Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Feb 16, CANADA (SUN)
The Power of Sri Giriraja
iti srutva siddha-vakyam
brahmano vismayam gatah
punah papraccha tam rajan
Sri Narada said: When he heard the liberated soul's words, the brahmana became struck with wonder. Then he asked another question of the liberated soul, who knew the power and glory of Govardhana Hill.
pura janmani kas tvam bhos
tvaya kim kalusham kritam
sarvam vada maha-bhaga
The brahmana said: Who were you in your previous birth? What sin did you commit. O fortunate one, you have spiritual eyes to see all this directly.
pura janmani vaisyo 'ham
dhani vaisya-suto mahan
The liberated soul said: In my previous birth I was a wealthy vaisya's son. From childhood I was a compulsive gambler. I became a great rake.
vesya-ratah ku-margo 'ham
matra pitra bharyayapi
bhartsito 'ham sada dvija
I became a drunkard addicted to chasing prostitutes. O brahmana, my father, mother, and wife rebuked me again and again.
ekada tu maya vipra
maritau ca tatha bharya
khadgena pathi marita
Then one day with poison I killed my parents and with a sword I killed my wife on a pathway.
grihitva tad-dhanam sarvam
vesyaya sahitah khalah
dakshinasam ca gatavan
Then I took all their money and went with my prostitute beloved to the south, where I became a merciless thief.
ekada tu maya vesya
nihkshipta hy andha-kupake
dasyuna hi maya pasair
maritah sataso narah
One day I threw the prsotitute into a blind well and left her there to die. Indeed, with ropes I killed many hundreds of people as I robbed them.
dhana-lobhena bho vipra
O brahmana, I was so greedy after money that as a highwayman I murdered many hundreds of brahmanas and many thousands of kshatriyas, vaisyas, and sudras.
ekada mamsam anetum
mrigan hantum vane gatam
sarpo 'dasat pada sprishto
dushtam mam nidhanam gatam
One day, as I was hunting deer in the forest, I stepped on a snake. The snake bit me and I died.
santadya mudgarair ghorair
baddhva mam narakam ninyur
Fearsome Yamadutas beat me with terrible clubs, tied me up, and dragged me, a great sinner, to hell.
manvantaram tu patitah
kalpaikam tapta-surmau ca
maha-duhkham gatah khalah
I fell into the terrible hell named Kumbhipaka and I stayed there for a manvantara. For a kalpa I was forced to embrace the red-hot iron statue of a woman. I, a great sinner, suffered greatly.
narakanam prithak prithak
varsham varsham nipatito
nirgato 'ham yamecchaya
By the desire of Yamaraja I was thrown into eight million four-hundred thousand different hells.
tatas tu bharate varshe
prapto 'ham karma-vasanam
dasa-varam sukaro 'ham
vyaghro 'ham sata-janmasu
Then my karma took me to Bharata-varsha. For ten births I was a pig, and for a hundred births I was a tiger.
ushtro 'ham janma-satakam
sarpo 'ham janma-sahasram
For a hundred births I was a camel. For another hundred births I was a buffalo. For a thousand births I was a snake. Wicked men killed me again and again.
evam varshayutante tu
nirjale vipine dvija
rakshasas cedriso jato
O brahmana, after ten thousand years of these births I was born in a desert as a grotesque and wicked monster.
kasya sudrasya deham vai
samaruhya vrajam gatah
One day I assumed the form of a sudra and I went to Vraja. I came near to Vrindavana and the sacred Yamuna.
tais tadito dharshito 'ham
With sticks in their hands, some of Lord Krishna's handsome friends beat me severely and I fled from the land of Vraja.
tvam khaditum ihagatah
tavat tvaya tadito 'ham
Hungry for many days, I came here to eat you. Then you hit me with a stone from Govardhana Hill.
kalyanam me babhuva ha
Then, by Lord Krishna's kindness, I became very fortunate.
evam pravadatas tasya
golokac ca maha-rathah
Sri Narada said: As the liberated soul was speaking these words, a chariot, splendid as a thousand suns and drawn by ten thousand horses, came from Goloka.
The chariot rumbled with a thousand wheels. It was decorated with a hundred thousand associates of the Lord. It had a great network of bells and tinkling ornaments. It was extremely beautiful.
pasyatas tasya viprasya
tam anetum samagatah
tam agatam ratham divyam
As the brahmana looked one, the chariot approached. The brahmana and the liberated soul bowed down before the chariot.
tatah samaruhya ratham sa siddho
viranjayan maithila mandalam disam
sri-krishnalokam prayayau parat param
Climbing the chariot, and at that moment losing all interest in his heart to stay in the material world, the liberated soul went to Sri Krishna's beautiful abode, graceful with many pastime gardens, the highest of all spiritual realms.
vipro 'pi tasmat punar agato girim
pradakshini-kritya punah pranamya tam
yayau griham maithila tat-prabhava-vit
Then the brahmana returned to Govardhana Hill, the Deity worshiped by the kings of mountains. Circumambulating the hill, bowing down before it, and now aware of its great power and glory, the brahmana went to his home.
idam maya te kathitam pracandam
srutva janah papy api na pracandam
svapne 'pi pasyed yamam ugra-dandam
Now I have spoken to you the glorious Sri Giriraja-khanda, which brings liberation. Anyone, even if he is very sinful, who hears this khanda, will never see fearsome Yamaraja, even in a dream.
yah srinoti giriraja-yasasyam
deva-raja iva so 'tra sameti
nanda-raja iva santim amutra
One who hears the glories of Govardhana Hill, glories that are filled with the secrets of Lord Krishna's ever-new transcendental pastimes, will become as fortunate as King Indra in this life, and as fortunate as King Nanda in the next.