Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Mar 13, CANADA (SUN)
Canto Four, Volume Two
The Story of Sudarcana
ekada nrpa gopalah
One day the gopas, headed by Upananda and King Vrsabhanu,
took many carts filled with jewels to Ambikavana forest.
dadur danam dvijatibhyah
suptas tatra sarit-tate
After worshiping Lord Siva and goddess Durga, and after
giving charity to the brahmanas, they slept on by the riverbank
tatraiko nirgato ratrau
sarpo nandam pade 'grahit
krsna krsneti cukroca
In the middle of the night a snake came and grabbed Nanda's
feet. Terrified, Nanda cried out, "Krsna! Krsna!"
todur ajagaram nrpa
padam so 'pi na tatyaja
sarpo 'tha sva-manim yatha
The gopa boys beat the snake with torches, but it would not
leave Nanda any more than it would leave the jewel growing from
tatada sva-pada sarpam
tyaktva tadaiva sarpatvam
bhutva vidyadharah krti
natva krsnam parikramya
Then the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the purifier of the
worlds, kicked the snake. That soul at once left his snake body
and became a pious vidyadhara. With folded hands the vidyadhara
bowed before Lord Krsna, circumambulated Him, and then spoke.
aham sudarcano nama
astavakram munim drstva
hasito 'smi maha-balah
Sri Sudarcana said: My name is Sudarcana. I am a great
vidyadhara. When I saw the sage Astavakra, I laughed at him.
mahyam capam dadau so 'pi
tvam sarpo bhava durmate
tac-chapad adya mukto 'ham
krpaya tava madhava
He cursed me, "Fool! Now become a snake!" O Krsna,
by Your mercy I am today freed from that curse.
sparcena divya-padavim sahasagato 'smi
tasmai namo bhagavate bhuvanecvaraya
yo bhuri-bhara-haranaya bhuvo 'vatarah
The touch of the the nectar pollen of Your lotus feet has
made me a demigod again. I offer my respectful obeisances to You,
the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of the worlds, who
has desceneded to this world to relieve the earth of its burden.
iti natva harim krsnam
rajan vidyadharas tu sah
jagama vaisnavam lokam
Sri Narada said: O king, after bowing down before Lord
Krsna, the vidyadhara departed for the spiritual world of
nandadyah vismitah sarve
jnatva krsnam parecvaram
Astonished, and now acutely aware of Krsna's divinity, Nanda
and the gopas left Ambikavana and quickly returned to the circle
idam maya te kathitam
kim bhuyah crotum icchasi
Now I have described to you Sri Krsna's beautiful and sacred
pastimes, which remove all sins. What more do you wish to hear?
crutva mano me tac chrotum
atrptam punar icchati
Sri Bahulacva said: My heart never tires of hearing Lord
Krsnacandra's very wonderful pastimes. It yearns to hear them
again and again.
agre cakara kam lilam
harir vrajecah paramo
Before that what pastime did Lord Krsna, the king of Vraja,
enjoy in the circle of Vraja? O best of the divine sages, please
tell me that pastime.