
fulfill my desire! Therefore every day you will become smaller by
the size of a sesame seed.
kasim gate pulastyarshav
ayam govardhano girih
nityam sankshiyate nanda
tila-matram dine dine
Sri Sannanda said: O Nanda, when Pulastya Rishi left for Kasi,
Mount Govardhana beagn to shrink by the size of a sesame seed day
yavad bhagirathi ganga
yavad govardhano girih
tavat kaleh prabhavas tu
bhavishyati na karhicit
As long as the Bhagirthi Ganges is present, and as long as
Mount Govardhana is present, the power of Kali-yuga will not be
govardhanasya prakatam caritram
nrinam maha-papa-haram pavitram
maya tavagre kathitam vicitram
su-mukti-dam kau ruciram na citram
I have spoken to you the story of Mount Govardhana's
appearance in this world, a sacred story that removes from human
beings the greatest sins, that is very wonderful, and that gives
the greatest liberation. It is not surprising that this story is
so beautiful and glorious in this world.