Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 22, CANADA (SUN)
Canto One, Volume Four
Subduing Kaliya and Drinking the Forest Fire
balam vinatha gopalais
carayan ga harih svayam
Sri Narada said: One day, as in Balarama's absence He was
herding the cows with the gopas as His company, Krishna came to the
shore of the Yamuna, which at that time was filled with poisoned
jalam yatra vidushitam
pitva nipetur vyasavo
gavo gopa jalantike
When they drank the water poisoned by the snake-king Kaliya,
the cows and gopas at once fell dead at the water's edge.
tada tan jivayam asa
ardra-citto harih sakshad
Then with a nectar-filled glance Krishna, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, the savior from distress, His heart
melting with compassion, brought them back to life.
katau pita-patam baddhva
nipam aruhya madhavah
Tightening the yellow sash about His waist and climbing a
kadamba tree, Krishna dove from that tall tree into the poisoned
uccacala jalam dushtam
bhringi-bhutam babhuva ha
As Krishna thrashed about, the poisoned water rose in great
waves. Krishna was like a wasp that had entered the snake's river-
tadaiva kaliyah kruddhah
dasan dantais ca bhujaya
cacchada nripa madhavam
Then the snake Kaliya, who had a hundred heads, coiled
himself around Krishna and with many fangs bit Him.
Texts 7 and 8
krishno dirgham vapuh kritva
bandhanan nirgatas ca tam
pucche grihitva sarpendram
bhramayitva tv itas tatah
jale nipatya hastabhyam
punar utthaya sarpendro
Expanding His form, Krishna broke free of the snake's
clutches. With both hands grabbing its tail, Krishna whirled the
snake-king and tossed it two hundred yards away in the water.
When the terrifying snake-king rose again, it was licking its
vama-haste harim sarpo
rusha jagraha madhavam
grihitva tam maha-khalam
The snake angrily grabbed Krishna's left hand. Then with His
right hand Krishna grabbed the demon-snake.
taj-jale pothayam asa
suparna iva pannagam
sarpo mukha-satam dirgham
prasarya punar agatah
Krishna threw the snake far away, as Garuda would have thrown
it. Expanding its hundred hoods, the snake returned.
pucche grihitva tam krishnas
sarpas tam vyadasat punah
Then Krishna grabbed the snake's tail and suddenly threw it
two hundred yards away. As it was being thrown by Krishna's hand,
the snake bit the Lord again.
tatada mushtina sarpam
Then Krishna, who has all the strength in the three worlds,
punched the snake. With Krishna's punch, the snake fell
sthito 'bhut krishna-sammukhe
nanarta natavat krishno
gayan sapta-svarai ragam
sangitam ca sa-talakam
pushpair deveshu varshatsu
vadayan sa muda vina-
When the snake's heads were down, handsome Krishna climbed on
its hundred jewel-decorated hoods. Singing melodies in the seven-
note scale and playing the flute, drum, and vina, as the demigods
showered flowers, Krishna furiously danced, as does Lord Siva, the
king of dancers.
tat-phanan sojjvalan bahun
babhanja svasatah krishnah
With rhythmic dance-steps, Krishna broke the many splendid
hoods of the great saint that was the hissing snake Kaliya.
tadaiva naga-patnyas ta
natva krishna-padam devam
ucur gadgadaya gira
Terrified, the snake's wives came. Bowing to Krishna's feet,
with words choked with emotion, they spoke to the Lord.
The snake's wives said: Obeisances to You, Sri Krishnacandra,
the master of Goloka! Obeisances to You, the original Supreme
Personality of Godhead, the master of numberless universes!
vrajadhisaya te namah
Obeisances to You, the master of Radha, the master of Vraja!
Obeisances to You, the son of Nanda, the joy of Yasoda!
pahi pahi para-deva pannagam
tvat-param na saranam jagat-traye
tvam parat parataro harih svayam
lilaya kila tanoshi vigraham
Save, Save this snake, O Supreme Lord! In the three worlds
there is no shelter but You! You are Lord Hari, who is greater
than the greatest. As You enjoy Your pastimes You appear in many
visasarja harih sakshat
Sri Narada said: When the snake's wives offered these
prayers, Krishna, the original Supreme Personality of Godhead, made
Kaliya completely prideless.
pahiti pravadantam tam
kaliyam bhagavan harih
pranatam sammukhe praptam
praha devo janardanah
When Kaliya bowed down and said, "Please save me!"
Lord Krishna, the savior from miseries, spoke to him.
dvipam ramanakam gaccha
suparno 'dyatanat tvam vai
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: With Your wives and
relatives go the Ramanaka-dvipa. From today on Garuda will not
eat you, because you are marked with My footprints.
sarpah krishnam tu sampujya
parikramya pranamya tam
dvipam ramanakam yayau
Sri Narada said: After worshiping, circumambulating, and
bowing down before Lord Krishna, the snake, with its wives and
children, went to Ramanaka-dvipa.
atha srutva kaliyena
nandadyah sakala janah
Hearing that Krishna was captured by Kaliya, Nanda Maharaja
and all the cowherd people came there.
jalad vinirgatam krishnam
drishtva mumudire janah
aslishya sva-sutam nandah
param mudam avapa ha
Seeing Krishna emerge from the water, the people rejoiced. As
he embraced his son, Nanda attained the highest bliss.
sutam labdhva yasoda sa
dadau danam dvijatibhyah
When Yasoda attained her son, milk flowed from her breasts.
For her son's welfare she gave charity to the brahmanas.
tatraiva sayanam cakrur
gopah sarve parisramat
Then the exhausted gopas and gopis napped by the Yamuna's
nisithe sarvato gopan
dagdhum agatavan sphuran
Born from the natural fricton of the bamboos, a forest fire
like the great fire at the end of creation came in the middle of
the night to consume the gopas.
gopa vayasyah sri-krishnam
sa-balam saranam gatah
natva kritanjalim kritva
tam ucur bhaya-katarah
Overcome with fear, the gopas took shelter of Krishna and
Balarama. Bowing down and folding their hands, they spoke to Him.
krishna krishna maha-baho
pahi pahi vane kashtad
davagneh sva-janan prabho
The gopas said: Krishna! Krishna! O mighty-armed one! O Lord
affectionate to the surrendered souls who take shelter of You!
Save us! Save us, Your own people, from this terrible forest-
ity uktva vahnim apibad
Saying, "Don't be afraid! Just close your eyes",
Lord Krishna, the king of the kings of yoga, drank up the forest
pratar gopa-ganaih sardham
go-ganaih sahitah srimad-
Then, early in the morning, with the cows and the astonished
gopas, Krishna went to the pastures of Vraja.