Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Feb 01, CANADA (SUN)
Canto Two, Volume Three
The Rasa-dance Pastime
atha krishna-gunan ramyan
jagus tala-svarai ramyaih
Sri Narada said: Then, to attract Krishna there, all the girls came together and, sweetly playing the karatalas, sang songs about the beautiful virtues of Krishna.
lokabhirama jana-bhushana visva-dipa
ananda-kanda yadu-nandana nanda-suno
svacchanda-padma-makaranda namo namas te
The gopis said: O delight of the worlds, O decoration of the people, O lamp of the universe, O Lord more charming than Kamadeva, O Lord who removes the sufferings sins bring to the worlds, O root of bliss, O delight of the Yadus, O son of Nanda, O independent Lord, O Lord sweeter than honey from the lotus, obeisances, obeisances to You!
devadi-mukta-jana-darpana te jayo 'stu
O victory flag of the cows, brahmanas, and saints, O Lord honored by the demigods, O Lord who descended to this world to kill the demons headed by Kamsa, O sun who makes the lotus of King Nanda's family blossom wide, O eye of the demigods and the liberated souls, glories to You!
O supreme pearl in the ocean of the gopas, O sapphire in the mountain of the gopa dysnasty, O lotus in the lake of the gopas, O great swan in the sandal forest of the gopas, O Supreme Personality of Godhead!
You are a bumblebee drawn to the lotus of Sri Radha's face. You are a cakora bird drawn to the moon of Sri Radha's face. You are a necklace of candrakanti jewels over Sri Radha's heart. You are Sri Radha's madhavi flower.
manam cakara rahasa kila manavatyam
so 'yam harir bhavatu no nayanagra-gami
May Lord Krishna, who enjoys glorious pastimes in the rasa dance arena, who brings life to the gopis' eyes, and who in a secret place roughly treated a girl filled with pride, appear before our eyes.
yo gopika-sakala-yutham alancakara
vrindavanam ca nija-pada-rajobhir adrim
yah sarva-loka-vibhavaya babhuva bhumau
tam bhuri-lilam uragendra-bhujam bhajamah
We worship Lord Krishna, whose arms are two kings of serpents, who enjoys many pastimes, who came to the earth to show His glories to all the worlds, and who with the dust of His feet decorated Vrindavana forest, Govardhana Hill, and all the gopis.
candram pratapta-kirana-jvalanam prasannam
sarvam vanantam asi-patra-vana-pravesam
banam prabhanjanam ativa su-manda-yanam
manyamahe kila bhavantam rite vyathartah
Even when we are not filled with sorrow we meditate on You as a pleasing moon, a brilliant sun, a grove of sugarcane in the forest, a sharp arrow, and a gentle breeze.
jatam sahasra-gunitam nala-patta-rajnah
tasmat tu koti-gunitam janakatma-jayas
tasmad anantam ati-duhkham alam hare nah
O Krishna, our sorrow is a thousand times greater than King Saudasa's queen felt away from her husband, ten million times greater than Nala's queen felt, and more without limit than King Janaka's daughter felt.
tasmad vayam ca caranau saranam gatah smah
sriman kripam kuru saranya-pade saranye
Sri Uddhava is the crest jewel of all the devotees. He is qualified to approach Your lotus feet. It is because of Him that we take shelter of Your feet. O glorious one, please be kind to us! Please give us shelter!
ittham rajan rudantinam
svayam artham ivatmanah
Sri Narada said: O king, as the gopis wept, lotus-eyed Krishna suddenly appeared, as if to fulfill their desire.
Texts 12 and 13
agatam vikshya yugapat
tan-matrani ca yam drishtva
yatha jnanendriyani ca
Seeing that Krishna, decorated with a glittering crown, armlets, earrings, bracelets, and His handsome glistening black curly hair very glorious, had come, the gopis at once stood up, as the senses stand up when they see the sense-objects.
harir nanarta tan-madhye
radhaya sahito rajan
yatha ratya ratisvarah
Playing the flute in their midst, Lord Krishna danced with Radha as Kamadeva dances with Rati.
yavatir gopikah sarvas
tavad rupa-dharo harih
gacchams tabhir vraje reme
svavasthabhir mano yatha
Then Lord Krishna expanded Himself into as many forms as there were gopis. Going among them, He enjoyed with them to their heart's content.
vanoddese sthitam krishnam
gira gadgadaya harim
Their sorrows gone, the girls of Vraja approached Krishna in the forest and with folded hands and faltering words spoke to Him.
kva gatas tvam vada hare
tyaktva gopi-gano mahan
sarvam jagat trini-kritya
The gopis said: O Krishna, when You left us gopis the whole world became for us as important as a single blade of grass. Now we have again attained out heart's desire at Your feet. While You were gone where did You go? Please tell us.
he gopyah pushkara-dvipe
hamso nama maha-munih
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O gopis, on Pushkara-dvipa there is a great sage named Hamsa who performed austerities while submerged in the ocean of yogurt.
vyatitam tasya tapato
O gopis, He spent two manvantaras meditating on Me in pure devotion.
tam adyaivagrasan matsyo
tan nirjagara paundus tu
Today a four-mile-long fish swallowed him. Then a demon in the form of an even larger white fish swallowed that fish.
Texts 21 and 22
hamsasyapi muner aham
gatvatha sighrena tayoh
siras chittvarina munim
sayanam tu maya kritam
With a very great knife I cut the heads of those two fish and saved the sage Hamsa from his distress. O gopis, then I went to Svetadvipa and, lying down on the couch of Sesha in the ocean of milk, I took a nap.
duhkhita bhavatir jnatva
nidram tyaktva tatah priyah
sahasa bhakta-vasyo 'ham
punar agatavan iha
O My beloveds, when I became aware that You were suffering, I left my nap and came here at once. Your pure devotion has transformed Me into your submissive servant.
jananti santah sama-darsino ye
danta mahantah kila nairapekshyah
te nairapekshyam paramam sukham me
jnanendriyadini yatha rasadin
Saintly devotees who have generous hearts, who see everyone equally, who control their senses, and who are aloof from material things, find in their renunciation a great happiness that I give to them. They find it just as the senses find happiness in the sensations that being with taste.
yad rupam ca tvaya dhritam
yadi prito 'si madhava
The gopis said: O Krishna, if You are pleased with us please show us the form You displayed as You rested on Sesha in the ocean of milk.
tathastu coktva bhagavan
sri-radha-rupam eva ca
Sri Narada said: The Lord said, "So be it." Then, as the gopis watched, Radha and Krishna changed Themselves into eight-armed forms of Lakshmi and Narayana.
tatra kshira-samudro 'bhul
babhuvur mangalani ca
That place suddenly became the milk-ocean decorated with many waves. Many beautiful jewel-palaces suddenly appeared.
tatra sesho bisa-svetah
Then Sesha appeared. His white body was coiled around and around, and the splendid parasol of His thousand hoods was decorated with many crowns glorious as the rising sun.
tasmin vai sesha-paryanke
sukham sushvapa madhavah
tasya sri-rupini radha
pada-sevam cakara ha
Then Krishna happily slept on the couch of Sesha and Radha, in the form of goddess Lakshmi, served His feet.
tad-rupam sundaram drishtva
natva gopi-ganah sarve
vismayam paramam gatah
Gazing at that handsome form splendid as ten million suns, all the gopis bowed down to offer their respects. They were filled with wonder.
gopibhyo darsanam dattam
yatra krishnena maithila
tatra kshetram maha-punyam
O king of Mithila, the place where Lord Krishna showed this form is very sacred. It destroys all sins.
atha gopi-ganaih sardham
yamunam etya madhavah
jala-kelim cakara ha
Then Lord Krishna entered the Yamuna and enjoyed water pastimes with the gopis.
padmam nitvambaram tatha
dhavan jaleshu gatavan
prahasan madhavah svayam
Snatching from Radha's hand a lotus of a hundred thousand petals and a cloth, Krishna ran, laughing, into the water.
radha hareh pita-patam
grihitva prahasanti sa
Snatching Krishna's flute, stick, and yellow cloth, Radha also ran, laughing, into the Yamuna's water.
vamsim dehiti vadatah
radha jagada kamalam
vaso dehiti madhava
When Lord Krishna said, "Give back My flute!" Radha said, "Give back, O Krishna, My lotus and cloth!"
krishno dadau radhikayai
padmam ambaram eva ca
radha dadau pita-patam
vetram vamsim mahatmane
Krishna returned the lotus and cloth to Radha, and Radha returned the flute, stick, and yellow cloth to the Lord.
atha krishnah kalam gayan
sri-bhandiram jagama ha
Then Lord Krishna, wearing a vaijayanti garland that hung to His knees, and sweetly singing as He went, traveled to Bhandiravana forest.
priyayas tatra sringaram
There Lord Krishna, the master of all skillful artists, decorated His beloved with many pictures and designs drawn with colors made from flowers, yavaka, kajjala, and kunkuma.
kesaradyair harer mukhe
patram cakara sringare
The Radha, the daughter of Kirti, decorated Lord Krishna's face with many beautiful designs drawn in sandal, aguru, musk, and kesara.