Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 18, CANADA (SUN)
Canto One, Volume Four
Description of Seeing Lord Krishna
adrishtva vatsakan etya
vatsapan puline harih
ubhau vicinvan vipine
mene karma vidheh kritam
Sri Narada said: Not seeing the calves, returning to the
riverbank and not seeing the gopas, and then searching in the
forest for them both, Krishna thought, "This must be
tato gavam gopikanam
mudam kartum sa lilaya
sarvam tu visva-kric cakre
hy atmanam ubhayayitam
Then, to please the cows and gopis, Lord Krishna, who is the
creator of the universes, made Himself into (the calves and
Texts 3 and 4
tavac chri-harina svatah
sarvam vishnumayam visvam
iti vakyam pradarsitam
Whatever were the gopas' and calves' forms, with their
hands, feet, and other parts, whatever were their sticks, horns,
and other possessions, whatever were their characters, qualities,
and other features, and whatever were their clothes, ornaments,
and other things, Lord Krishna perfectly copied. In this way He
proved the Vedic statement: "sarvam vishnumayam visvam"
(The entire universe is Lord Vishnu).
carayan kridaya harih
As the sun was setting on the western horizon, Krishna,
herding calves that were in truth Himself, and accompanied by
gopas that were also Himself, playfully entered Nanda's village.
tat-tad-goshthe prithan nitva
tat-tad-vatsan pravesya ca
krishno 'bhavat tat-tad-atma
The many gopas, who were all Krishna, led the various calves,
who were also Krishna, to their respective barns. Then the gopas
entered their own homes.
srutva vamsi-ravam gopyah
sambhramac chighram utthitah
payamsi payayam asur
lalayitva sutan prithak
Hearing the sound of the flute, the gopis fainted and then
suddenly stood up. As milk flowed from them, each embraced her
svan svan vatmsams tatha gavo
rambhamanan nirikshya ca
payamsi ca hy apayayan
Seeing their calves, the cows mooed. They licked the calves
with their tongues, and made the calves drink their milk.
abhavan matarah sarva
gopyo gavo harer aho
ati-sneham ca vavridhe
purvato hi catur-gunam
In this way all the gopis and cows became Krishna's mothers.
Their love for their children became four times what it had been.
sva-putran lalayitva tu
pascad gopyas ca krishnasya
darsanam kartum ayayuh
As they embraced, bathed, massaged, and in other ways served
their sons, the gopis now gazed on Lord Krishna.
anekanam tu balanam
babhuvus tah vraje vadhvo
ratah krishne tu kotisah
Then the millions of gopi girls, who were all deeply in love
with Krishna, were married to the many gopa boys, who at that time
were all forms of Krishna.
svatmanam hy atmana hareh
palito vatsaras caiko
In the circle of Vraja one year passed with Krishna disguising
Himself as both the calves and gopas. He was the calves and He
was the gopas protecting the calves.
sa-ramas caikadha vatsams
caranyam carayan yayau
pancashasu ca ratrishu
On the day when there were only five nights remaining to
complete the year, Krishna and Balarama went to the forest as They
herded the calves.
tatrapi durac caratas ca gavo
vatsan upavrajya gires ca sringat
lihanti cangani vilokayantyo
hy apayayams ta amritani sadyah
From far away on the summit of Govardhana Hill the cows ran
to their calves, licked their bodies, gazed on them, and made
them drink the nectar of their milk.
govardhanad adho vatsan
pita-dugdhan vilokya ca
snehavritah sthita gas ca
gopala dadrisur nripa
O king, the cowherd men saw the calves, who had already
drunk their (mothers') milk, staying below Govardhana Hill, and
they saw the cows, overcome with love for their calves, also
tatah krodhena mahata
parvatad avatirya ca
ajagmuh kacchato drutam
As the men came down from the hill to hit the cows, they
suddenly came upon their own sons.
tadagata samipe tu
svan svan sutams tadonniya
hy anke kritva milanti vai
Meeting them, the gopa men immediately placed their sons on
yatha yuvano vriddhas ca
svan svan pautran grihitva tu
hy upavishta milanti hi
Young and old were flooded with tears of love. The men
embraced their sons and grandsons and sat down with them.
evam prema-paran sarvan
drishtva sankarshano balah
kritva manasi so 'bravit
Seeing everyone so affectionate, powerful Balarama had many
doubts. In His mind he said:
aho kim vatsarat prapto
na jnato 'pi vraje maya
ati-snehas tu sarvesham
vardhate ca dine dine
I do not understand what has happened for the past year.
Everyone is so affectionate, and their love increases day after
keyam maya samayata
nanya me mohini maya
vina krishnasya sampratam
Is this an illusion made by the devas, gandharvas, or
rakshasas? No one but Krishna can bewilder Me.
evam vicarya ramas tu
locane sve nyamilayat
bhutam bhavyam bhavishyam ca
divyakshabhyam dadarsa ha
Thinking this, Balarama closed His eyes. Then with
transcendental eyes He looked at the past, present, and future.
sarvan vatsams tatha gopan
He saw that all the calves and gopas had become dark boys,
each decorated with a flute and stick, peacock feathers, Bhrigu
Muni's footprint, . . .
jalakanam maninam ca
gunjanam sragbhir eva ca
padmanam kumudanam ca
hy esham sragbhir vibhushitan
. . . necklaces of flowers, jewels, gunja, lotuses, and
water lilies, . . .
ushnisair mukutair divyaih
kundalair alakair vritan
. . . turbans, crowns, and splendid earrings, endowed with curly
locks of hair, making showers of bliss with the glances of their
autumn-lotus eyes, . . .
. . . more handsome than millions of Kamadevas, their noses
decorated with pearls and their heads and hands decorated with
many ornaments, . . .
dvi-bhujan pita-vastrais ca
sobhabhih sobhitan subhan
. . . having two arms, glorious with yellow garments, belts,
bracelets, and anklets, and more glorious than millions of rising
yamunayas ca dakshine
sarvan krishnam halayudhah
Balarama saw that all these forms on top of Govardhana Hill,
and in Vrindavana forest south of the Yamuna were all Krishna.
jnatva krishna-kritam karma
tatha vidhi-kritam balah
punar vatsan vatsapams ca
pasyan krishnam uvaca ha
Understanding what Brahma had done and what Krishna had done,
and looking again at the calves and gopas, Balarama said to
brahmananto dharma indrah sivas ca
sevante tam bhakti-yuktah sadaite
svatmaramah purna-kamah paresah
srashtum saktah kotiso 'ndani yah khe
The devotees Brahma, Ananta, Yama, Indra, and Siva always
worship the Supreme Lord, who is the controller of everything,
who is self-satisfied, whose desires are always fulfilled, and
who has the power to create many millions of universes in the
evam bruvati sri-rame
tavat tatragato vidhih
dadarsa krishnam ramam ca
vatsakair vatsapaih samam
Sri Narada said: As Balarama was speaking, Brahma came there
and saw Krishna, Balarama, the calves, and the gopas.
aho krishnena canita
yatra sarve dhrita maya
iti bruvan yayau sthane
tatra sarvan dadarsa sah
Saying, "Krishna brought back all the (calves and
gopas) I took away," Brahma left and saw them all still there
(where he had hid them).
drishtva prasuptan sarvams tu
sa agatya vraje punah
vatsapalair harim vikshya
manasi praha vismitah
Seeing them all still asleep, he returned to Vraja and gazed
again at Krishna and the gopas. Astonished, in his mind he said:
aho vicitram te sarve
kutra sthanat samagatah
kridanto purvavac catra
sakam krishnena kridanaih
This is a great wonder. From where did all these boys come
that now they are playing with Krishna just as before?
mat-trutir vatsaras caiko
vyatito 'bhun mahi-tale
sarve prasannatam prapta
na jnatah kenacit kvacit
What is for me only a moment is a year on earth. I don't
understand how they are still manifested as before.
evam sammohayan brahma
sva-gatram naiva drishtavan
In this way Brahma, who bewilders the entire universe, was
so blinded by Krishna's illusion that he could not see even his own
kim abhuj jagatah pateh
aho khadyota-vad vedha
What happened to Brahma, the master of the universe, after
he stole the gopas? The creator Brahma became like a firefly
standing before the sun of Sri Krishna.
evam vimuhyati sati
jadi-bhute ca brahmani
krishnah svam darsanam dadau
As Brahma stood, stunned and bewildered, Krishna mercifully
removed His own illusory potency and revealed Himself.
evam tatra sakrid brahma
sarvan acashta sri-krishnam
With eyes of knowledge Brahma devotedly gazed at the calves
and gopa boys and saw that they were all Sri Krishna.
dadarsatha vidhis tatra
bahir antah sariratah
svatmana sahitam rajan
sarvam vishnumayam jagat
O king, Brahma then saw that the entire universe, including all that
was inside and outside his body, and including his own self, was
all the potency of Lord Vishnu.
evam vilokya brahma tu
jado bhutva sthiro 'bhavat
pradrisyeta yatha tatha
Gazing at this, Brahma became stunned. He looked like an
unmoving tulasi plant in Vrindavana forest.
svatmano mahimam drashtum
hy anise 'pi ca brahmani
cacchada sapadi jnatva
Aware that Brahma had no power to continue gazing at the
Lord's glories, Krishna at once pulled the curtain of His illusory
srashta supta ivotthitah
unmilya nayane kricchrad
Then, his eyes covered, the creator Brahma became as if
asleep. Awakening, and with difficulty opening his eyes, he saw
Vrindavana and he also saw himself.
samahitas tatra bhutva
sadyo 'pasyad diso dasa
Now composed and peaceful, in the ten directions he saw,
filled with flowering vasanti vines, charming and beautiful
Vrindavana, . . .
syenaih kapota nakulaih
. . . where without any enmity fawns play with tiger cubs, doves
play with eagles, and snakes play with mongeese.
tatas ca vrindakaranye
vatsan sakhin vicinvantam
ekam krishnam dadarsa sah
Then Brahma saw Krishna, with a morsel of food in His hand,
searching for His calves and friends in Vrindavana forest.
jnatva sakshad dharim brahma
bhito 'bhut sva-kritena ca
Gazing at Him, and suddenly understanding that Krishna was
Lord Hari, the beloved of Goloka, the Supreme Personality of
Godhead now disguised as an ordinary gopa, Brahma became afraid
for what he had done.
tam prasadayitum rajan
jvalantam sarvato disam
hy avatirya sva-vahanat
O king, to beg for pardon from the Lord, whose glory filled
all directions, Brahma, speechless with embarrassment, descended
from his swan-carrier.
prasideti vadan naman
sa papatatha dandavat
Slowly he approached the Lord. Saying, "Please be
kind", bowing down, and with a streams of tears offering arghya,
he fell down like a stick.
utthayasvasya tam krishnah
priyam priya iva sprisan
suran su-bhuvi dura-sthan
Pulling Brahma up, comforting him, and gently touching him
as a lover touches his beloved, Lord Krishna, His eyes wet with
nectar, glanced at the many demigods now standing far away.
stuvatam namatam samam
sanandah sambhramo 'bhavat
When the demigods received Lord Krishna's merciful glance they
called out, "Glory! Glory!", bowed down, and offered
prayers. Pleased with them, Krishna offered them all respect.
drishtva harim tatra samasthitam vidhir
nanama tam bhakti-manah kritanjalih
stutim cakarasu sa dandaval luthan
prahrishta-roma bhuvi gadgadaksharah
Gazing at Lord Krishna standing there, and his heart filled
with devotion, with folded hands Brahma bowed down. Falling like
a stick to the ground, the hairs of his body erect in ecstasy,
and his voice choked with emotion, Brahma offered prayers.