Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Mar 03, CANADA (SUN)
Canto Four, Volume Two
The Story of the Women of Barhishmati-pura, the Apsaras, and the
Women of Sutala and Nagendra
gopo nando dhani mahan
bharyah panca sahasrani
babhuvus tasya maithila
Sri Narada said: O king of Mithila, in Vraja lived a
righteous and wealthy gopa named Nanda, who had been the king of
Sonapura. He had five thousand wives.
jata matsya-varat tas tu
tathanyas ca vicitrah
prithivya dohanan nripa
He had many daughters. Some had previously been born from
the milk-ocean and had been the goddess of fortune's friends, and
now were born as gopis by Lord Matsya's benediction, and others
had been the plants the sprouted when the earth was milked.
jata jati-smarah parah
varan narayanasya ca
Some had been the women of Barhishmati-pura. They remembered
their previous birth. Others had been apsaras and became gopi by
the blessings of Narayana Rishi
vamanasya varat striyah
tatha nagendra-kanyas ca
jatah sesha-varat parat
Some had been the women of Sutalaloka and became gopis by
the blessings of Lord Vamana. Others had been the daughters of
the king of the Nagas and they became gopis by the spiritual
blessings of Lord Sesha.
tabhyo durvasasa dattam
tena sampujya yamunam
vavrire sripatim varam
Durvasa Muni gave them the wonderful krishna-pancanga
method of worship. Following it, they worshiped the Yamuna and
attained Lord Krishna as their husband.
ekada sri-haris tabhir
Once, during the month of Caitra (March-April), Lord Krishna,
who is more charming than Kamadeva, enjoyed a swing festival with
these gopis in a kadamba kalpa-vriksha tree in a beautiful and
secluded place in beautiful Vrindavana forest, a place filled with
trees and madhavi vines, buzzing bees, cooing cuckoos and cranes,
and a gentle breeze from the nearby Yamuna.
ta gopyah prema-vihvalah
As the Yamuna was filled with waves, these gopis, deeply in
love with Krishna, enjoyed pastimes on a swing.
reje vrindavane krishno
yatha ratya ratisvarah
As Kamadeva shines with Rati by His side, so in Vrindavana
forest Lord Krishna shone with Kirti's daughter Radha, who was more
beautiful and glorious than millions of moons, by His side.
evam praptas ca yah sarvah
tasam kim varnyate tapah
All these gopis attained Nanda's son, Lord Krishna, the
perfect Supreme Personality of Godhead, as their lover. Who can
describe the austerities they must have performed?
nagendra-kanya yah sarvas
balabhadram harim praptah
krishna-tire tu tah subhah
During the beautiful month of Caitra (March-April), by the
Yamuna's shore, the beautiful gopis that had been the daughters
of the Naga-king attained the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
Lord Balarama, as their lover.
idam maya te kathitam
gopinam caritam subham
kim bhuyah srotum icchasi
Now I have told you the beautiful and sacred story of the
gopis, a story that removes all sins. What more do you wish to
yamunayas ca pancangam
dattam durvasasa mune
gopibhyo yena govindah
praptas tad bruhi mam prabho
Sri Bahulasva said: O sage, please describe to me the pancanga method of worshiping the Yamuna that Durvasa gave to
the gopis and that they followed to attain Lord Krishna.
papa-hanih para bhavet
Sri Narada said: Simply by hearing this ancient story one
becomes free of all sins.
Texts 16 and 17
mrigayam vicaran praptah
saubharer asramam subham
vrindavane sthitam sakshat
natva jamataram raja
saubharim praha manadah
As glorious Mandhata, the king of Ayodhya, was hunting, he
wandered into Saubhari Muni's auspicious asrama, which was in
beautiful Vrindavana forest by the Yamuna's shore. Bowing down
before his son-in-law, the respectful king spoke to Saurabhi.
bhagavan sarva-vit sakshat
lokanam tamaso 'ndhanam
Sri Mandhata said: O Lord, O best of the all-knowing, You
are like a second sun that lights up the darkness of the worlds.
iha loke bhaved rajyam
yena syat tad vadasu me
Please tell me how in this life I may attain a great kingdom
and in the next life a spiritual form like that of Lord Krishna.
yamunayas ca pancangam
Sri Saubhari said: I will describe to you the pancanga method of worshiping the Yamuna. This worship brings all perfection. It gives one a spiritual form like that of Lord
yavat surya udeti sma
yavac ca pratitishthati
tavad rajya-pradam catra
This worship brings one a kingdom that lasts for as long as
the sun rises and shines in the sky. This worship makes Lord
Krishna into one's submissive servant.
kavacam ca stavam namnam
sahasram patalam tatha
pancangani vidur budhah
The wise know that the five parts of pancanga
worship are: 1. kavaca, 2. stava, 3. sahasra-nama, 4. patala, and