Pastimes in the End of Night
madhye vrindavane ramye
In the middle of beautiful Vrindavana forest, which is decorated with fifty groves, in a grove of kalpa-vriksha trees, in a glittering jewel palace, . . .
nidrito tishthatas talpe
pakshibhir bodhitav api
. . . on a graceful bed, the sleeping, tightly embracing divine couple were awakened by birds following my command.
na manas kurutas talpat
samutthatum manag api
Their firm embrace broken, the divine couple became unhappy at the thought of Their impending separation. They had no wish to rise even slightly from Their bed.
tatas ca sarika-sanghaih
sukadyair api tau muda
bodhitau vividhair vakyaih
Awakened by the cheerful words of many parrots and other birds, Sri Sri Radha-Krishna rose from Their bed.
upavishtau tato drishtva
sakhyas talpe mudanvitau
pravisya cakrire sevam
Seeing that the divine couple had happily risen from bed, the gopis entered and served Them in ways appropriate to that time.
punas ca sarika-vakyair
utthaya tau sva-talpatah
When the female parrots spoke, the divine couple rose from Their bed. Very anxious, They returned to Their homes.
pratas ca bodhito matra
talpad utthaya sa-tvaram
kritva krishno danta-kashtham
Wakened by His mother in the early morning, Lord Krishna rose from bed. Then He and Balarama brushed Their teeth.
radhapi bodhita vriddha-
With His mother's permission, Lord Krishna eagerly went to the barn to
milk the cows. Then Sri Radha, wakened by the elder gopis, also rose
from Her bed.
snana-vedim tato gatva
Sri Radha rose, brushed Her teeth, anointed Herself with fragrant oils,
and then went to the bathing-room, where Lalita and the other gopis
bhusha-griham vrajet tatra
vayasya bhushayanty api
bhushanair vividhair divyair
Then She went to the decorating-room, where Her friends decorated Her
with garlands, scents, oils, and many glittering ornaments.
tatas ca sva-janais tasyah
svasrum samprarthya yatnatah
paktum ahuyate turnam
sa-sakhi sa yasodaya
Then, after first speaking to Radha's mother-in-law, Yasoda called Radha and Her friends to cook breakfast for Lord Krishna.
katham ahuyate devi
pakartham sa yasodaya
Sri Narada said: O goddess, why did Yasoda call Sri Radha to cook when
Rohini and so many other expert cooks were present in her home?
durvasasa svayam datto
varas tasyai maharshina
chrutam asin maya pura
Sri Vrinda said: The great sage Durvasa gave Radha a boon that She
would be the best of cooks. This I heard from the mouth of Katyayani.
tvaya yat pacyate devi
bhoktur ayush-karam tatha
Durvasa said to Radha, "O goddess, by my mercy whatever You cook will
be more delicious than nectar. It will increase the life of whoever
ity ahvayati tam nityam
ayushman me bhavet putrah
svadu-lobhat tatha sati
That is why every day Yasoda calls Radha to cook. Yasoda thinks, "Eager
to eat this delicious food, my son will live a very long life."
svasrus canumodita sapi
gatva pakam karoti ca
Receiving permission from Her mother-in-law, Radha becomes very happy.
Accompanied by a host of friends, She goes to Krishna's home to cook.
krishno 'pi dugdhva gah kascid
dohayitva janaih parah
agacchati pitur vakyat
sva-griham sakhibhir vritah
Meanwhile, Lord Krishna milked some cows and had the other boys milk
the others. Then, called by His father, He and His friends returned
dasaih samsnapito muda
Then the servants happily massaged Lord Krishna, bathed Him, dressed
Him in clean garments, garlanded Him, and anointed His body with sandal
Then the servants gathered Lord Krishna's hair from His forehead to His
neck and tied it in a topknot. They made the moon of the His forehead
splendid with tilaka and curling locks of hair.
They decorated Lord Krishna with armlets and bracelets. They made His
hands splendid with jewel rings. They placed a necklace of pearls
across His chest and decorated His ears with shark-shaped earrings.
muhur akarito matra
avalambya karam matur
Again and again called by His mother, Lord Krishna, holding His
mother's hand, finally followed Balarama into the breakfast-room.
bhuktva ca vividhannani
matra ca sakhibhir vritah
hasayan vividhair vakyaih
sakhims tair hasitah svayam
Accompanied by His mother and His friends, Lord Krishna ate a
breakfast-feast of many different kinds of foods. He told many jokes,
laughing and making His friends laugh.
ittham bhuktva tathacamya
visramet sevakair dattam
tambulam vibhajann adan
Then the servants brought betelnuts. After sharing them with His
friends and chewing some Himself, Lord Krishna rested for a moment on a
drishtva yasodaya huta
bhunkte 'nnam lajjayanvita
Radha watched as Lord Krishna enjoyed these pastimes of eating
breakfast. When Yasoda called, Radha, accompanied by Lalita and many
other gopi friends, shyly ate breakfast.