Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 16, CANADA (SUN)
Canto One, Volume Four
The Liberation of Aghasura
ekada balakaih sakam
go-vatsams carayan harih
bala-kridam cakara ha
Sri Narada said: Once, as, near the beauitful Yamuna, with
the boys He was herding the calves, Krishna enjoyed the pastimes of
aghasuro nama maha-
daityas tatra sthito 'bhavat
krosa-dirgham vapuh kritva
A great demon named Aghasura stayed there. His body was two
miles long and his mouth wide open.
durad yam parvatakaram
vikshya vrindavane vane
gopa jagmur mukhe tasya
From afar they saw him, his body like a great mountain.
Approaching, and clapping their hands, they entered his mouth
with the calves.
tad-rakshartham ca sa-balas
tan-mukhe pravisad dharih
baleshu tv ahi-rupina
ha-sabdo 'bhut suranam tu
daityanam harsha eva hi
krishno vapuh svam vairajam
To protect them, Krishna entered the mouth along with the
boys. When the demon in the form of a snake had swallowed the
boys and calves, the demigods cried out, "Alas!" and the
demons became happy. Then Krishna expanded His universal form
inside Aghasura's stomach.
tasya samrodha-gah pranah
siro bhittva vinirgatah
tan-mukhan nirgatah krishno
balair vatsais ca maithila
It's movements stopped, the demon's life-breath broke
through the demon's skull and left. Then Krishna and the boys and
calves left his mouth, O king of Mithila.
sa-vatsakan sisun drishtva
jivayam asa madhavah
linam jatam tadid yatha
With a glance Krishna brought the boys and calves to life.
Then a light that was like a lightning flash (left the demon's
body) and entered Krishna, who was dark as a monsoon cloud.
tadaiva vavrishur devah
evam srutva muner vakyam
maithilo vakyam abravit
O king, then the demigods showered flowers.
After hearing the sage's words, the king of Mithila spoke.
ko 'yam daityah purva-kale
sri-krishne linatam gatah
sighram daityo harim gatah
The king said: Who was this demon in his previous birth that
he was able to enter Lord Krishna? Simply by hating Him, this demon
quickly attained Lord Krishna.
agho nama maha-balah
Sri Narada said: O king, he was Sankhacuda's son, and his
name was Agha. He was young, strong, and very handsome. He was
like another Kamadeva.
ashtavakram munim yantam
drishtva jahasa tam aghah
ku-rupo 'yam iti bruvan
When he saw the disfigured sage Ashtavakra Muni walking by
the Malaya Hills, Agha laughed and said, "Who is this
tam sasapa maha-dushtam
tvam sarpo bhava durmate
kurupa vakra-ga jatih
Then the sage cursed the demon Agha: "O wicked-
hearted one, you will become a snake. You will be the ugliest
snake in the circle of the earth."
daityam dinam gata-smayam
prasannah sa munir
varam tasmai dadau punah
Seeing that the demon, his pride and arrogance now gone, had
fallen at his feet, the sage became pleased with him and gave him
sri-krishnas tu tavodare
tada muktir bhavishyati
Sri Ashtavakta said: Sri Krishna, who is more handsome than
many millions of Kamadevas, will enter your stomach. Then you
will be free from having a snake's form.
sarpo bhutva hy aghasurah
tad-varat paramam moksham
gato devais ca durlabham
By Ashtavakra's curse Aghasura became a snake, and by
Ashtavakra's blessing Aghasura attained a liberation even the
demigods cannot attain.
vatsad baka-mukhan muktam
tato muktam hy aghasurat
srutva kati-dinaih krishnam
Hearing how in only a few days Krishna was rescued from
Vatsasura, Bakasura's beak, and now from Aghasura, Yasoda became
filled with fears.
kalavatim rohinim ca
navopanandan nandams ca
samahuya tad-agre ca
vacah praha yasomati
Calling together Kalavati, Rohini, the most important gopas
and gopis, the gopa king Vrishabhanu, Vraja's king Nanda, the nine
Upanandas, the Nandas, the Vrishabhanus, and the various leaders of
Vraja, Yasoda spoke to them.
kim karomi kva gacchami
kalyanam me katham bhavet
mat-sute bahavo 'rishtah
agacchanti kshane kshane
Sri Yasoda said: What shall I do? Where shall I go? How will
I be happy? Moment after moment many calamities have fallen on my
purvam maha-vanam tyaktva
vrindaranye gata vayam
etat tyaktva kva yasyamo
dese vadata nirbhaye
First we left Mahavana and came to Vrindavana. If we leave
Vrindavana to what safe country, where there will be no fearful
calamities, could we go? Please tell me.
cancalo 'yam balako me
kridan dure prayati hi
balakas cancalah sarve
na manyante vaco mama
When He plays, my restless boy goes far away. All the boys
are restless. I am not the only one to say that.
bakasuras ca me balam
tikshna-tundo 'grasad bali
tasman muktam tu jagrahar-
bhakair dinam aghasurah
Powerful and sharp-beaked Bakasura swallowed my boy. Somehow
He was rescued. Another day Aghasura swallowed my boy and all the
so 'pi daivena maritah
vatsartham sva-grihad balam
na bahih karayamy aham
When he tried to kill my boy, Vatsasura was himself killed
by his own fate. Now I do not allow my boy to go outside to care
for the calves.
ittham vadantim satatam rudantim
yasomatim vikshya jagada nandah
asvasayam asa su-garga-vakyair
dharmartha-vid dharma-bhritam varishthah
Sri Narada said: Glancing at Yasoda as she spoke these words
and wept, Nanda, who was the best of the pious and who understood
the true meaning of religion, spoke to her. He comforted her by
repeating the words of Garga Muni.
garga-vakyam tvaya sarvam
vismritam he yasomati
brahmananam vacah satyam
nasatyam bhavati kvacit
Nanda Maharaja said: O Yasoda, you have completely forgotten
Garga Muni's words. The words of the brahmanas are always true.
They are never untrue.
tasmad danam prakartavyam
danat param tu kalyanam
na bhutam na bhavishyati
Therefore charity should be given. That will dispel all
calamities. There has never been nor will there ever be a source
of good fortune better than giving charity.
tada yasoda viprebhyo
svalankarams ca balasya
sa-balasya dadau nripa
Sri Narada said: O king, on behalf of her boy and Balarama,
Yasoda then gave to the brahmanas great wealth, seven kinds of
precious jewels, and even her own ornaments.
ayutam vrishabhanam ca
gavam laksham manoharam
nando danam dadau tatah
The Nanda gave in charity ten thousand bulls, a hundred
thousand beautiful cows, and two hundred thousand bharas of