Miracle Plays of Mathura - The Uddhav Lila, Part 3

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Aug 18, 2011 — CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a 2007 series on the Miracle Plays of Mathura.


The Uddhav Lila of Swami Kunvar Pal - Part Three

KRSNA:

No, brother. Please tell my mother this also:

Song
O Uddhav, please tell mother!
O Uddhav, please tell mother!
'Your son is feeling miserable, mother.'
Please tell mother,
'No one washes my face with warm water, nor tidies
me up with the end of her garment, mother.
I have not known even the name of butter and bread.
I have not known even the name of butter and bread.'
Who would call me, saying 'Kanuan!' O brother?
Please tell mother her son is feeling miserable, brother.
Please tell mother!
Oh! Oh! Oh!

Father Nand, making me grasp his finger,
Each day taught me to walk, O brother.
Knowing me to be tired, with a smile
He would take me on his lap.
Knowing me to be tired, with a smile
He would take me on his lap.
Wiping the dust away, he would press me to his bosom, brother.
Please tell mother, 'Your boy is feeling miserable, mother.'
Please tell mother.
Oh! Oh! Oh!

Thinking 'Kanhaiya must be hungry in the forest,'
Promptly she sent a lunch, O brother,
Thinking 'Kanhaiya must be hungry in the forest,'
Promptly she sent a lunch, O brother,
No such joy would poor Brahma get,
No such joy would poor Brahma get,
Even in ten million births, O brother!
Please tell mother, her son is feeling miserable, O brother.
Please tell mother!
Oh! Oh! Oh!

The gopis would come to make complaints;
She would not give them a thought, O brother.
Oh, the gopis would come to make complaints;
She would not give them a thought, O brother.
Please convey this much of my request,
Please convey this much of my request, O brother!
'Your son is called your debtor, mother!'
Please tell mother, 'Your son is feeling miserable, O mother,'
Please tell mother!

Uddhav leaves, and on the path meets Kubja

KUBJA:

Why Brother Uddhav, are you going to Braj?

UDDHAV:

Yes, going to Braj, O queen.

KUBJA:

Then please give my message to the Braj ladies, brother: that they should be kind to me. Just as the Lord has been kind to me, so should they be. And the Lord has long been kind to me. This is no fault of mine. Don't be offended with me.

UDDHAV: As you command.

Uddhav comes to Braj and goes to Yasoda

YASODA:

O brother Uddhav, have you come from Mathura?

UDDHAV:

Yes, mother. I prostrate myself to you. I have come from Mathura, and have brought a message from your song.

YASODA:

Say, brother, are my Krsna and Balram both happy?

UDDHAV:

Yes, mother, they are quite happy.

YASODA:

Uddhav, I never knew that those two, who were my sons, would go away to that place. I nourished them and brought them up thinking them to be my own children, just as the crow takes in the offspring of the cuckoo. Finally they grow up; then when they hear the cal of the cuckoos, it is with them that they go and mingle. I brought them up as a foster mother. Finally it was with them that they went and mixed. Those were not my sons; they did not stay with me.

UDDHAV:

No, mother! Don't talk like this. They are your very own sons and will remain only with you, Syamsundar has given me a message, so I shall tell it.

Song
Udho, go and say this, brother Udho!
'We are coming, both us brothers,
Mother, don't be distressed.'
O Udho…

He says that they are coming in a few days. And, mother, when Syamsundar remembers you, he is very sad. He said,

Song
I have never had breakfast in the morning
Nor have I sucked the cow at evening
Since the day we were separated from you,
Nor has anyone called me 'Kanhaiya'.

Syamsundar thinks of you much and says that since the day they left their mother, no one has addressed him as 'Kanhaiya'. The reason is that he is king there. Because he is king, whoever speaks to him does so after giving him a very long name. And he has said, 'Tell my father Nand this:

Song
When you meet my father Nand,
Please explain to him
That my cows Whitey and Smokey
Should not have trouble until I come.'

He said that until he comes, his cows should not suffer, and that:

Though there are many sorts of pleasures here,
Even then words fail me.
Surdas says, when I see the Braj-dwellers,
My heart will be soothed.

Syamsundar has said, O mother, that he will not be comforted until he sees the inhabitants of Braj.

YASODA:

O brother, we are very gravely distressed without Syam, and the cowherd boys and ourselves are all going blind with weeping. The cows have stopped grazing the grass, and the beasts and birds have given up eating berries. The vines and leaves have all dried up. Jamuna has deserted her banks. Go, brother, and see the gopis. You will meet all of them somewhere in the groves of the forest.

UDDHAV:

As you command.

Uddhav goes and meets the sorrowing gopis.


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