The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Syamakund

BY: SUN STAFF


Jul 21, 2014 — CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 154.

There are countless glorifications of both Syama-kunda and Radha-kunda in Vaisnava sastra, but few that focus on Syama-kunda alone. One of these is the nectarian 'Sri Krsna-kundastaka: Eight Prayers Glorifying Syama-kunda', from the Sri Stavamrta Lahari of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti. Before diving into that ocean of pearls, here are some other glorifications of Syama-kunda.

In his Mahamantra Tika, Srila Jiva Gosvami writes:

    "In pursuance of the wishes of His beloved Sri Radha, He constructed in the forest near Govardhana a lake named Syama-kunda and then drew the waters of all holy bathing places there. Those who know this call Him "Krsna." (Text 5)

Srila Narottama das Thakur, in his Sadhaka-dehocita-sri-brndabana-basa-lalasa (the Devotee's Aspiration to Reside in Sri Vrndavana), writes:

    syama-kunde radha-kunde snana
    kari' kabe judaba parana

    "When by bathing in Syama-kunda and Radha-kunda, will I attain the stage of dedicating my entire life and soul to the service of the Divine Couple?" (Text 4)

Srila Raghunatha das Goswami offered his Sri Govardhanasraya-dasakam - Ten Appeals for Shelter at Govardhana Hill:

    ganga-koty-adhikam bakari-pada-jarishtari-kundam vahan
    bhaktya yah sirasa natena satatam preyan sivad apy abhut
    radha-kunda-manim tathaiva murajit-praudha-prasadam dadhat
    preyah-stavyamano 'bhavat ka iha tam govardhanam nasrayet

    "Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill? He who with always devotedly caries on his bowed head the lake known as Syama-kunda, which is millions of times greater than the Ganges, and which was born from the foot of Lord Krishna, becomes more dear to the Lord than even the demigod Siva. He who in the same way carries the jewel known as Radha-kunda attains the full mercy of Lord Krishna. He becomes the most dear and glorious of devotees." (Text 5)

Finally, here is the super-excellent glorification of Sri Syama-kunda by Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakur:


Sri Krsna-kundastaka
Eight Prayers Glorifying Syama-kunda

From "Sri Stavamrta Lahari" by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti

1
kim tapas cakara tirtha-laksam aksayam pura
suprasidati sma krsna eva sad varam yatah
yatra vasam apa sadhu tat samastha-durlabhe
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

"What austerities did the hundreds of thousands of eternal holy places perform to please Krsna and obtain from Him the benediction to live at Krsna-kunda, the rarest holy place? Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

2
yady arista-danavo pi danado maha-nidher
asmad-ad-durmatibhya ity aho vasiyate
yo mrti-cchalena yatra muktim adbhutam vyadhat
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

If even the Arista demon was able to enter Krsna-kunda, then crooked hearted persons such as us may also be able to live there. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda which, on the pretext of death, grants a wonderful form of liberation.

3
Go-vadhasya niskrtis triloka-tirtha-kotibhi
radhayety avadi tena ta harih samahvayat
yatra parsni-ghata-je mamajja ca svayam muda
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

When Radha said, "To atone for killing a cow (Aristasura) You must visit millions of holy places in the three worlds", Krsna called all the holy places and then happily bathed in the lake that sprang from His heel. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

4
kvapi papa-nasa eva karma-bandha-bandhanad
brahma-saukhyam eva visnuloka-vasita kvacit
prema-ratnam atyayatnam eva yatra labhyate
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

At some holy places one becomes free from all sins, at others one becomes free from the bondage of karma, at others one attains Brahman happiness and at others one attains residence in Visnuloka. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda, where without any effort one attains the jewel of pure love for Krsna.

5
phulla-madhavi-rasala-nipa-kunja-mandale
bhrnga-koka-kokiladi-kakali yad ancati
asta-yamikavitarka-koti-bheda-saurabham
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

Krsna-kunda is surrounded by groves of mango, kadamba and other trees with many madhavis and other vines. There is the music of cakravakas, cuckoos and bees. At night there are millions of inconceivable sweet fragrances. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

6
dola-keli-citra-rasa-nrtya-giti-vadanair
nihnava-prasuna-yuddha-sidhu-pana-kautukaih
yatra khelatah kisora-sekharau sahalibhis
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

With gopi friends the two crowns of youth enjoyed many pastimes there. They rode on a swing, danced wonderful rasa-dances, sang, played instrumental music, and talked. In a secluded place They eagerly drank the nectar of a flower-battle. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

7
divya-ratna-nirmitavatara-sara-sausthavais
chatrika viraji caru kuttima-prabha-bharaih
sarva-loka-locanati-dhanyata yato bhavet
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

With the beauty of its glistening jewel shores and the splendour of its canopies and mosaic pavements it brings auspiciousness to all eyes. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

8
mathuram vikunthato 'pi janma-dhama durlabham
vasakananam tato pi panina dhrto girih
sri-hares tato pi yat param saro ti-pavanam
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

The district of Mathura, Krsna's birthplace, is more sacred and difficult to attain then Vaikuntha. The forest where He lived is more sacred still, and the hill lifted by His hand is more sacred than that. More sacred than that is Lord Hari's very purifying lake nearby. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

9
krsna-kunda-tira-vasa-sadhakam pathed idam
yo stakam dhiyam nimajya keli-kunja-rajitoh
radhika-girindradharinoh padambu jesu sa
prema-dasyam eva sighram apnuyad anamayam

May he who reads these eight verses, which convince one to reside at the shore of Krsna-kunda, and who also plunges his mind in the lotus flowers of Sri Sri Radha-Giridhari's feet, quickly attain sincere love for Them."


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