Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 23, CANADA (SUN)
Canto One, Volume Four
The Story of Sesha
yad-rajo durlabham loke
tat-padabjam hareh sakshad
Sri Bahulasva said: After many births even the great yogis
in this world cannot attain the dust of the Lord's feet. Still,
Lord Krishna placed His lotus feet directly on Kaliya's heads.
ko 'yam purvam kusala-krit
kaliyo phaninam varah
enam veditum icchami
What pious deeds did Kaliya, the best of snakes, do in his
previous birth? This I wish to know. Please tell me this, O best
of divine sages.
namna vedasira munih
vindhyacale tapo 'karshid
Sri Narada said: In ancient times, during the Svayambhuva-
manvantara, a sage named Vedasira Muni, who was a descendent of
Bhrigu Muni, performed austerities in the Vindhya Hills.
tad-asrame tapah kartum
prapto hy asvasira munih
tam vikshya rakta-nayanah
praha vedasira rusha
Then, one day a sage named Asvasira Muni came to perform
austerities at this sage's asrama. With red eyes staring at his
guest, Vedasira Muni angrily spoke.
mamasrame tapo vipra
ma kuryah sukhadam na hi
anyatra te tapo-yogya
bhumir nasti tapo-dhana
Sri Vedasira said: O brahmana, don't perform austerities in
my asrama. O sage whose wealth is austerity, is there no other
place where you can happily perform austerities?
vakyam hy asvasira munih
praha tam muni-pungavam
Sri Narada said: When he heard Vedasira's words, Asvasira
Muni became angry. With red eyes he spoke to the best of sages.
maha-vishnor iyam bhumir
na te me muni-sattama
katibhir munibhis catra
na kritam tapa uttamam
Sri Asvasira said: O best of sages, this place belongs to
Lord Maha-Vishnu. It does not belong to you or me. Have not many
sages already performed great austerities here?
svasan sarpa iva tvam bho
vritha krodham karoshi hi
tada sarpo bhava tvam hi
bhuyat te garudad bhayam
You are angry for no reason. You hiss as if you were a
snake. Become a snake! You will be terrified of Garuda.
karyarthi kaka iva kau
tvam kako bhava durmate
Sri Vedasira said: Fool, for a slight offense you plot a
great revenge! On this earth you are like a crow. Fool, become a
avirasit tato vishnur
ittham ca sapatos tayoh
santvayam asa tau gira
Sri Narada said: Then Lord Vishnu appeared and consoled the
two sages, who were now unhappy with their curses.
yuvam tu me samau bhaktau
bhujav iva tanau muni
sva-vakyam tu mrisha kartum
samartho 'ham munisvarau
bhakta-vakyam mrisha kartum
necchami sapatho mama
te murdhni he vedasiras
caranau me bhavishyatah
tada te garuda-bhitir
na bhavishyati karhicit
srinu me 'svasiro vakyam
socam ma kuru ma kuru
kaka-rupo 'pi su-jnanam
te bhavishyati niscitam
param trailokikam jnanam
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: You are both
equally devoted to Me. O sages, you are like the two arms of My
body. O kings of the sages, I can make My own words false, but I
do not wish to allow the words of my devotees to become false.
That is My vow. O Vedasira, I will place My footprints on your
head. Because of them you will never fear Garuda. O Asvasira,
hear My words. Don't lament. Please don't lament. You will have
the form of a crow, but you will have transcendental knowledge.
You will have yoga-siddhis and the highest knowledge in the three
ity uktvatha gate vishnau
munir asvasira nripa
sakshat kaka-bhushundo 'bhud
Sri Narada said: After speaking these words, Lord Vishnu
departed. O king, then the sage Asvasira became the crow Bhushunda
on Mount Nila.
ramayanam jagau yo vai
He was devoted to Lord Ramacandra. He was very powerful. He
was a lamp shining on the meanings of all the scriptures. To
Garuda he recited the Ramayana.
cakshushe hy antare prapte
dakshah pracetaso nripa
kasyapaya dadau kanya
O king, during the Cakshusha-manvantara Prajapati Daksha gave
his eleven beautiful daughters in marriage to Kasyapa Muni.
tasam kadrus ca ya sreshtha
sadyaiva rohini smrita
baladevo 'bhavat sutah
Kadru was the best of them. Today Kadru is Rohini. She is
dear to Maharaja Vasudeva. Lord Balarama was born as her son.
Texts 19 and 20
sa kadrus ca maha-sarpan
janayam asa kotisah
duhsahams ca satananan
tesham vedasira nama
kaliyo 'bhud maha-phani
Kadru gave birth to many millions of great, powerful,
invincible jewel-decorated, and very poisonous snakes, some
having five-hundred heads, and others having a hundred heads.
Among them Vedasira became the great snake Kaliya.
tesham adau phanindro 'bhuc
chesho 'nantah parat parah
so 'dyaiva baladevo 'sti
ramo 'nanto 'cyutagrajah
Ananta Sesha, the king of snakes, who is greater than the
greatest, was the first of them. Today Ananta is Balarama, the
elder brother of the infallible Supreme Personality of Godhead.
ekada sri-harih sakshad
bhagavan prakriteh parah
sesham praha prasannatma
One day Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who
is beyond the worlkd of matter and is always happy at heart, with
words like the rumbling of clouds, spoke to Ananta Sesha.
samarthyam kasyacin na hi
tasmad enam mahi-golam
murdhni tvam hi samuddhara
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: No one else has the
power to hold up the planets of Bhu-mandala. You please carry
these planets on Your head.
ananta-vikramas tvam vai
yato 'nanta iti smritah
idam karyam prakartavyam
Your power is endless, and therefore You are known as Ananta
(the endless). Please accept this duty for the welfare of the
avadhim kuru yavat tvam
dharoddharasya me prabho
tavat te vacanad iha
Sri Sesha said: O Lord, please put some limit on how long I
must hold the world. Then, according Your word, I will hold up
uccaram ca prithak prithak
kuru sarpendra sarvatah
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O king of snakes,
with Your thousand mouths always chant My names, names that
reveal My transcendental qualities.
man-namani ca divyani
yada yanty avasanatam
tada bhu-bharam uttarya
phanis tvam su-sukhi bhava
When You come to the end of all My transcendental names You
can put down the burden of Bhu-mandala and relax.
adharo 'yam bhavishyami
mad-adharas ca ko bhavet
niradharah katham toye
tishthami kathaya prabho
Sri Sesha said: I will hold up Bhu-mandala. But who will hold Me up? Without support how can I stand in the water? O Lord,
please tell Me.
aham ca kamatho bhutva
dharayishyami te tanum
ma socam kuru mat-sakhe
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: I will become a
turtle and then I will hold You up. O My friend, don't be unhappy
to hold such a great burden for such a long time.
tada seshah samutthaya
jagama nripa patalad
adho vai laksha-yojanam
Sri Narada said: O king, then Lord Sesha rose, bowed down
before Lord Krishna who holds the flag of Garuda, and went eight
hundred thousand miles below Patalaloka
dadhara sva-pane sesho
'py ekasmims canda-vikramah
Then very powerful Ananta Sesha picked up Bhu-mandala and
held it in one hand.
sankarshane 'tha patale
gate 'nante parat pare
anye phanindras tam anu
When Sankarshana Ananta went to Patalaloka, by Brahma's order
the other great snakes followed Him.
atale vitale kecit
sutale ca mahatale
talatale tatha kecit
sampraptas te rasatale
Some went to Atalaloka and others to Sutalaloka,
Mahatalaloka, Talatalaloka, and Rasatalaloka.
tebhyas tu brahmana dattam
dvipam ramanakam bhuvi
Many snakes headed by Kaliya happily lived in Ramanaka-
dvipa, the home Brahma gave to them.
iti te kathitam rajan
bhuktidam muktidam saram
kim bhuyah srotum icchasi
O king, thus I have told you Kaliya's story, which grants
both happiness in this world and also liberation. What more do
you wish to hear?