Sri Brhad-Bhagavatamrta, Part 5
BY: SUN STAFF
Narada Muni and King Yudhisthira
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.
Jul 01, CANADA (SUN) By Srila Sanatana Goswami, translated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa.
Part One, Chapter Five
Priya (The Dear Devotees)
tatah sri-narado harsha-
kurudesam gato dhavan
Dancing, and overcome with happiness, Narada flew to Kurudesa, where he quickly entered the capitol.
tavat kasyapi yagasya
vipat-patasya va mishat
krishnam anayya pasyama
iti mantrayata svakaih
dharma-rajena tam dvari
tatha praptam maha-munim
nisamya bhratribhir matra
patnibhis ca sahotthitam
sa-sambhramam dhavata tu
so 'bhigamya pranamya ca
sabham aniya sat-pithe
rajna puja rtham anitaih
matas tvac-chvasuran eva
sa-bhrityan arcayat sa tan
When Narada Muni arrived at the door, Maharaja Yudhishthira was saying to his relatives: "Let us arrange for either a grand Vedic sacrifice, or else a terrible calamity. That will force Lord Krishna to come here, and then we will be able to see Him." Seeing Narada at the door, Maharaja Yudhishthira, accompanied by his brothers, mother, and wives, at once stood up, hastily ran to him, greeted him, bowed down before him, brought him into the palace, carefully seated him on a grand throne, and brought various articles to worship him. O mother, Narada then took the articles of worship and began himself to worship your fathers-in-law and their servants.
muhuh sankirtayam asa
His words ornamented by vina music, Narada elaborately repeated Hanuman's description of Lord Krishna's great mercy to the Pandavas.
yuyam nri-loke bata bhuri-bhaga
lokam punana munayo 'bhiyanti
yesham grihan avasatiti sakshad
gudham param brahma manushya-lingam
Narada Muni said: My dear Maharaja Yudhishthira, all of you [the Pandavas] are extremely fortunate, for the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, lives in your palace just like a human being. Great saintly persons know this very well, and therefore they constantly visit this house.*
Texts 8 and 9
sriman-nrisimhah kila vamanas ca
sri-raghavendro 'pi yad-amsa-rupah
anye 'vataras ca yad-amsa-lesato
brahmadayo yasya vibhutayo matah
maya ca yasyekshana-vartma-vartini
Even Brahma, Siva, and the other great demigods can only rarely see Him in a trance of meditation. The words of the Vedas describe Him. Lord Nrisimha, Vamana, and Ramacandra are His plenary portions, and the other incarnations are portions of His plenary portions. Brahma and the other demigods are considered His potencies. The illusory potency, Maya, who creates, maintains, and destroys the material universes, is a maidservant on the pathway of His glance.
Texts 10 and 11
yasya prasadam dharani-vilapatah
kshiroda-tire vrata-nishthaya sthitah
brahmadayah kancana nalabhantas
stutvapy upasthana-parah samahitah
brahmanaiva samadhau khe
jatam adhigatam hridi
yasya prakasyatam ajnam
sukhita nikhilah surah
Inspired by the lament of Mother Earth, Brahma and the demigods went to the shore of the milk ocean and, although they faithfully worshiped the Lord with prayers, they could not obtain the Lord's mercy. Then the order of the Lord was manifested in the sky, and when Brahma understood it in his own heart, all the demigods became happy.
kasminn api prajna-varair vivikte
gargadibhir yo nibhritam prakasyate
narayano 'sau bhagavan anena
samyam kathancil labhate na caparah
In a secluded place the very intelligent sages, headed by Garga Muni, secretly revealed that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Narayana, and no one is His equal.
atah sri-madhu-puryam yo
dirgha-vishnur iti srutah
maha-narayano 'pi ca
Then He went to Mathura City, where He became known as Dir gha-Vishnu, Maha-Hari, Maha-Vishnu, and Maha-Narayana.
yasya prasadah san mauna-
prarthyo nah sa svayam vo 'bhut
prasanno vasa-varty api
We pray that by spritual activities beginning with vows of silence, being peaceful, and engaging in devotional service, we may attain His mercy. You, however, have already pleased Him and brought Him under your control.
aho srinuta purvam tu
moksha-sthitir iyam sada
Listen. Although in His previous incarnations He gave it to only a chosen few, this time He gives liberation to everyone.
Texts 16 and 17
ravanah kumbhakarnas ca
tathanye ghatitah svayam
muktim na nita bhaktir na
datta kasmaicid uttama
prahladaya param datta
Although Kalanemi, Hiranyaksha, Hiranyakasipu, Ravana, Kumbhakarna, and many other demons were personally killed by Him, they did not attain liberation. Pure devotional service was not given to any of them. Devotional service was given only to the demon Prahlada during the advent of Lord Nrisimha.
hanuman jambavan sriman
sugrivo 'tha vibhishanah
guho dasaratho 'py ete
nunam katipaye janah
chuddham bhaktim tu lebhire
visuddhasya tu kasyapi
premno vartapi na sthita
Although Sri Hanuman, Jambavan, Sugriva, Vibhishana, Guha, Dasaratha, and a few others attained pure devotional service from Him, during the advent of Lord Ramacandra there was not even the briefest mention of the highest stage of pure love of God.
matuleyena no kritah
mukta bhaktas tatha suddha-
Now your maternal cousin Krishna has caused many to become liberated. Many He has given pure devotional service, and many He has filled with pure love of God.
atmana marita ye ca
narakarhas ca daiteyas
Demons killed by Lord Krishna, by Arjuna, or by the Lord's associates, although they deserved to go to hell, attained a glorious liberation.
munayo ye 'rtha-sadhakah
visvamitro gautamas ca
vasishtho 'pi tatha pare
bhaktitah prarthyatam prapya-
Visvamitra, Gautama, Vasishtha, and many other sages intently performing austerities, chanting mantras, and seeking knowledge, went to Kurukshetra and by Lord Krishna's mercy came to desire only pure devotional service. They all became pure devotees.
sthavaras ca tamo-yoni-
Even trees, vines and other immobile living entities in forms of life darkened by ignorance have now attained pure ecstatic love for Lord Krishna. Now they are all nourished by the nectar rains of pure love for Him.
Texts 23 and 24
he krishna-bhrataras tasya
kim varnyo 'purva-darsitah
tatha lila gunah prema
mahima keli-bhur api
O cousins of Lord Krishna, how can I describe the great, never-seen-before wonder of the sweetness of the handsomeness of His transcendental form? His pastimes, qualities, love, glory, and pastime-places are unprecedented and wonderful.
manye 'travatarishyan na
svayam evam asau yadi
bhavishyat prakata na hi
I think that if He had not descended to this world, the fact that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead would not have been revealed.
idanim paramam kashtham
praptabhut sarvatah sphuta
The great wonder of His sweetness and glory is now displayed to its fullest perfection.
krishnasya karuna-kathas tu dure
tasya prakasyo bata nigraho 'pi
baly-adayah prag api sakshino 'tra
Let the description of Lord Krishna's kindnesses stay far away. His mercy is shown even in His fighting. Kamsa, Kaliya, Putana, Bali, and a host of others bear witness to this.
iti pragayan rasanam munir nijam
aho pravrittasi mahattva-varnane
prabhor apiti sva-radair vidasya tam
Sri Parikshit said: After singing these words, Narada Muni instructed his tongue, which was greedy for Lord Krishna's glories: "Aha! You are chanting the glories of the Lord!" Narada then bit the tongue with his teeth.
Note: Narada feels he is not qualified to say anything about Lord Krishna.
rasane te mahad-bhagyam
etad eva yad ihitam
kincid uccarayer esham
O tongue, you are very fortunate to have spoken these words. Now, as much as you are able, please glorify the dear devotees of ¨the Lord.
mahanubhava bhavatam tu tasmin
pratisvakam yah priyata-viseshah
bhavatsu tasyapi kripa-visesho
dhrishtena niyeta sa kena jihvam
O great souls, what person would be so bold to think that the Lord's kindness and love for you can be actually brought to his tongue?
mata pritheyam yadunandanasya
snehardram asvasana-vakyam ekam
akrura-vaktrat prathamam nisamya
prema-pravahe nimamajja sadyah
When your mother Kunti heard from Akrura's mouth a single sentence of affectionate consolation from Lord Krishna, she at once became plunged in a great flood of pure love.
vicitra-vakyair bahudha ruroda
sputen nrinam yac-chravanena vakshah
bhavatsv api sneha-bharam param sa
raraksha krishna-priyatam apekshya
Lord Krishna's many wonderful words of consolation made her cry. That cry pierced the chests and hearts of the stoutest men. She loved you so much only because you are so dear to Lord Krishna.
cirena dvarakam gantum
sva-gehe rakshyate 'naya
When, after a long time, Lord Krishna, the life of the Yadus, was about to leave for Dvaraka, she spoke many prayers in a voice choked with emotion and convinced Him to continue to stay as a guest in her home.
tatha jarasandha-vadhadina ca
bhimaya tenatmana eva kirtih
Lord Krishna made Yudhishthira very famous in both this world and the next. Although Lord Krishna was Himself the actual cause of Jarasandha's death, He gave all the credit to Bhima.
bhagavan ayam arjunas ca tat
priya-sakhyena gatah prasiddhatam
na purana-sataih parair aho
mahima stotum amushya sakyate
Lord Krishna and Arjuna became famous for Their close friendship. Hundreds of the greatest Puranas are not able to properly describe the glory of that friendship.
nakulah sahadevas ca
sarvais tad-vrittam ikshitam
Everyone saw how the twins Nakula and Sahadeva, who are both full of love for Lord Krishna, recommended that the Lord be worshiped first in the Rajasuya-yajna.
sri-draupadi ca harina svayam eva raja-
sambodhyate priya-sakhity avitatri-putra-
During the Rajasuya-yajna and other festive occasions, Lord Krishna personally performed the auspicious ritual of sprinkling water on Draupadi's hair. He used to address her "O, My dear friend." He protected her from the fearful dangers presented by Durvasa, Duhsasana, and others. He removed all her grief.
He accepted the boiled rice offered by Vidura. He performed the funeral-festival of Bhishma. Please consider how many times He has taken your part in a dispute.
aho bata mahascaryam
kavinam geyatam gatah
Ah! It is very wonderful that the learned and devoted prayers the women in your palace offered to Lord Krishna are now glorified by the greatest poets and philosophers.
'nukampito 'nena kapindra ekalah
Although Prahlada, his grandson Bali, and Hanuman received the Lord Hari's mercy, you and all your friends and relatives have received both His great mercy and His sincere love.
uddisya yan kaurava-sampadam gatah
krishnah samaksham nijagada madrisam
ye pandavanam suhrido 'tha vairinas
te tadrisa me 'pi mamasavo hi te
When He had just received opulent gifts from the Kurush, Lord Krishna said to me and my friends: "They who are friends of the Pandavas are My friends, and they who are their enemies are My enemies. The Pandavas are My life-breath."
dharshtyam mamaho bhavatam gunan kila
jnatum ca vaktum prabhavet sa ekalah
nirnitam etat tu maya maha-prabhuh
so 'travatirno bhavatam krite param
Ah, how bold and arrogant I am! Only the Supreme Lord has the power to know or describe your virtues. I think the Lord descended to this world for your sake only.
atha kshanam lajjayeva
maunam kritvatha nisvasan
dharmarajo 'bravin matri-
Sri Parikshit said: After a moment's embarrassed silence, Maharaja Yudhishthira sighed, and, in the company of his mother, brothers, and wives, said:
naivasmasu kripa hareh
jatu kapy avadharyate
O crest-jewel of eloquent orators, Lord Krishna did not give His mercy to me and my brothers. We thought about this for a long time and we decided that He never gave His mercy to us.
prakritanam jananam hi
krishna-bhaktau pravrittis ca
visvasas ca hrased iva
By seeing the many calamities that have fallen on me and my brothers materialistic men will lose faith in Lord Krishna and they will become less interested to engage in devotional service to Him.
etad evati-kashtam nas
vinannam praninam yadvan
minanam ca vina jalam
If that were to happen it would be a great torment for us. Lord Krishna is our life and soul. Without Him we are like men without food or fish without water.
tato 'rthitam maya yajna-
nishtham darsaya bhaktanam
abhaktanam api prabho
For this reason I prayed to the Lord: "O Lord, please use this Rajasuya-yajna as a trick to grant to both devotees and non-devotees faith in Your pure devotional service.
Note: The Rajasuya-yajna displayed the opulent position of the devotees. Maharaja Yudhishthira considered that the sight of the devotees' opulence will encourage materialistic men to become devotees.
lokayanto yato lokah sarve tvad-bhakta-sampadah
aihikamushmikas citrah suddhah sarva-vilakshanah
bhutva parama-visvasta bhajantas tvat-padambujam
nirduhkha nirbhaya nityam sukhitvam yanti sarvatah
"In this way all the people of the world will see the splendid, wonderful, and extraordinary opulences of Your devotees, both in this world and the next. Then the people will become full of faith and they will worship Your lotus feet. In this way they will become free from suffering and fear and they will attain perfect transcendental happiness."
sampraty abhaktan asmakam
vipakshams tan vinasya ca
rajyam pradattam yat tena
soko 'bhut purvato 'dhikah
Now that He has given us a kingdom and killed the irreligious men who were our enemies, our grief is greater than before.
pare 'pi bahavah santo
'smad-hetor nidhanam gatah
My teachers, headed by Drona and Bhishma, my sons, headed by Abhimanyu, and many others also, have entered the realm of death for my sake.
vicchedena kshanam catra
na sukhamsam labhamahe
I wish for the association of the devotees of Lord Vishnu more than I wish to remain alive. Separated from them I cannot for a moment find the smallest amount of happiness.
sandarsana-sukham ca tat
kenacij jayate cirat
Because we are now pressed with so many duties it has been a long time since we have enjoyed the happiness of seeing Lord Krishna's lotus face.
yadavan eva sad-bandhun
dvarakayam asau vasan
vato ramayati priyan
Now He always stays in Dvaraka, giving pleasure to His dear relatives, the extremely fortunate Yadu dynasty.
asmasu yat tasya kadapi dautyam
sarathyam anyac ca bhavadbhir ikshate
tad bhumi-bhara-kshapanaya papa-
nasena dharmasya ca rakshanaya
Your lordship personally saw how He became our messenger, chariot-driver, and servant in many other ways. Still, all this was only to protect the principles of religion, and, by vanquishing a host of sins, to remove the burden of the earth.
srinu sri-krishna-sishya he
Sri Parikshit said: Then Krishna's dear friend Bhima laughed aloud and said: O student of Lord Krishna, please listen to these words.
na kutra kim tan na vayam pratimah
No one has the power to understand the vast ocean of Krishna's pastimes. Krishna is the original creator of all illusions. He is the guru of all skillful liars and cheaters. When has He not been very clever in His words and deeds? We do not understand Him, and neither do we trust Him.
sa-sokam avadan matas
tato mama pitamahah
arjuno visvasan muhuh
O mother, repeatedly sighing, my grandfather, Sriman Arjuna, the dear friend of Lord Krishna, then spoke the following sorrowful words:
sri-bhagavan arjuna uvaca
bhagavann amuna kritah
kripa-bharo 'pi duhkhaya
kilasmakam babhuva sah
Sri Bhagavan Arjuna said: O Lord Narada, the great mercy your dearmost Lord Krishna gave us simply led to our suffering.
sva-dharmaika-paraih suddha-jnanavadbhih krita rane
bhismadibhih prahara ye varma-marma-bhido dridhah
te tasyam mat-krite svasya sri-murtau cakrapanina
varyamanena ca maya sodhah svi-kritya varasah
Bhishma and others, all intent on performing their religious duty as kshatriyas, and all fixed in transcendental knowledge, hurled many powerful weapons at me in the battlefield to break my armor and pierce my heart. Lord Krishna, who carries the Sudarsana cakra in His hand, for my sake again and again intercepted all those weapons, allowing them to fall on His own transcendental body instead of mine.
tan me cintayato 'dyapi
duhkha-salyam ato brahman
sukham me jayatam katham
Even today, as I think of this act I cannot pull the arrow of grief from my heart. O brahmana Narada, how is it possible for me to be happy?
karmana yena duhkham syan
na tasyacaranam priteh
Action that brings pain to a dear friend is not the symptom of either love or kindness.
nivrittam mam pravartayan
yat kincid upadishtavan
Originally I refused to fight with Bhishma, Drona and the others, but then Lord Krishna, the greatest of philosophers, taught me something that convinced me to fight with them.
Hearing those words Lord Krishna spoke to me gives great pleasure to the dry impersonalist philosophers. This fact brings great pain to those of us who live by glorifying the path of devotional service.
kritenapi na tat sukham
kincit karoty utamushya
vancanam kila bodhayet
When I reflect on the words He spoke to me then I do not become happy. Those words were a trick to cheat me.
Texts 65 and 66
yat sada sarvatha suddha-
tasmin satya-pratijne san
visvastasya dridham sakshat
praptat tasman mama priyam
na para-brahmanah param
I always have full faith in the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna, who is supremely pure, boundlessly merciful, always true to His word, and the very best of friends. No one is more dear to me than the Supreme Brahman, Lord Krishna, whose glorious transcendental form completely enchants the heart and mind.
Texts 67 and 68
yad vipad-ganato dhairyam
yac ca tena yaso rajyam
punyad apy anya-durlabham
vyatanod bhagavams tena
nasya manyamahe kripam
Sri Nakula and Sahadeva said: Lord Krishna gave us the power to be peaceful in the midst of a host of calamities. He killed our enemies. He enabled us to perform the asvamedha-yajna and other Vedic rituals. He gave us great fame. He gave us a kingdom others could not attain even with a host of pious deeds. O Lord Narada, we do not consider any of these acts to be Lord Krishna's kindness to us.
savam sampadayann asau
harshayan nah kripa hi sa
By accepting the offering of first-worship He brought us great happiness and made our festival of many great Vedic sacrifices a grand success. That was His mercy to us.
adhuna vancitas tena
vayam jivama tat katham
tad-darsanam api brahman
yan no 'bhud ati-durghatam
Now it is difficult even to see Him! We have been cheated by Him! How is it possible for us to remain alive?
tac chrutva vacanam tesham
samstabhya yatnad atmanam
krandanty aha sa-gadgadam
Sri Parikshit said: By hearing these words Draupadi became overwhelmed with grief. Composing herself with a great effort, she still continued to cry as she spoke the following words in a voice choked with emotion:
sri-krishnena mama prana-
sakhena bahudha trapa
nivaraniya dushtas ca
Sri Draupadi said: Many times my dear friend Sri Krishna rescued me from great embarrassment. Many times He killed the demons who were my enemies.
kartavyo 'nugrahas tena
sadety asin matir mama
adhuna patitas tata-
I always thought He would be merciful to me. Now my father, brothers, sons, and everyone else have fallen on the battlefield.
tatrapi vidadhe sokam
kim caiccham praptum atmeshtam
kincit tat-tac-chalat phalam
I do not lament. I am surrendered to His will. What shall I desire? On the pretext of these calamities, He grants a great benediction that fulfills all desires.
When all my relatives had been killed, Lord Krishna personally sat by my side and consoled me with many eloquent words.
tani tani tatas tasya
patavyani maya sada
I pray that I may always drink the charming sweet nectar of His smiling words in this way.
tad astu dure saubhagyan
mama purvavad apy asau
nayaty ato daya kasya
mantavya mayaka mune
I am very far from any good fortune. He no longer comes as He came to us before. O sage, what kind of mercy is this?
sokarteva tatha kunti
sasram sa-karunam praha
Sri Parikshit said: Kunti, for whom the sight of Lord Krishna was her life and soul, became stricken with grief. Shedding tears as she remembered Lord Krishna's kindness and cruelty, she spoke the following pitiful words:
Note: Kunti considered Lord Krishna's staying in Dvaraka, where she could not have His continued association, to be His cruelty to her.
tvaraya mocanam samyag
devaki-matrito 'pi yah
svasyam anumito maya
Sri Kunti said: Lord Krishna repeatedly delivered me, a helpless widow with sons, from a host of calamities. For this reason I thought He was more kind to me than He was to His own mother, Devaki.
sa cadhunatmano 'nyesham
api geheshu sarvatah
manasy api padam jatu
na prapnoti kiyan mama
Now both in my own home as well as in the homes of others I can hear the wailing of the women whose relatives are now dead. My heart does not see this as mercy.
sampadah parihritya vai
apadah prarthitas tasmin
I shall abandon this prosperous condition that robs me of the sight of Lord Krishna, and I shall pray for a host of calamities to bring Him again within my sight.
dattva nishkantakam rajyam
pandavah sukhita iti
Thinking, "Because I have given them an unrivaled kingdom, the Pandavas are now happy," He has abandoned us. Now He stays always at Dvaraka.
ato 'tra tasyagamane
'py asa me 'pagata bata
manye 'dhunatmanah sighram
Gone is the hope that He will return here. For a long time I thought my death would be His mercy to me.
bandhu-vatsala ity asa-
tantur yas cavalambyate
sa trutyed yadubhis tasya
The rope of hope that is the thought "Krishna is our dear friend" is now broken, severed by friction with the strong family ties Krishna keeps with the Yadu dynasty.
tad yahi tasya parama-priya-varga-mukhyan
tesham mahattvam atulam bhagavams tvam eva
janasi tad vayam aho kim u varnayema
Please go to visit the Yadu dynasty. They are most dear to Lord Krishna. They are plunged in a great ocean of incomparable transcendental bliss. O lord Narada, you know their incomparable greatness. What can we say to describe it?
bho yadvendra-bhagini-suta-patni matah
sri-dvarakam muni-varas tvaraya gato 'sau
danda-pranama-nikaraih pravisan purantar
durad dadarsa subhagan yadu-pungavams tan
Sri Parikshit said: O mother, O wife of the son of the sister of Lord Krishna, at that moment the great sage Narada quickly went to Dvaraka. He entered the palace and saw in the distance the exalted leaders of the Yadu dynasty. He repeatedly fell down like a stick to offer respectful obeisances.
Narada saw the members of the Yadu dynasty comfortably sitting in their own seats in the Sudharma assembly-house. They wore garlands of parijata flowers. They were very richly ornamented with the handsomeness of their bodily forms.
stuyamanams ca vandibhih
They were entertained by splendid and festive music and dance, and they were glorified by poets with wonderful words.
kelibhir hasato muda
suryam akramatah svabhih
They spoke wonderful joking words among themselves and laughed. They were very charming and the splendor of their forms eclipsed the sun.
kamscit pravayaso 'py eshu
They were wonderfully decorated with many kinds of very splendid ornaments. Everyone, even the very old, was in the prime of youth.
For them the greatest happiness was always to drink the nectar of Lord Krishna's lotus face. Surrounding Maharaja Ugrasena, they respectfully waited for the arrival of Lord Krishnadeva.
Countless millions of Yadus waited, eagerly talking about Lord Krishna, and their hearts and eyes fixed on the path coming from Lord Krishna's residential quarters.
jnatva tam yadavo 'bhyetya
utthapya prasabham panau
dhritva ninyuh sabhantaram
Becoming aware of Narada's presence, the Yadavas hastily ran to him, lifted him up, and at once led him by the hand into the assembly-hall.
paritah svayam asatah
He was offered a great and splendid throne, but he would not sit on it. By his own wish he sat on the floor. Everyone at once sat around him.
natva sanjalim utthaya
vinito muhur aha tan
When they brought paraphernalia to worship him, Narada, the humble leader of the divine sages, bowed down before them with folded hands, stood up, and addressed them:
lokottara mam adhuna dayadhvam
yusmakam evaviratam yathaham
kirtim pragayan jagati bhrameyam
O great souls who have obtained the mercy of Lord Krishna's lotus feet, please be kind to me and allow me to wander through this universe always singing your glories.
aho alam slaghyatamam yadoh kulam
cakasti vaikuntha-nivasito 'pi yat
manushya-loko yad-anugrahad ayam
vilanghya vaikuntham ativa rajate
Ah, the Yadu dynasty is the most glorious. The Yadus are more glorious than the residents of Vaikuntha. By the mercy of the Yadus this world of men has become more glorious than Vaikuntha.
vritta dharitri bhavati saphala-prayasa
yasyam janur-vasati-keli-caya kilaisham
yesham maha-harir ayam nivasan griheshu
kutrapi purvam akritai ramate viharaih
O earth, now your life is a great success, for now the Yadus have taken birth, reside, and enjoy pastimes on your surface. Now the Supreme Personality of Godhead resides on your surface in the homes of the Yadus, and enjoys with them many unprecedented transcendental pastimes.
Texts 99 and 100
tathanyair daihikair dridhaih
cchittva bhaktim vivardhayan
By placing Himself before the eyes of the Yadavas, by conversing with them, touching them, following them, sitting with them, eating with them, sleeping with them, arranging for marriages between their families, and in many other ways, Lord Krishna bound the Yadavas with unbreakable bonds of intense love stronger than the love they bore for their own selves. In this way He broke their desire for impersonal liberation or residence in the celestial material planets, and greatly increased their pure devotion to Him.
vilasaih svair anukshanam
navam navam anirvacyam
vitanoti sukham mahat
By enjoying transcendental pastimes in their company, Lord Krishna, who has now forgotten Vaikunthaloka, gives to the Yadus an indescribable and intense transcendental pleasure that is newer and newer at every moment.
vartamana api svan ye
krishna-premna smaranti na
Even though engaged in sleeping, sitting, walking, talking, playing, bathing, eating, and a host of other activities, they are so absorbed in love for Lord Krishna they cannot remember anything except Him.
bhavatah kena varnyatam
O great king Ugrasena, who is able to describe the wonderful glory of your great good fortune?
Ah, it is very wonderful! It is a great jewel-mine of wonders! The Supreme Personality of Godhead allows Himself to be controlled by the love of His devotees.
yadu-raja bhavantam yan
agre sevakavat tishthan
O king of the Yadus, when you are seated on the throne, Lord Krishna stands before you like a servant, and respectfully says:
bho nidharaya deveti
bhrityam mam adiseti ca
tad bhavadbhyo namo 'bhikshnam
"O my lord, please be kind to Me," and "I am your servant, please order Me." For this reason I offer my respectful obeisances to you again and again. For this reason I offer my respectful obeisances to all your relatives, friends, servants, and anyone connected with you.
vartino yadavo 'khilah
matar ucur maha-munim
Sri Parikshit said: Then all the Yadus, who are great devotees of Lord Krishna, the Deity of the brahmanas, bowed down before the great sage Narada, touched his feet, and said:
katham asman maha-nican
nicavan namasi prabho
The Yadavas said: "Even our master, the great Lord Krishna, worships you. O lord, why do you bow down like a lowly person to offer respects to us, who are so lowly and unimportant?
yad idam nas tvayoditam
tad asambhavitam na syad
O eloquent orator who has defeated even Lord Brahma, it is only because of the great power of Lord Krishna, the king of the Yadus, that what you have said about us is not untrue.
tasya kenapi gandhena
kim va kasya na siddhyati
maha-dayakaro yo 'yam
With the slightest scent of Lord Krishna's association, what person will not attain perfection? Lord Krishna is a jewel-mine of great mercy. He is the best friend of everyone.
He is an ocean of great transcendental glory. Remembering Him grants all the goals of one's life. He is the only shelter of the poor and shelterless. To the humble and lowly He gives a benediction far more valuable than material piety, economic-development, sense-gratification, or liberation.
kintv asmasuddhavah sriman
yadavendrasya yo mantri
sishyo bhrityah priyo mahan
However, among us the fortunate Uddhava is the real object of Lord Krishna's great mercy. Uddhava is Lord Krishna's counselor, disciple, servant, and dear friend.
asman vihaya kutrapi
yatram sa kurute prabhuh
na hi tad duhkham asmakam
drishte 'py asminn apavrajet
The Lord sometimes leaves us and goes traveling. Not ¨noticing our suffering, He goes away.
na janimah kada kutra
punar esha vrajed iti
uddhavo nityam abhyarne
nivasan sevate prabhum
We do not know when or where He will go again. Uddhava, however, always stays with Him and serves Him.
sva-gamya eva vishaye
preshayad bhagavan amum
Sometimes the Lord sends Uddhava to go accomplish something that should actually be done by the Lord Himself. Uddhava's going to deliver Samba is an example of such a mission.
yas tishthan bhojana-krida-
labhate nityam ekalah
When the Lord enjoys the pastime of taking His meals, Uddhava stays nearby. Uddhava alone regularly obtains the maha-prasadam remnants of Lord Krishna's meals.
prabhoh samvahayan muda
sete svanke nidhaya tat
Uddhava happily massages the Lord's lotus feet. Uddhava enters the happiness of sleep with the Lord's feet pressed against his chest.
rahah-kridayam ca kvacid api sasange bhagavatah
prayaty atramatyah parishadi mahan mantra-manibhih
vicitrair narmoghair api hari-krita-slaghana-bhavair
manojnaih sarvan nah sukhayati varan prapayati ca
Sometimes Uddhava accompanies the Lord in His confidential pastimes. In the government assembly-hall Uddhava is the prime minister, who speaks many jewels of good counsel to the Lord. By repeating Lord Krishna's many wonderful joking words and charming words of praise, Uddhava delights us and fulfills all our desires.
kim tasya saubhagya-kulam hi vacyam
vatulatam prapa kilayam evam
Is it possible to describe his great good fortune? Since childhood he has always been rapt in service to the Lord's lotus feet. For this reason a host of ignorant fools proclaims him a madman.
ihaiva manushya-vapushy avapa
sva-rupam utsrijya hareh sva-rupatam
Because he has attained the wonderful glory of always intensely desiring the Lord Krishna's lotus feet, Uddhava has now abandoned his human material form and attained a transcendental form resembling that of Lord Krishna.
pradyumnad ramya-rupah prabhu-dayitataro 'py esha krishnopabhuktair
nepathye bhushito 'sman sukhayati satatam devaki-nandanasya
bhrantya sandarsanena priya-jana-hridayakarshanotkarsha-bhaja
Uddhava is more handsome than Pradyumna, and also more dear to Lord Krishna. Always wearing yellow silk garments, jeweled shark-shaped earrings, garlands of forest flowers and necklaces of jewels that had all been worn at one time by Lord Krishna, Uddhava delights us by bewildering us into thinking that instead of him we are actually seeing before us Lord Krishna, whose handsome splendor attracts the hearts of His devotees.
Texts 122 and 123
matar ity adikam srutva
uddhavasya munir geham
utthaya tasya dig-bhaga-
vartma datum samudyatah
Sri Parikshit said: When he heard these words describing Uddhava's transcendental good fortune, Narada Muni became very eager to go to Uddhava's home. Overwhelmed with wonderful ecstatic love for Lord Krishna, and already knowing the way, Narada began to walk on the path to Uddhava's place when Maharaja Ugrasena, the king of the Yadus, said:
bhagavan uktam evasau
kshanam ekam api kvacit
Sri Ugrasena said: My lord, please hear something for a moment. Without the Lord's express command, Uddhava never leaves Lord Krishna's company.
yathaham prarthya tat-sanga-
sthitim napnomi karhicit
I cannot associate with Him whenever I wish. The temporary maintenance of the kingdom robs me of that great attainment.
yatha ca vancito nitva
I am happy to execute His order, but still I am cheated by the false respect He offers me.
krishnena ca tatha kascid
uddhavas ca maha-sukhi
vancitah syat kadapi na
Uddhava, however, is very happy. Because he has the good fortune always to serve at the Lord's side, he is never cheated by Lord Krishna.
tat tatra gatva bhavatasu madrisam
sandesam etam sa nivedaniyah
adyatyagad agamanasya vela
sva-natham adaya sabham sanathaya
Please go there at once and give my message to Uddhava. Tell him: "The time for the Lord's arrival is already past. Please bring the Lord. Please give the royal-assembly its Lord."
Please look for the continuation of the Sri Brhad-Bhagavatamrta series as a regular Sun editorial column item.