Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Mar 01, CANADA (SUN)
Canto Four, Volume Two
The Story of the Demigoddesses
atha devangananam ca
gopinam varnanam srinu
Now please hear the story of the demigoddesses that became
gopis, a story that grants the four goals of life and increases
one's love for Lord Krishna.
babhuva malave dese
gopo nando divas-patih
dhanavan nitiman parah
In Malava-desa there was a great gopa-king named Nanda-
divaspati. He was righteous and wealthy, and he had a thousand
srutva sri-gokulam yayau
As he was going on pilgrimage, he arrived in Mathura. When he heard of Vraja's King Nanda, he went to Gokula.
militva gopa-rajam sa
vasam cakre maha-manah
He met King Nanda, and he saw the beauty of Vrindavana. With
Nanda's permission, the noble-hearted king made his residence
ghosham cakre gavam punah
mudam prapa vraje rajan
jnatibhih sa divas-patih
Having made a sixteen-mile place for his cows, King
Divaspati and his relatives lived happily.
jatah kanya maha-divya
By Devala Muni's words, all the demigoddesses were born as
his daughters, daughters splendid like flames in a blazing fire.
sri-krishnam sundaram drishtva
mohitah kanyakas ca tah
cakrur magha-vratam param
When they saw handsome Krishna they were bewildered with love
for Him. To attain Him they performed the great vow of Magha-
ardhodaye 'rke yamunam
nityam snatva vrajanganah
uccair jaguh krishna-lilam
As they bathed at sunrise in the Yamuna, these girls of
Vraja, who had fallen in love with Krishna, every day loudly sang
of Lord Krishna's pastimes.
tasam prasannah sri-krishno
varam bruhity uvaca ha
ta ucus tam param natva
Pleased with them, Lord Krishna said to them, "Please
ask for a benediction." Slowly bowing down with folded hands,
these girls spoke to Krishna.
yogisvaranam kila durlabhas tvam
sarvesvarah karana-karano 'si
tvam netra-gami bhavatat sada no
The gopis said: Even the great kings of the yogis cannot
attain You. You are the master of all, the first cause of all
causes. Holding a flute, and more handsome than Kamadeva, please
always stay before our eyes.
tathastu coktva harir adi-devas
tasam tu yo darsanam atatana
bhuyat sada te hridi netra-marge
tatha sa ahuta ivasu citte
Lord Krishna said, "So be it." He was always before
them. He appeared in their heart and He appeared before their
eyes as if they had just called Him.
chri-krishno nanya eva hi
koti-karyam cakara ha
Sri Krishna, and no one else, is the original Supreme
Personality of Godhead. Coming to this world to do one thing, He
did millions of other things as well.
patutaram nata-vesha-dharam bhaje
I worship most intelligent Krishna who, with a peacock-feather
crown, swinging earrings, a yellow sash about His waist, and a
stick and flute in His hand, is dressed as a graceful-shouldered
bhaktyaiva vasyo harir adi-devah
sada pramanam kila catra gopyah
sankhyam ca yogam na kritam kadapi
premnaiva yasya prakritim gatah syuh
Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is conquered
by love and devotion. These gopis are the proof of this. Although
they never followed the paths of yoga or sankhya, they attained
Lord Krishna's company.