Sri Garga Samhita
BY: SUN STAFF
Mar 16, CANADA (SUN)
Canto Five, Volume One
The Killing of Kesi
atah kesi maha-daityo
etya vrindavanam ramyam
jagarja ghanavad bali
Sri Narada said: Then the powerful and ferocious demon Kesi
assumed the form of a wild horse. Neighing like thunder, he
entered beautiful Vrindavana.
nipetuh sakhino dridhah
khandam khandam yayur ghanah
His footsteps made the great trees fall. The swishing of his
tail broke apart the clouds in the sky.
tam vikshya duhsaha-javam
sri-krishnam saranam yayuh
When they saw him fiercely charge at them, the terrified
gopas and gopis ran to Sri Krishna for shelter.
ma bhaishtety abhayam dattva
katau pitambaram baddhva
hantum daityam pracakrame
Saying, "Don't be afraid", the Lord removed their
fears. Then, tightening the yellow sash at His waist, the Supreme
Lord, the deliverer from troubles, went to kill the demon.
calayan prithivim rajan
O king, then, shaking the ground, and making the sky echo
with his neighing, with his hind legs the great demon kicked Lord
grihitva padayor daityam
bhramayitva bhujena khe
cikshepa yojanam krishno
vatah padmam ivoddhritam
Grabbing the demon's legs and whirling him around and
around, with one arm Lord Krishna threw the demon eight miles into
the sky as a great wind uproots and throws a lotus flower.
punar agatavan so 'pi
pucchena sri-harim devam
Filled with anger, the demon returned to the courtyards of
Vraja and with his tail violently struck Lord Krishna.
pucche grihitva tam krishno
yojananam satam rajan
cikshepa gagane balat
Grabbing that tail, and whirling the demon around and
around, with the strength of His arms Lord Krishna threw him eighty
miles into the sky.
akasat patitah so 'pi
samutthaya punar daityo
jagarja ghanavad bali
When he fell from the sky, the powerful demon was somewhat
disturbed at heart. Standing up again, he neighed like thunder.
sata vidhunvan romani
balam khe calayan muhuh
mahim vidarayan padair
utpapata hareh purah
Shaking his mane, swishing his tail in the sky, and breaking
the ground with his hooves, the demon-horse jumped before Lord
tatada mushtina tam vai
Then Lord Krishna punched him, and the demon was unconscious
for an hour.
samudhritya harim hayah
Then, grabbing His neck, the demon-horse pulled Lord Krishna
eight hundred thousand miles into the sky.
tayor yuddham abhud ghoram
padair dadbhih satabhis ca
For six hours they fought fiercely. With his hooves, teeth,
mane, and the sharp razor of his tail, the demon-horse attacked
grihitva tam harir dorbhyam
bhramayitva tv itas tatah
akasat patayam asa
Suddenly grabbing him, and whirling him around and around,
with both arms Lord Krishna threw the demon to the earth as a child
throws a kamandalu.
bhujam praveshayam asa
tan-mukhe bhagavan harih
tasyodare gato bahur
vavridhe rogavad bhrisam
Then Lord Krishna thrust His arm in the demon's mouth. Pushed
into the demon's belly, the arm expanded like an incurable
tada tu lendam kritavan
Then, passing stool and urine, his life breath stopped, and
his stomach broken by Lord Krishna's arm, the horse-demon suddenly
dehad vinirgatah sadyo
pranjalih prananama ha
From the demon's body suddenly emerged a being wearing a
crown and earrings. With folded hands he bowed down before
glorious Lord Krishna.
sakrasyanucaro 'ham vai
kumudo nama madhava
tejasvi rupavan viro
jishnus chatra-bhramim dadhan
Sri Kumuda said: O Lord Krishna, my name is Kumuda and I am a
servant of King Indra. I am powerful, handsome, heroic, and
glorious. I carry Indra's parasol.
yajnam cakara nakeso
When Vritrasura was killed, to become free of the sin of
killing a brahmana, Indra performed an ashvamedha-yajna,
the best of sacrifices.
tam arurukshur dushto 'ham
corayitva talam gatah
Yearning to ride it, I stole the splendid sacrificial horse,
which had one black ear and ran as fast as the mind, and went to
tato marud-ganair nitam
sasapa mam balaratis
tvam raksho bhava durmate
The Maruts bound me with ropes and brought me back. Indra
cursed me, "Wretch! Become a demon!
hayakritis te sambhuyad
tac-chapad adya mukto 'ham
sadyas tvat-sparsanat prabho
"For two manvantaras you will have a horse's form on
the earth." O Lord, today Your touch has freed me from that
kinkaram kuru mam deva
namas tubhyam bhagavate
O Lord please make me Your servant. My heart is fixed on
Your feet. I offer my respectful obeisances to You, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead, the Supersoul who is the witness of all.
pradakshini-kritya harim paresvaram
vimanam aruhya mahojjvalam param
vaikunthalokam kumudo yayau tvaram
virajayan maithila mandalam disam
Sri Narada said: O king of Mithila, after circumambulating
Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Kumuda entered a
celestial airplane and at once flew to Vaikunthaloka, filling the circle of the directions with light as he went.