Pastimes at Sunset
atha sayam seva
tas ca dugdhva dohayitva
payayitva ca kascana
pitra sardham griham yati
After milking some of the cows, having the other gopas milk the other
cows, and allowing the calves to also drink some of the milk, Lord
Krishna, accompanied by His father and by servants carrying the milk,
tatrapi matri-vrindais ca
tat-putrais ca balaih saha
Then, accompanied by Lord Balarama, the gopa boys, and the boys'
mothers, Lord Krishna ate a feast of many different kinds of foods,
foods to be chewed, licked, or consumed in other ways.
Pastimes of the Evening
atha pradosa-seva tan matuh prarthanat purvam
radhayapi tadaiva hi
On Mother Yasoda's request, Sri Radha and Her friends had cooked this feast.
slaghayams ca haris tani
bhuktva pitradibhih saha
sabha-griham vrajet tais ca
After enjoying the feast in the company of His father and the others,
Lord Krishna praises in with many words. Then, accompanied by the poets
ansd reciters, Lord Krishna goes to the assembly-house.
pakvannani grihitva ya
sakhyas tatra samagatah
bahuni ca punas tani
Then mother Yasoda gave abundant remnants from the feast to the gopis who had brought it in the first place.
sakhya tatra taya dattam
krishnocchishtam tatha rahah
sarvam tabhih samaniya
Mother Yasoda gives them the remnants from Lord Krishna's plate. The
gopis take it and in a secluded place present it before Sri Radha.
sapi bhuktva sakhi-varga-
sakhibhir mandita tishthed
Then Sri Radha and Her friends honor Lord Krishna's remnants. Then, to
prepare for Her meeting with Lord Krishna, the gopis decorate joyful
prasthapyate 'naya kacid
ita eva tatah sakhi
One of the gopis has already made arrangements for Sri Radha's secret meeting with Lord Krishna by the Yamuna's shore.
vesa yati sakhi-yuta
Accompanied by Her friends and dressed in garments suitable for a
bright or a dark night, Sri Radha goes to a jewel palace in a
krishno 'pi vividham tatra
drishtva kautuhalam tatah
srutva ca gitakany api
Meanwhile Lord Krishna saw many festive ceremonies and heard many beautiful poems and songs.
dhana-dhanyadis tams ca
janair akarito matra
Then Lord Krishna pleases the artists and performers with many valuable
gifts and then, called by His mother, He goes to bed.
matari prasthitayam tu
bhojayitva tato grihan
When, after giving Him a nightime snack, mother Yasoda left the
bedroom, unseen by anyone, Lord Krishna left His home and went to meet
Pastimes at Night
ratri-seva militva tav ubhav atra
viharair vividhair vesaih
Meeting in the forest groves, Sri Sri Radha and Krishna enjoy singing, dancing, and many other pastimes.
ratrer evam viharatah
susupsur viset kunjam
After enjoying pastimes for seven and a half hours of the night, Lord
Krishna becomes sleepy. Accompanied by five or six gopis and unseen by
the others, He enters another forest.
nirvrnta-kusumaih kl pte
Served by Their dear gopi friends, the divine couple sleeps there on a beautiful pastime-bed made of unstemmed flowers.
srotum icchami bho deva
vrindavane rasam divyam
Sri Narada said: O master, I wish to hear of the transcendental mellows
of Lord Krishna's final pastimes with Sri Radha in Vrindavana forest.
srinu narada vakshyami
na vaktavyam hi kasyacit
Lord Sadasiva said: O Sri Narada, please hear and I will describe the
pure nectar mellows of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna's pastimes. These sublime
pastimes are very confidential. They should not be spoken to anyone.
kartum vrindavane bhumau
After a long time Lord Krishna described to me His last nectar pastimes with Sri Radha.
mayi prasannah sri-krishno
yugalakhyam dadau mahyam
Please with me, Lord Krishna gave me two peerless mantras plunged in the nectar of His glorious pastimes.
samabravit tada krishnah
sva-sisyam mam svakam rasam
bravimi tvam srinusvadya
Then Lord Krishna described His nectar pastimes to me, his disciple. O
Sri Narada, now you may happily hear what even Brahma and all the
demigods do not know. I will tell it to you.
vane purnatamo vasan
viharam kurute sada
Nanda's son, who is the prince of Vraja, who stays in Vrindavana forest
and enjoys pastimes there eternally, and who is like a perfectly full
moon, is the most-perfect form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
mathurayam vasan puri
yutah kridati sarvada
Vasudeva's son, who stays in Mathura City and enjoys pastimes there
eternally, and who is like a moon one day before being perfectly full,
is the more-perfect form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
vatyam purnas tv asau vasan
viharaty eva sarvada
The king of Dvaraka, who stays in Dvaraka, and enjoys pastimes there
eternally, and who is like a moon two days before being perfectly full,
is the perfect form of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
ekaya kalaya dvabhyam
purnau sve sve pade rase
As the king of Dvaraka, Lord Krishna is like a moon two days before its
fullness. As the king of Mathura, Lord Krishna is like a moon one day
before its fullness. As the master of Vrindavana, Lord Krishna is like
a moon on the day of its perfect fullness.
The form and pastimes of the king of Mathura are like a full moon.
Still, compared to the master of Vrindavana, the form and pastimes of
the king of Mathura are like a moon one day before its fullness. The
form and pastimes of the king of Dvaraka are like a full moon. Still,
compared to the master of Vrindavana, the form and pastimes of the king
of Dvaraka are like a moon two days before its fullness.
cintyacintya tathaiva ca
mohini kausality astau
bahirangas ca saktayah
Sri, Bhu, Lila, Yogamaya, Cintya, Acintya, Mohini, and Kasali are Lord Krishna's eight external potencies.
lila prema svarupa ca
sthapany akarshini tatha
samyogini viyoginy a-
Lila, Prema-svarupa, Sthapani, Akarshini, Samyogini, Viyogini, and Ahladini are Lord Krishna's internal potencies.
santi sodasa saktayah
tasyaita vai sanatanah
In Vraja these sixteen eternal potencies expand the sweetness of Lord Krishnacandra.
hladini ya maha-saktih
The Hladini potency is the best of all potencies is. That potency is
the personification of ecstatic love. That potency is called Sri Radha.
krida yah samaye mune
O sage, Lord Vasudeva and Lord Kshirodakasayi Visnu are also present in
the pastimes that Lord Krishnacandra enjoys with His Hladini potency.
chaktir akarshini hareh
kridante sthapayet tam tu
The potency Akarsini manifests the Lord's pastimes from the spiritual
sky. The potency Sthapini manifests the Lord's pastimes from Lord
vikridan radhaya sardham
labhate paramam sukham
Nanda's son, who enjoys supreme bliss in His pastimes with Sri Radha, is the only most perfect form of the Lord.
sri-narada uvaca gate madhu-purim krishne
samsayam chindhi me prabho
Sri Narada said: If when Lord Krishna goes to Mathura He manifests His
more-perfect form of Vasudeva's son (which is different from the
most-perfect form of Nanda's son), then how is it possible for Sri
Radha to feel the pangs of separation from this form (a form different
from the Vrindavana-Krishna)? O master, please cut apart this doubt.
saktih samyogini kama
vama saktir viyogini
caivam radha trayam vraje
Lord Sadasiva said: The Samyogini potency arranges the amorous pastimes
of the divine couple, and the Viyogini potency arranges that the divine
couple be separated. The Hladini potency is the Lord's pleasure
potency. In Vraja Sri Radha is the manifestation of these three
mama pranesvarah krishnas
tyaktva vrindavanam kvacit
kadacin naiva yatiti
Sri Radha, the daughter of Kirtida, thinks, "Sri Krishna, the master of
My life, never leaves Vrindavana to go to any other place."
kama-vame na janita
iti ca brahma-nandana
O son of Brahma, Radha does not see any difference in Lord Krishna
appearance or dissapearance. This was also so when Lord Krishna
disappeared in the beginning of the rasa-dance.
vasudevo jagama ha
O sage, it is the Lord's feature as the son of Vasudeva and the king of
Mathura who goes to Mathura. The son of Nanda does not go. He merely
hides in beautiful Vrindavana.
pravasakhyam rasam lebhe
radha vai kirtida-suta
tato vadanti munayah
In this way Sri Radha, the duaghter of Kirtida experiences the mellow
of thinking Her beloved has gone away on a journey. In this way the
sages described that mellow, where Sri Radha is bereft of Her beloved's
mama jivanam neta ca
tyaktva mam mathuram gatah
iti vihvalita vama
radhaya virahad abhut
Sri Radha thinks, "He who is My hero and My life has left Me and gone
to Mathura!" In this way unhappy Radha is agitated in separation from
yamunayam nimagna sa
prakasam gokulasya ca
golokam prapya tatrabhut
She gave up Her life by drowning in the Yamuna. Thus She returned to
Goloka in the spiritual world where again She enjoyed the nectar of
Lord Krishna's company.
kama radha ca mathura-
kurukshetram gata tirtha-
When Lord Krishna went to Mathura, Sri Radha became very unhappy in His
absence. Yearning to meet Him again, She went on pilgirmage to
uddhavo vrajam agatah
sutam masa-dvaye gate
Learned in the science of love for Krishna, Uddhava goes to Vrindavana
for two months and there he consoles Sri Radha, the daughter of Kirtida.
radham asvadayam asa
kathayam bhagavatyam tu
tada pratyakshatam gatah
O best of sages, Uddhava made Sri Radha taste the nectar of the
descriptions of Lord Krishna. In this way he made glorious and handsome
Lord Krishna appear before Her eyes.
In the Padma Purana, Uttara-khanda, it is said that the king of Dvaraka
visited Vrindavana and that the king of Dvaraka entered Lord
Kshirodakasayi Visnu, who then gave a boon to Drona and Dhara. He did
this to arrange for the return to the spiritual world. This is also
confirmed by the words of Srimad-Bhagavatam. In the Padma Purana,
Uttara-khanda, in the verse beginning with the words "kalindi-puline
ramye" it is said that, eager to see the sweet pastimes of Nanda's son,
the king of Dvaraka traveled by airplane to Vrindavana and stayed there
for two months.
iti te sarvam akhyatam
naityikam caritam hareh
papino 'pi vimucyante
smaranad yasya narada
O Sri Narada, thus I have told you all about Lord Krishna's daily
activities. By remembering these pastimes even sinners become liberated.
dhanyo 'smy anugrihito 'smi
tvaya devi na samsayah
harer me nityaki lila
yato me 'dya prakasita
Sri Narada said: I am very fortunate. O goddess, you have been very
kind to me. Of this there is no doubt. Today you have revealed to me
Lord Krishna's daily pastimes.
ity uktva tam parikramya
taya capi prapujitah
antardhanam gato rajan
Sri Sanatkumara said: After speaking these words, Sri Narada
circumambulated Goddess Vrinda. Then Vrinda gave all honor to Sri
Narada. O king, then Sri Narada, the best of the sages, disappeared
mayapy etad anupurvam
sarvam tat parikirtitam
japan nityam prayatnena
Thus I have told you everything. Every day I carefully chant those two peerless mantras.
krishna-vaktrad imam labdham
pura rudrena yatnatah
In ancient times Lord Sadasiva attained this from Lord Krishna's mouth.
Lord Sadasiva spoke this to Sri Narada. I heard it from Sri Narada and
now I have repeated it to you.
mayapy etat tavoditam
tvaya ca tad gopaniya-
These words I have spoken have the power to extinguish the fire of
repeated birth and death. Please protect these very confidential and
wonderful words very carefully.
krita-krityo 'bhavam sakshat
tvat-prasadad aham guro
tvaya mahyam prakasitam
Sri Ambarisa said: O spiritual master, by your mercy my life is now a
great success. You have revealed to me the most secret of secrets.
dharman etan upadishto
japan mantram ahar-nisam
acirad eva tad-dasyam
avapsyasi na samsayah
Sri Sanatkumara said: Following these religious principles and chanting
this mantra day and night, you will quickly attain direct service to
Lord Krishna. Of this there is no doubt.
mayapi gamyate rajan
guror ayatanam mama
vrindavane yatra nityam
gurur me 'sti sadasivah
O king, this I attained from my spiritual master, Lord Sadasiva, who always stays in Vrindavana.