"Sri Krishna at Dvaraka"


 

Skandham-1.

 

Chapter-11.

Slokam- 1 to 39. 

 

 

 

 

Lord Sri Krishna's Entrance into Dvârakâ

 

 

 

(1) Sûta said: "Reaching the border of the land of the Ânartas [the ones free from the unwanted, Dvârakâ], He sounded for the arrival at His own prosperous city His conchshell [the Pâñcajanya], which, evidently, ended the dejection of the inhabitants. (2) The brilliant white of the big conchshell, although reddened by the lips of the Great Adventurer, as it was being loudly sounded in His hands, looked like a ducking swan at the stems of lotusflowers. (3) Having heard the sound that is the threat to the fear of material existence, all the citizens rapidly proceeded towards the protector of the devotees for the so long awaited audience. (4-5) Thereupon they made their presentation that could be considered like offering a lamp to the sun relative to the Selfcontented Satisfied One who by His own potency supplied them incessantly. With cheerfully affectionate faces they ecstatically held gladdened speeches to the Father like friends and protegees to their guardian.

 

 

 

(6) They said: 'We have always bowed down to Your lotusfeet like one does with the worship of Brahmâ and His sons and the king of heaven, as for the one who desires the supreme welfare in this life You are the Master of Transcendence upon whom the inevitable time has no influence. (7) Just for our welfare You became the Creator of our world and also the mother, well-wisher, husband, father and our Lord and spiritual teacher; our supreme and our idol in whose footsteps we have become successful. (8) Oh how lucky we are, now that we see Your all-auspicious form, to be again under the protection of Your good Self, as also by the demigods your affectionate, lovingly smiling face is rarely seen. (9) Whenever, o lotus-eyed One, You go away to see Your relatives and the inhabitants of Mathurâ - at that time, o Infallible One, each moment seems to be like a million years, like our eyes that are useless being without the sun. (10) How can we, with You being abroad, live without the satisfaction of Your glance that vanquishes the universal miseries and without seeing Your beautiful smiling and decorated, attractive face.'

 

 

 

Thus hearing of the words of the citizens, the caretaker of the devotees who teaches kindness by the distribution of His glances, approached the city of Dvârakâ. (11) Like the city Bhogavatî, protected by the Nâgas, it was protected by the strength of the descendants of Vrishni [Krishna's family-name]: Bhoja, Madhu, Das'ârha, Arha, Kukura, Andhaka etc., who were all as good as Krishna Himself. (12) With the trees, greenery and hermitages, there were all the opulences of the seasons from orchards, flower gardens and parks surrounded by ponds with lotuses, who added to the beauty. (13) The gateway of the city as well as different roads were decorated with arches and flags painted with the foremost signs casting shadows in the sunshine. (14) The lanes, alleys, the market and public meeting places were thoroughly cleansed, sprinkled with scented water and strewn with fruits, flowers and unbroken seeds. (15) At the door of each residential house there was a display of curd, unbroken fruits, sugar cane, decorations, pots of water and articles for worship like incense and lamps. (16-17) Hearing that the dearmost was coming home, His father Vasudeva and the magnanimous Akrûra, Ugrasena, Krishna's superhumanly powerful elder brother Balarâma, Pradyumna, Cârudeshna and Sâmba the son of Jâmbavatî, were all by the force of extreme happiness alerted from their resting, sitting and dining. (18) Headed by brâhmanas and elephants, with all-auspicious signs, the sound of conchshells and the glorifying chanting of hymns, they hurried on their chariots towards Him immersed in cheerfulness and an all-respectful affection. (19) Hundreds of well known courtesans very anxious to meet Him followed with their vehicles, with dazzling earrings enhancing the beauty of their foreheads. (20) There were dancers, singers, historians, genealogists and learned speakers chanting their inspiration on the superhuman activities of The Lord. (21) The Supreme Lord approached each of the friends and citizens who came to receive and welcome Him, as it should with due honor and respect. (22) He, the Almighty, bowed His head greeting them in words, embracing and shaking hands with the encouragement of His glancing smile and down to the lowest He gave His benedictions as desired. (23) Then, accompanied by the elderly relatives and invalid brâhmanas and their wives, He entered the city where He was also welcomed with blessings and praises of other admirers.

 

 

 

 

(24) While passing over the public roads of Dvârakâ the respectable ladies got on top of their palaces for looking at Krishna, o learned ones, as they considered it the greatest festival. (25) Although they always were looking at Him this way regularly, the inhabitants of Dvârakâ never tired of the compelling sight of of the Infallible One's embodiment as the reservoir of beauty. (26) In His chest the goddess of fortune resides, from His face the eyes are drinking, by His arms the ruling demigods abide, and His lotus feet are the shelter for the singing and talking devotees. (27) Being served by a white parasol, fans and a road covered by a shower of flowers, with His yellow garments and flower garlands, the Lord looked like a cloud surrounded by sun, moon, lightening and rainbow together.

 

 

 

 

(28) But after entering the houses of His father He was embraced by His own seven mothers [the real one, the wife of the priest, the guru and the king, the cow, the nurse and mother earth] gladly headed by Devakî to whom He bowed His head down in obeisance. (29) After all of them had put Him on their laps their breasts got wet of affection and delight and the water of the tears that overwhelmed them. (30) Thereafter He entered His personal palaces that answered all desires to the full with His wives that numbered over sixteen thousand. (31) With their minds rejoicing the ladies, from a distance seeing their husband now returned home, at once got up from their seats and meditations with a, according the custom, coyly looking face. (32) Sending their sons at the sight of Him, embracing Him from within their hearts in insuperable ecstasy first, they in spite of that choked up with tears that inadvertently fell like water from their eyes in shyness. (33) Although He was [always] at their side and that also in seclusion, appeared His feet nevertheless newer and newer at each step - who can be detached from the feet of the eternal that are never quit by the goddess of fortune? (34) He without being part of it Himself created the enmity between the rulers who became a burden to the earth, born as they were with their military strength and conceit about their background. He gave relief by killing them alike the wind that creates fire from friction between bamboos. (35) He appeared amongst all of these in this human world by Himself from His own causeless mercy, enjoying the worthiest of women as if it concerned an ordinary worldly affair. (36) Although they were spotless and exciting in their grave expression looking from the corners of their eyes in a way that even won Cupid to give up his bow, they as maddening women first class were never able to perturb His senses by their magical feats. (37) All of the materially conditioned souls certainly speculate that He who is unattached in spite [of being in the material world], would compare to an ordinary person like themselves that is foolish out of ignorance. (38) Such is the divinity of the Personality of Godhead that He, although He is in contact with material nature, is never affected by its qualities, as is also true for the intelligence of the ones situated in the eternal of the Lord who gives them shelter. (39) The delicate women out of simplicity took it for true that He would be like someone who is dominated and isolated by his wife in following her, being unaware of the glories of their husband the way the atheists hold Him to be not knowing Him as the Supreme Controller."