Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Feb 04, CANADA (SUN)
Canto Two, Volume Three
The Rasa-dance Pastime
evam vicintya manasa
sivo vasurina saha
Thinking in this way, Siva and Asuri went to the circle of Vraja to see Lord Krishna.
pasyantau tau divya-bhumim
Near the Yamuna they went to a splendid transcendental place filled with splendid groves of trees, vines, and archways.
cakrur balat tan-nishedham
Many very powerful, stick-wielding women of Goloka guarded the entrance. Blocking the path, they and forbade them to enter.
tav ucatus cagatau svah
tav ahur nripa-sardula
The two of them said, "Yearning to see Lord Krishna, we have come here". O tiger of kings, as they blocked the path, the entrance-guards spoke to them.
kotisah kotiso vayam
rasa-raksham sada kurmo
nyasta krishnena bho dvijau
The entrance guards said: There are many millions of millions of us everywhere in Vrindavana. Appointed by Lord Krishna, we eternally guard the rasa dance.
eko 'sti purushah krishno
anyo na yati rahasi
gopi-yutham vina kvacit
In this secluded rasa-dance circle Krishna is the only male. Except for Him there are only gopis here.
ced didrikshu yuvam tasya
kurutam tatra gopitvam
prapyasu vrajatam muni
O sages, if you wish to see Lord Krishna, then please bath in the Mana-sarovara lake. In that way you will become gopis, and then you may enter.
ity uktau tau muni-sivau
gopitvam prapya sahasa
Bathing in Mana-sarovara, and at once becoming gopis, Lord Siva and Asuri Muni went to the circle of the rasa dance.
In a beautiful place paved with gold and rubies, shaded by kadamba trees and flowering madhavi vines, . . .
. . . filled with all beauty, splendid with spring moonlight, glorious with arches and jewel stairways leading to the Yamuna, . . .
kokilaih kujite pare
. . . filled with cooing peacocks, swans, datyuhas, and cuckoos, fanned by the Yamuna's breezes, beautiful with newly-blossoming trees, . . .
sauvarnaih kalasair vrite
. . . filled with meeting houses that had courtyards with rows of pillars, splendid fluttering flags, and golden domes, . . .
. . . filled with flower-palaces of red and white blossoms, the buzzing of bees, and sweet sounds of musical instruments, . . .
. . . and fragrant with pure and cooling breezes carrying the scent of thousand-petal lotuses, . . .
tasmin nikunje sri-krishnam
stri-ratnair avritam sasvad
dana-dakshaih katakshais ca
harantam yoshitam manah
durad apasyatam rajann
. . . bowing down to the lotus feet of Lord Krishna, who in that forest grove was splendid as as ten million moons, who was decorated by lotuslike, swan-graceful Sri Radha's company, who, surrounded by jewellike women, eternally stayed the middle of the rasa-dance circle, who was handsome as ten million Kamadevas, whose form was dark and handsome, who was dressed in yellow garments, who held a flute and stick in His hand, who bore the mark of Srivatsa, who was decorated with the Kaustubha gem, who was splendid with a forest garland, who was decorated with tinkling anklets, belt, and armlets, and with necklaces, bracelets, and earrings splendid as two rising suns, who wore a crown splendid as ten million suns, who with generous sidelong glances stole the gopis' hearts, and whom the gopis gazed at from afar, Lord Siva and Asuri Muni, now overcome with happiness, spoke.
krishna krishna maha-yogin
garuda-dhvaja te namah
The two of them said: O Krishna, O Krishna, O great yogi, O master of the demigods, O Lord of the universes, O lotus-eyed one, O Govinda, O Lord who carries a flag with the emblem of Garuda, obeisances to You!
vasudeva namo 'stu te
O savior from miseries, O Lord of the universes, O lotus-naveled one, O Lord who took three steps, O Lord bound at the waist with a rope, O master of the senses, O son of King Vasudeva, obeisances to You!
adyaiva deva paripurnatamas tu sakshad
bhu-bhuri-bhara-haranaya satam subhaya
prapto 'si nanda-bhavane paratah paras tvam
kritva hi sarva-nija-lokam asesha-sunyam
O Supreme Personality of Godhead, leaving all Your transcendental abodes and making them devoid of Your presence, You have now come to Nanda's home to remove the earth's great burden and to bring auspiciousness to Your devotees.
avesa-purna-nicayabhir ativa yuktah
visvam bibharshi rasa-rasam alankaroshi
vrindavanam ca paripurnatamah svayam tvam
You are the original and perfect Supreme Personality of Godhead, glorious with incarnations that display a part, a part of a part, or a part of a part of a part of Your power. With Your many empowered inacarnations You maintain the universe. With the sweet rasa dance You decorate the forest of Vrindavana.
goloka-natha giriraja-pate paresa
govinda gokula-pate kila te jayo 'stu
O master of Goloka, O master of the king of mountains. O supreme master, O master of Vrindavana, O enjoyer of eternal pastimes, O master of Radha, O master whose glories are sung by the girls of Vraja, O master of Gokula, O Govinda, all glories to You!
You are decorated with beautiful flowers taken from Vrindavana's vines. You are the ornament Sri Radha wears on Her neck and over Her heart. You are the master of the rasa-dance circle. You are the master of the circle of Vraja. You are the protector of the circle of the universes.
tada prasanno bhagavan
radhaya sahito harih
manda-smito munim praha
Sri Narada said: Pleased and gently smiling as He stood by Sri Radha's side, with words like thunder Lord Krishna spoke to the sage.
yuvayos tapatos tapah
mad-darsanam tena jatam
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Renouncing everything, the two of you performed austerities for sixty-thousand years in order to see Me.
nishkincano yo santas ca-
jata-satruh sa mat-sakha
tasmad yuvabhyam manasa
vriyatam ipsito varah
You do not crave material wealth, you are peaceful, you do not think anyone your enemy, and you are my friends. Therefore, please choose a benediction. Choose whatever your hearts desire.
namo 'stu bhuman yuvayoh padabje
na rocate no 'nyam atas tvad-anghrer
namo yuvabhyam hari-radhikabhyam
Lord Siva and Asuri Muni said: O Lord who resides in Vrindavana, we eternally offer our obeisances to Your lotus feet. Nothing other than Your lotus feet gives us any happiness. O Sri Sri Radha-Krishna, we offer our respectful obeisances to You!
tathastu coktva bhagavan
sivo 'pi casuri-munir
nityam vasam cakara ha
The Lord then said, "So be it." From that moment Lord Siva and Asuri Muni made their residence there, at Vamsivata, where the forest grove by the Yamuna's shore is decorated with the circle of the rasa dance.
atha krishno rasa-lilam
cakre padmakare vane
Then Lord Sri Krishna enjoyed a rasa dance with the gopis in Padmakara forest, which was filled with buzzing bees and fragrant flower pollen.
evam shan-masiki ratrih
krita krishnena maithila
vyatita kshanavat sukhaih
O king of Mithila, although in truth it lasted for six months, the night Lord Krishna enjoyed the rasa dance with the gopis seemed to Them only a single moment of great happiness when it was over.
yuthi-bhutva yayu rajan
At sunrise all the gopis, their desires fulfilled, returned to their homes.
Lord Krishna went to Nanda's palace and Sri Radha hurried to King Vrishabhanu's palace.
Texts 37 and 38
trivargya-dam jananam tu
maya tavagre kathitam
kim bhuyah srotum icchasi
Thus I have described to You Sri Krishnacandra's beautiful and sacred rasa dance, which removes all sins, fulfills all desires, brings auspiciousness, gives to the people the three goals of life, and gives to they who yearn for liberation the highest kind of liberation. What more do you wish to hear?