Description of Vrndavana
BY: SUN STAFF
Illustration from Gita-Govinda
Mar 23, CANADA (SUN)
Sri Gautamiya Tantra - Chapter Four
Translated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa
atha Vrndavanam dhyayet
One should now meditate upon Vrndavana-dhama, which is full of flowers during all seasons, and also full of the warbling sounds of many birds. All the Vedic scriptures offer their respectful obeisances to that Vrndavana.
In that Vrndavana, all directions are full of the buzzing sounds of the wandering bumble-bees, and the entire area is pleasantly cooled by the breezes blowing over the waves of the Yamuna river.
vriksha-khandais ca manditam
That Vrndavana is decorated with many trees covered by various flowering creepers. The entire area is as splendid and effulgent as if the sun and moon had both risen.
The sky is greyish, filled with the pollen of the lotus flowers and white water lilies, monkeys and many other animals reside there.
That Vrndavana contains 32 forests, and it grants more transcendental bliss even than Vaikuntha. Lord Indra and the other demigods are absorbed in meditation upon that Vrndavana.
tan-madhye ratna-bhumim ca
In the middle of Vrndavana there is a jewelled place as splendid as thousands of suns. There is a garden of desire trees which shower jewels (upon the ground).
In the middle of a splendid mountain of rubies, there is a jewelled temple. That brilliantly effulgent temple appears very colorful and amazing, constructed of many different varieties of jewels.
That temple is surrounded by many colorful, amazing and splendid fruit trees. It's doors are decorated with jewelled arches, and is stands on a platform of rubies.
divyaih samukuraih satsu
Decorated with splendid mirrors and exquisite pearls, that place is as effulgent as millions of suns. It is free from the six distresses of material existence.
bubhuksha va pipasa ca
pranasya manasas tatha
There are six waves of material distress. 1. Hunger and 2. thirst are the distresses of the life-air. 3. Lamentation and 4. illusion are the distresses of the mind. 5. Old-age and 6. death are the distresses of the body.
tatra kalpa-tarum dhyayet
That temple is constructed with four doors which have eight splendid panels. One should meditate upon the excellent desire-tree there which appears to shower many jewels.
sevitam ritubhih sarvaih
That desire tree has leaves which are emeralds and blossoms which are various jewels. All the seasons beautify that tree and it appears to gently shower nectar.
That amazing tree is decorated with pearls and jewels, and rubies are it's splendid fruits. It's auspicious shade destroys the burning distresses of material existence.
tan-mula cintayen mantri
A person properly initiated in the chanting of Vaisnava-mantras should meditate on the splendid jewelled throne at the base of that tree. That throne is a brilliant as the sun, and it appears like an eight-petalled lotus flower.
To cross over the ocean of material existence, as well as to attain success in religiosity, sense-gratification and economic development, one should meditate upon the absolute truth, the master of all universes, (Who is seated upon that throne).
That absolute truth is Lord Krishna, Who is dressed in yellow garments and Whose eyes are as beautiful as lotus flowers. He is very handsome and auspicious, and His eyes, lips, and the surfaces of His hands and the soles of His feet are wonderfully reddish.
He wears an effulgent kaustubha jewel upon His chest, and He is decorated with various jewels. He appears very beautiful, decorated with a necklace of shining jewels and pearls.
ratnair nana-vidhair yuktam
His belt is decorated with many different jewels, and His finger are ornamented with many kinds of jewelled rings. His forehead is decorated with tilaka markings drawn with gorocana and kunkuma.
kundalais ca susobhitam
He wears an effulgent crown fashioned from many jewels. He appears very splendid, decorated with armlets, necklaces, ear-rings and golden bracelets.
His transcendental face is decorated with curling locks of hair, and He wears two yellow garments. His lips are reddish like bimba fruits and the splendid flute there produces the sweetest nectar.
He is decorated with a peacock feather and with forest-flowers. He appears very splendid, decorated with a beautiful garland of kadamba flowers.
venum grihitva hastabhyam
mukhe samyojya vadinam
His splendid and charming waist possesses greater beauty than millions of cupids. Taking the flute in His hands, and placing it to His mouth, He plays (the most enchanting) music.
gayantam divya-tanais ca
svargad iva paribhrashtam
Staying in Vrndavana, Lord Hari plays very beautiful melodies with sustained notes. Surrounded by a hundred youthful gopis, He appears like a demigod who has descended from the heavenly planets.
vrisa-sandais ca manditam
He is surrounded by cows, calves, bulls, oxen and thousands of gopis, whose large eyes are as beautiful as lotus-petals.
tumburur naradas caiva
haha huhus tathaiva ca
That Lord Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the sole master of the three worlds. The demigods worship Him by offering flowers, and the Gandharvas Narada, Tumburu, Haha and Huhu also worship Him.
srutva gitam tatha hareh
When the two Kinnaras heard Lord Hari's music, they became astonished, and threw away their vinas and other musical instruments.
te stuvanti mahatmanam
gayanto viyati sthitah
Staying in the sky, the Siddhas, Gandharvas, Yakshas and Apsaras all sang the glories of Lord Hari, the great Personality of Godhead.
sthavaraih pannagais capi
siddhair vidyadharais tatha
sakhamrigair manusyais ca
The astonished mountains and other inanimate living entities, snakes, Siddhas, Vidyadharas, monkeys and human being all appeared and offered prayers to Lord Hari.
lokanaam patim avyayam
Lord Hari is endowed with all auspicious qualities and He is splendidly handsome. He enchants all the gopis and He is the eternal master of all living entities.
haradena ca siddhena
Lord Hari was glorified by Narada, Visvamitra, Parasara, Vyasa, Bhrigu, and Angira, who are all highly intelligent perfected being.
dakshena sanakadyais ca
siddhena kapilena ca
vasishtadyair munindrais ca
King Daksha, the four Kumaras, headed by Sanaka, the perfected mystic Lord Kapila, Vastu, the eloquent Brihaspati, Harita, Yajnavalkya, Sukra, Kratu, Markandeya, Bharadvaja, Pulasta, Pulaha, Vasishta and his followers, all the sages, the kings, demigods and even the demons, glorify Lord Hari by offering prayers.
anyair api sura-sreshthaih
stuyamanam smared vibhum
One should meditate on the omnipotent Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Hari who is glorified by the perfected mystics residing on the Brahmaloka planet, by the mystics residing on various planets and by others who are counted as the best of the demigods.
evam sancintayen mantri
cetasa krishnam avyayam
A properly initiated Vaisnava should meditate on the eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna, in this way. That Vaisnava finds the terrible ocean of material existence as insignificant as the scanty water in a calves footprint.
Waiting No More
Illustration from Gita-Govinda