Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 31, CANADA (SUN)
Canto Two, Volume Three
The Rasa-dance Pastime
ittham kundavane ramye
malatinam vane subhe
nimbunam sa-ghane vane
dadiminam ca drakshanam
badamanam vane nripa
kutajanam tathaiva ca
vatanam panasanam ca
pippalanam vane subhe
mandaranam vane harih
caran kamavanam pragad
of malati, mango, orange, lime, pomegranate, grape, badamana, kadamba, sriphala, kutaja, banyan, panasa, pippala, tulasi, kovidara, ketaki, kadali, karilla, bakula, and mandara, Lord Krishna came to Kamavana forest.
tatraiva parvate krishno
murcchita vihvala jatas
On a hill there Lord Krishna sweetly played the flute. That music made the girls of Vraja faint.
slathan-nivyah suraih saha
kasmalam prayayu rajan
O king, wounded by Kamadeva's arrows, and their tight belts now loosened, the demigoddesses also fainted because of that music as they flew in airplanes with the demigods.
sthavarair moham asthitah
nadyo nadah sthiri-bhutah
parvata dravatam gatah
Because of that music the four kinds of moving and unmoving living entities fainted, the rivers and streams became stunned, and the hills and mountains melted.
girih kamavane 'bhavat
naro yati kritarthatam
That hill in Kamavana became decorated with Lord Krishna's footprints. Simply by seeing that hill one attains the goal of life.
atha gopi-ganaih sakam
tate rasam cakara ha
Then Sri Krishna, the Lord of Radha, enjoyed a rasa dance with the gopis on the great peak of Nandisvara Hill.
tatra gopyo 'ti-maninyo
tas tyaktva radhaya sardham
O king of Mithila, at that time the gopis became very proud, so Lord Krishna left them. He disappeared with Radha.
gopyas ca sarva virahatura bhrisam
krishnam vina maithila nirjane vane
ta babhramus casru-kulakulakshyo
yatha harinyas cakita itas tatah
O king of Mithila, separated from Krishna, the gopis were overcome with sorrow. Their eyes filled with tears, they wandered here and there in the forest wilderness as if they were frightened deer.
krishnam hy apasyantya iti vyatham gata
yatha karinyah karinam vane vane
yatha kuraryah kuraram vrajanganah
sarva rudantyo virahatura bhrisam
Not seeing Krishna anywhere, they became filled with sorrow. They became like female elephants that cannot find their mate or kurari birds that cannot find their husband. Separated from Krishna, all the girls of Vraja wept.
sarva militva ca prithag vane vane
papracchur aran nripa nanda-nandanam
kutra sthitam tam vadatasu bhuruhah
O king, in forest after forest they approached the trees and vines and asked, as if they had become mad, "Where is the son of Nanda? O trees and plants, please tell us."
sri-krishna krishneti gira vadantyah
sri-krishna-rupas tu babhuvur anganas
citram na pesas-kritam etya kita-vat
The girls called out, "O Sri Krishna! O Krishna!" their hearts paasionately attached to Sri Krishna's lotus feet. Then they pretended to have become Krishna. This is not surprising. They were like bumblebees attracted to Sri Krishna's glory.
sri-padukabjam saranam prapannah
Approaching Krishna's footprints on the ground, the gopis surrendered to His lotus feet.
tatas tu tat-prasadena
dadrisur gam tada gopyo
When He saw them worship His feet, the Lord became merciful. For this reason the gopis were able to see a place marked with the Lord's footprints.
radheso radhaya sardham
hitva gopir yayau kva bhoh
tad-darsanam katham jatam
gopinam vada me prabho
Sri Bahulasva said: When He left the gopis, where did Krishna take Radha? How did the gopis again see Krishna? O lord, please tell me.
sri-krishno radhaya sardham
racanam sa cakara ha
Sri Narada said: Krishna and Radha entered a banyan forest. There Krishna decorated His beloved with kabari flowers.
There Radha made curls on Krishna's black hair and wonderful pictures and designs on the circle of His full-moon face.
evam krishno bhadravanam
khadiranam vanam mahat
bilvanam ca vanam pasyan
kokilakhyam vanam gatah
Then, gazing at the great forests Bhadravana, Khadiravana, and Bilvavana as He went, Krishna entered the forest named Kokilavana.
gopyah krishnam vicinvantyo
dadrisus tat-padani ca
As they searched for Krishna, the gopis found His footprints marked with a barleycorn, cakra, flag, parasol, svastika, elephant-goad, bindu, . . .
. . . eight-pointed star, thunderbolt, lotus, conchshell, waterpot, fish, triangle, urdhva-rekha line, . . .
vrajantyo gopikas tatah
. . . bow, cow's hoofprint, and half-moon. As the gopis followed the Supreme Lord's footprints, . . .
tad-rajah satatam nitva
dhritva murdhni vrajanganah
padany anyani dadrisur
. . . and as they again and again took the dust from those footprints and placed it to their heads, the girls of Vraja saw another set of footprints marked with different signs, . . .
bindubhih sobhitani ca
. . . marked with a flag, lotus, parasol, barleycorn, urdhva-rekha line, cakra, half-moon, elephant-goad, many bindus, . . .
. . . many clove vines, a club, fish, conchshell, mountain-king, many sakti-weapons, . . .
vikshya prahu radhikaya
gato 'sau nanda-nandanah
. . . throne, chariot, and two bindus. O king, looking at these wonderful footprints, the gopis said, "The son of Nanda has come here in Radha's company."
kokilakhyam vanam gatah
radhikam praha madhavah
The gopis followed these lotus footprints into Kokilavana forest. When He heard the tumultous sounds of the gopis as they came, Krishna said to Radha:
radhe sarpa tvaram priye
agata gopikah sarvas
tvam neshyanti hi sarvatah
O Radha, O beloved, O girl splendid as ten million moons, go quickly, All these gopis have come to take You from Me.
tada manavati radha
bhutva praha rama-patim
Then Radha, feeling proud of Her beauty, youthfulness, intelligence, and good character, spoke to Lord Krishna, the husband of the goddess of fortune.
calitum na samarthaham
mandiran na vinirgata
katham mam nayasi priya
I cannot move. I cannot leave this palace. I am only a delicate girl. I am perspiring. O beloved, how can You lead Me away from here?
iti vakyam tatah srutva
vayum tasyai cakara ha
Hearing these words, Sri Krishna, the master of Radha, made for Her a breeze by fanning Her with His yellow garments.
hastam grihitva tam aha
gaccha radhe yatha-sukham
krishnenapi tada prokta
na yayau tena vai punah
Then Krishna took Her hand and said, "O Radha, walk as
fast You like." Even though Krishna said this, still Radha did not move.
prishtham dattvatha haraye
tushnim-bhuta sthita punah
priyam manavatim radham
praha krishnam satam priyah
Turning Her back to Krishna, Radha stood silent. Then Krishna, who is dear to the saintly devotees, spoke to His proud beloved Radha.
vihaya gopir iha kamayana
bhajamy aham manini cetasa tvam
yat te priyam tat prakaromi radhe
me skandham aruhya sukham vrajasu
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Let us leave behind these gopis that wish to come with Us. O noble girl, I worship You with all My heart. O Radha, I will do whatever You wish. Climb on My shoulders and You will quickly and easily flee from them.
evam priyam priyatamah
Sri Narada said: O king, as Radha was about to climb His shoulders, Lord Krishna, the supremely independent Personality of Godhead suddenly disappeared.
uccai ruroda rajendra
kokilakhye vane pare
Distressed by Krishna's departure, and Her pride now gone, Radha loudly wept in Kokilavana forest.
tadaiva yutha samprapta
srutva jagmus tapaturah
O king of Mithila, when the gopis came and heard Radha's sorrowful weeping they also became filled with sorrow.
kascit tam makarandais ca
snapayam cakrur isvarim
Some gopis showered Her with a spray of honey, sandal, aguru, musk, and saffron.
vayum cakrus tad-angeshu
asvasya vagbhih paramam
Some made a breeze on Her limbs by fanning Her with fans and camaras, and some, expert at comforting others, comforted Her with many words.
tan-mukhan manino manam
srutva krishnasya gopikah
vismayam paramam yayuh
O king of Mithila, when they heard from Her mouth how arrogant Krishna treated Her badly, the proud gopis were astonished.