Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Feb 18, CANADA (SUN)
Canto Four, Volume One
The Story of the Gopis That Had Been Sages
akhyanam srinu maithila
Sri Narada said: O king of Mithila, please hear the story of
the gopis that had been sages, a sacred story that removes all
sins and increases one's love for Lord Krishna.
bangeshu mangalo nama
gopa asin maha-manah
In east Bengal lived a noble-hearted, learned, and wealthy
gopa named Mangala. He was the master of nine-hundred-thousand
bharyah panca sahasrani
babhuvus tasya maithila
dhanam sarvam kshayam gatam
O king of Mithila, he had five thousand wives. One day all
his wealth was destroyed by fate.
corair nitas tasya gavah
kascid rajna hrita balat
evam dainye ca samprapte
duhkhito mangalo 'bhavat
Some of his cows were stolen by thieves and the rest were
forcibly taken by the king. Now a pauper, Mangala was filled with
tada sri-ramasya varad
rishayah stritvam apanna
babhuvus tasya kanyakah
The sages of Dandakaranya, who by Lord Ramacandra's blessing
were destined to become gopis, became the daughters of Mangala.
drishtva kanya-samuham sa
duhkhi gopo 'tha mangalah
When he saw his many daughters, Mangala-gopa became filled
with sorrow. Miserable in his poverty and tormented with
headaches and diseases, Mangala spoke.
kim karomi kva gacchami
ko me dukham vyapohati
srir na bhutir nabhijano
na balam me 'sti sampratam
Sri Mangala said: What shall I do? Where shall I go? Who
will take away my sufferings? Now I have no wealth, no opulences,
no dynasty, and no strength.
dhanam vina katham casam
vivaho ha bhavishyati
bhojane yatra sandeho
dhanasa tatra kidrisi
How will my daughters marry if I have no wealth? If even the
next meal is uncertain, where is the hope to gain wealth?
Texts 9 and 10
sati dainye kanyakah syuh
tasmat kasyapi rajnas tu
dhanino balinas tv aham
dasyamy etah kanyakas ca
kadarthi-kritya tah kanya
evam buddhya sthito 'bhavat
tadaiva mathurad desad
gopas caikah samagatah
Now that I am suddenly poor, how will I make my daughters
happy by marrying them to wealthy and powerful kings?
As Mangala was thinking in this way, a gopa from Mathura
district came to his home.
tirtha-yayi jayo nama
vriddho buddhimatam varah
srutam vaibhavam adbhutam
Sri Narada said: From an elderly pilgrim named Jaya, who was
the wisest of the wise, Mangala had heard of the fabulous wealth
of King Nanda.
vicintya preshayam asa
After some thought, the pauper Mangala sent his beautiful-
eyed daughters to King Nanda's circle.
ta nanda-rajasya grihe
babhuvur go-vrajeshu ca
In King Nanda's home the girls, now decorated with jewels,
milked the cows in the barns.
sri-krishnam sundaram drishtva
kanya jati-smaras ca tah
Gazing at handsome Sri Krishna, and remembering their previous
birth, the girls daily worshiped the Yamuna to attain Krishna.
tabhyah sva-darsanam dattva
varam datum samudyata
One day the large-eyed and dark-complexioned goddess Yamuna
appeared before them and offered to give them a benediction.
ta vavrire vrajesasya
putro bhuyat patis ca nah
tathastu coktva kalindi
They said, "May Sri Krishna, the son of Vraja's king,
become our husband." Yamuna replied, "So be it," and
tah prapta vrindakaranye
tabhih sardham hari reme
suribhih surarad iva
Later, in the month of Karttika, in the rasa-dance circle,
Lord Krishna enjoyed with them as King Indra enjoys with many