Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Feb 20, CANADA (SUN)
Canto Four, Volume Two
The Story of the Kausala Women
varnanam srinu maithila
Sri Narada said: O king of Mithila, please hear the story of
the Kausala womwn that became gopis, a sacred story that removes
all sins and is filled with the nectar of Lord Krishna's pastimes.
jata rama-varad vraje
By Lord Ramacandra's blessing they were born in the homes of
the nine Upanandas. Decorated with jewel ornaments, they were
married to various gopas.
They were young, glorious as full moons, delicate as lotus
flowers, and graceful as swans. Their eyes were like lotus
su-dridham sarvato 'dhikam
cakruh krishne nanda-sute
They had fallen passionately in love with Nanda's handsome
son Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. They loved Him as
tabhih sardham sada hasyam
karshanaih sa cakara ha
Smiling, and tugging at their yellow garments, Krishna teased
them and joked with them on the pathways of Vraja.
dadhi-vikrayartham yantyas tah
krishna krishneti cabruvan
krishne hi prema-samyukta
In the market selling yogurt, they did not call out,
Yogurt! Yogurt!" Instead they called "Krishna! Krishna!"
Overcome with love for Krishna, they wandered the forests searching
khe vayau cagni-jalayor
mahyam jyotir disasu ca
tasam krishno hi lakshyate
When they looked at the different objects of the creation
made of ether, air, fire, and water, when they looked in the
different directions, when they looked at the luminaries in the
sky, when they looked at trees, and when they looked at people,
they did not see them. They only saw Krishna.
ashtabhih sattvikair bhavaih
sampannas tas ca yoshitah
They were filled with love for Krishna. Krishna had stolen their
hearts. They could not help but display many symptoms of love for
vraja-vithishu ta nripa
Filled with love, they followed the path of the
paramahamsas. Filled with bliss, they ran along Vraja's pathways.
jada jadam na janantyo
abruvantyo bruvantyo va
Sometimes they were stunned, sometimes they could not
understand that inanimate objects were actually not alive,
sometimes they were silent, and sometimes they spoke on and on
without care or shyness.
evam kritarthatam praptas
tan-maya yas ca gopikah
balad akrishya krishnasya
Rapt in thinking of Krishna, they attained the highest goal of
life. Irresistibly attracted to Krishna, they could not help but
kiss His lotus lips.
tasam tapah kim kathayami rajan
purne pare brahmani vasudeve
yas cakrire prema hrid-indriyadyair
O king, how can I describe the austerities they must have
performed? Abandoning the path of what is ordinarily thought
desireable in this world, with all their heart and senses they
loved Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
ya rasa-range vinidhaya bahum
cakrur vase krishnam alam tapas tad
vaktum na sakto vadanaih phanindrah
Overcome with love, and placing an arm around His shoulders
in the rasa dance, they made Krishna their surrendered servant.
Even Lord Sesha with His many mouths cannot describe the
auterities they must have performed.
yogena sankhyena subhena karmana
yat prapyate tac ca padam videha-rat
O king of Videha, whatever good result may be attained by
yoga, sankhya, good deeds, or the study of logic and philosophy,
is at once attained simply by loving Lord Krishna.
bhaktyaiva vasyi harir adi-devah
sada pramanam kila catra gopyah
sankhyam ca yogam na kritam kadapi
premnaiva yasya prakritim gatah syuh
Love and devotion make Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality
of Godhead, into one's surrendered servant. The gopis are the
proof. They followed neither sankhya nor yoga. Only because they
loved Him did they gain His company.