Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 29, CANADA (SUN)
Canto Two, Chapter Two
The Rasa-dance Pastime
radhayai darsanam dattva
agre cakara kam lilam
Sri Bahulasva said: After He tested Radha's love and then
revealed Himself to Her, what pastime did the Lord enjoy?
madhavo madhave masi
rasam rasesvarah svayam
Sri Narada said: In the month of Madhava (April-May), when
Vrindavana forest was filled with blossoming madhavi vines, Lord
Krishna, the king of the rasa dance, began the rasa-dance pastime.
jate candrodaye subhe
On the fifth day of the month of Madhava, as the moon
beautifully rose, in a garden by the Yamuna's shore handsome
Krishna enjoyed with Sri Radha, the queen of the rasa dance.
pura maithila golokad
bhumir ya kau samagata
sarva babhuva sauvarna-
O king of Mithila, in an instant the gold and ruby ground of
Goloka came to the the earth.
dadhat kama-dughair drumaih
madhavibhir latabhis ca
Then Vrindavana forest manifested its transcendental form.
Filled with madhavi vines and kalpa-vriksha trees, it eclipsed the
Nandana gardens of Indra.
raraja yamuna rajan
O king, with jewel stairways, glittering golden arches, and
many swans and lotuses, the Yamuna shone with great splendor.
Texts 7 and 8
nirjharaih sundaribhis ca
reje govardhano nama
It's rocks jewels, its beautiful glittering peaks made of
jewels, beautiful with many birds, flowering vines, swiftly-
moving streams, beautiful caves, and many bumblebees, the king of
mountains, which was named Govardhana, was splendidly manifest as
if it were the king of elephants.
Texts 9 and 10
sarve nikunjah parito
sauvarnaih kalasair nripa
Manifesting their spiritual forms, all the forest groves
were splendidly manifest with many assembly-houses, pavilions,
pathways, courtyards, rows of pillars, fluttering flags, and
flower palaces with splendid golden domes and red and white
Texts 11 and 12
paravatair mayurais ca
yatra tatra nikujitah
patadbhir madhu-mattais ca
kunjah sarve virajitah
Filled with the sweetness of spring, with cooing cuckoos,
cranes, paravatas, peacocks, and with honey-intoxicated bees
singing the sacred stories of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna, all the
forest groves shone with great glory.
puline sitalo vayur
manda-gami vahaty alam
rajo vikshepayan muhuh
Carrying the pollen of thousand-petal lotuses, a gentle and
cool breeze blew along the riverbank.
kascid vai dvara-palikah
Some of the gopis were residents of Goloka, some arranged
the couches, some made decorations, some guarded the entrances, . . .
. . . some were Radha's associates and friends, some carried
parasols, camaras, and flower decorations in their hands, some
were protectors of Vrindavana forest, . . .
. . . some lived on Govardhana Hill, some decorated the forest
groves, some stayed in the forest groves, some were dancers, and
some played musical instruments.
sarva vai candra-vadanah
asam dvadasa-yuthas ca-
O king, they were all young and they all had faces glorious
as the moon. In twelve groups they approached Sri Krishna.
tathaiva yamuna sakshad
Then the Yamuna became a dark-complexioned, lotus-eyed,
dressed in blue and decorated with jewels leader of a group of
gopis, and came there.
tathaiva jahnavi ganga
Then the Ganga became a fair-complexioned, dressed in white
and decorated with pearls leader of a group of gopis, and she
also came there.
tathayayau rama sakshad
Then goddess Rama became a gently smiling, moon-
complexioned, dressed in red and decorated with rubies leader of
a group of gopis, and she also came there.
namna ya madhu-madhavi
Then Lord Krishna's wife named Madhumadhavi become a lotus-
complexioned, dressed in beautiful garments and decorated with flowers leader of a group of gopis, and she also came there.
tathaiva viraja sakshad
Then the Viraja river became a golden-complexioned, dressed in green and decorated with jewels leader of a group of gopis, and she also came there.
evam tv ashta-sakhinam ca
sakhinam kila shodasa
Then the groups led by Lalita, Visakha, and goddess Lakshmi came. In this way the eight principal friends of Sri Radha came and sixteen more friends also came.
dva-trimsac ca sakhinam ca
yutha sarve samayayuh
raraja bhagavan rajan
Then thirty-two more groups of gopis came. O king, accompanied by these many women, the Lord was splendidly manifest in the rasa-dance circle.
candras tara-ganair yatha
Then in Vrindavana forest Lord Krishna became like a handsome dancer dressed in yellow garments. He became like a moon accompanied by many stars in the sky.
Texts 26 and 27
vetra-bhrid vadayan vamsim
gopinam pritim avahan
radhaya susubhe rase
yatha ratya ratisvarah
evam gayan harih sakshat
Holding a stick, wearing a garland, earrings, and a peacock-feather crown, playing the flute, singing, surrounded by the beautiful gopis, and full of love for them, Lord Krishna shone with Radha in the rasa dance, as Kamadeva shines with Rati.
ayayau radhaya yutah
Taking His beloved Radha's lotus hand in His lotus hand, Lord Krishna went to the Yamuna's sacred shore.
nishasada harih krishna-
punar jalpan su-madhuram
pasyan vrindavanam priyam
Looking at His beloved Vrindavana forest, and sweetly conversing, Lord Krishna sat down by the Yamuna's beautiful waters.
calan hasan radhikaya
kunjam kunjam cacara ha
kunje niliyamanam tam
tvaram tyaktva priya-karam
Smiling and laughing, He walked with Radha from forest grove to forest grove. Suddenly slipping from His beloved's hand, He hid among the trees.
radha jagraha madhavam
radha dudrava tad-dhastaj
jhankaram kurvati pade
Seeing Him hiding among the trees, Radha captured Krishna. Then Radha slipped from His hand and ran away, Her anklets tinkling.
pasyato madhavasya ca
dhavan harir gato yavat
tavad radha tato gata
Krishna looked as She hid among the trees. Wherever Radha ran, Krishna ran after Her.
itas cetas ca dhavati
tamalo hema-vally eva
ghanas cancalaya yatha
Only a hand away, She ran among the trees. They were like a tamala tree and a golden vine or a monsoon cloud and a lightning flash.
reje radhikaya harih
Like a dark mountain and a gold mine, Lord Krishna, who is more enchanting then Kamadeva, shone with Radha, the most enchanting girl in the world.
ratyeva madano yatha
dhritva rupani tavanti
It was as if Kamadeva and Rati had taken the forms of Lord Krishna and the girls of Vraja in the rasa-dance arena.
nanarta rasa-range 'sau
ranga-bhumyam nato yatha
gayantyas capi nrityantyah
sarva gopyo manoharah
Lord Krishna danced in the rasa-dance arena and all the beautiful gopis also sang and danced.
virejuh krishnacandrais ca
yatha sakraih suranganah
varam viharam krishnayam
The gopis shone with many Lord Krishnacandras as the demigoddesses shine with many Indras. Then Lord Krishna enjoyed pastimes in the Yamuna.
sarvair gopi-ganaih sardham
yakshibhir yaksha-rad iva
prasunaih pracyutaih subhaih
citra-varnair babhau krishno
Lord Krishna enjoyed pastimes with the gopis as the Yaksha king enjoys with many yakshis. Splendid with many wonderfully colorful and beautiful flowers fallen from the gopis' braids, Lord Krishna seemed to be marked with many verses written in the meter ushnik.
jagur yasas ta madhusudanasya
prapur mudam purna-manorathas calat-
prasuna-hara harina gata-vyathah
Accompanied by the sweet sounds of mriangas and karatalas, and their flower garlands moving to and fro, they sang the glories of Lord Krishna. Free of troubles and their desires now fulfilled, they attained great happiness.
reje gajibhir gaja-rad iva svayam
With His glorious hand splashing an unequalled shower of water drops, Lord Krishna, the king of Vrindavana, enjoyed with the beautiful girls of Vraja as an elephant king enjoys with many female elephants.
pasyantyas ta rasa-rangam divi-sthah
devaih sardham cakrire pushpa-varsham
moham praptah praslathad-vastra-nivyah
As in the sky they looked on, the wives of the vidyadharas, devas, and gandharvas became entranced and their garments and tight belts became loosened. With the demigods they showered flowers on the rasa-dance arena.