The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Yamuna

BY: SUN STAFF

Dawn on the Yamuna


Aug 20, 2014 — CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 182.

As we have seen with many of the holy places listed in the Jaiva Dharma Glossary, there are so many mentions of the Yamuna in Vaisnava literature that we cannot even summarize them here. Instead, we will present just a small selection of the nectarean descriptions of the beautiful Yamuna River, her namesake the Goddess Yamuna, and the glorious pastimes of Sri Sri Radha Krsna and Their confidential associates, which took place in or on the banks of the Yamuna.

We begin with the following passage from Sri Garga Samhita 1.4.3, describing the manifestation of the Yamuna River on the Earth planet:


Kalindy-agamana-varnana
Description of the Yamuna's Arrival

Text 1

sri-sannanda uvaca

goloke harinajnapta
kalindi saritam vara
krishnam pradakshini-kritya
gantum abhyudyatabhavat

Sri Sannanda said: Ordered by Lord Krishna in Goloka, Yamuna, the best of rivers, circumambulated the Lord and was about to go (to the earth).

Text 2

tadaiva viraja sakshad
ganga brahma-dravodbhava
dve nadyau yamunayam tu
sampraline babhuvatuh

Then the Viraja river and the spiritual Ganga river both entered the Yamuna.

Text 3

paripurnatamam krishnam
tasmat krishnasya nanda-rat
paripurnatamasyapi
patta-rajnim vidur janah

O king Nanda, for this reason the people know that the Yamuna is the greatest of rivers and the first queen of Lord Krishna.

Text 4

tato vegena mahata
kalindi saritam vara
bibheda viraja-vegam
nikunja-dvara-nirgata

Then, with great force breaking through the current of the Viraja, the Yamuna left the gate of the transcendental forest grove.

Text 5

asankhya-brahmanda-cayam
sprishtva brahma-dravam gata
bhindanti taj-jalam dirgham
sva-vegena maha-nadi

Touching countless universes, she came to the spiritual Ganga. With great force the great Yamuna river broke through the Ganga's waters.

Text 6

vama-padangushtha-nakha-
bhinna-brahmanda-mastake
sri-vamanasya vivare
brahma-drava-samakule

Then the Yamuna came to an opening Lord Vamana's left toe had made in the top of a universe, an opening through which the spiritual Ganga flowed.

Text 7

tasmin sri-gangaya sardham
pravishtabhut sarid-vara
vaikuntham cajita-padam
samprapya dhruva-mandale

With Sri Ganga entering that opening, the Yamuna, the best of rivers, then came to the unconquerable Lord's abode of Vaikuntha in the planet of Maharaja Dhruva.

Text 8

brahmalokam abhivyapya
patanti brahma-mandalat
tatah suranam sataso
lokal lokam jagama ha

Then the Yamuna came to Brahmaloka. Falling from Brahma's planet, she went to the hundreds of planets of the demigods. She went from one planet to another.

Text 9

tatah papata vegena
sumeru-giri-murdhani
giri-kutan atikramya
bhittva ganda-sila-tatan

Then with great force she fell on Mount Sumeru. Flowing from its peaks, she broke the stones on its slope.

Text 10

sumeror dakshina-disam
gantum abhyuditabhavat
tatah sri-yamuna sakshac
chri-gangayam vinirgata

Then, in order to go south from Mount Sumeru, Sri Yamuna left Sri Ganga's path.

Text 11

ganga tu prayayau sailam
himavantam maha-nadi
krishna tu prayayau sailam
kalindam prapya sa tada

Then the Ganga went to Mount Himavat and the great river Yamuna went to Mount Kalinda.

Texts 12 and 13

kalinditi samakhyata
kalinda-prabhava yada
kalinda-giri-sanunam
ganda-saila-tatan dridhan

bhittva luthanti bhu-khande
krishna vegavati sati
desan punanti kalindi
prapta vai khandave vane

Because she is thus Mount Kalinda's daughter, she is named Kalindi. Flowing from Mount Kalinda's peaks, and breaking the hard rocks on his slopes, the sacred Kalindi swiftly flowed on the earth, purifying the countries she passed. Then she entered the Khandava forest.

Text 14

paripurnatamam sakshac
chri-krishnam varam icchanti
dhritva vapuh param divyam
tapas tepe kalindaja

Wishing to attain Lord Krishna, the Original Supreme Personality of Godhead, as her husband, the Kalindi assumed a splendid spiritual form and performed great austerities.

Text 15

pitra vinirmite gehe
jale 'dyapi samasrita
tato vegena kalindi
praptabhud vraja-mandale

Even today she stays in a water-house her father made for her. Then the Kalindi swiftly entered Vraja-mandala.

Text 16

vrindavana-samipe ca
mathura-nikate subhe
sri-mahavana-parsve ca
saikate ramana-sthale

Then she flowed through Vrindavana, beautiful Mathura, and beautiful secluded Mahavana.

Text 17

sri-goloke ca yamuna
yuthi-bhutvati-sundari
sri-krishnacandra-rasartham
nija-vasam cakara ha

As the very beautiful leader of many gopis, Sri Yamuna made her home in Sri Goloka to perform the rasa dance with Sri Krishnacandra.

Text 18

atho vrajad vrajanti sa
vraja-vikshepa-vihvala
premanandasru-samyukta
bhutva pascima-vahini

As she left Vraja she became overwhelmed by feelings of separation. Filled with tears of bliss and love, she turned west (and returned to Vraja).

Text 19

tatas tri-varam vegena
natvatho vraja-mandale
desan punanti prayayau
prayagam tirtha-sattamam

Then, bowing three times to Vraja-mandala, she went to very holy Prayaga, purifying the countries she passed.

Text 20

punah sri-gangaya sardham
kshirabdhim sa jagama ha
devah suvarsham pushpanam
cakrur divi jaya-dhvanim

When, flowing with Sri Ganga, she entered the Kshira ocean, the demigods in heaven showered flowers and exclaimed victory!"

Text 21

krishna sri-yamuna sakshat
kalindi saritam vara
samudram etya sri-gangam
praha gadgadaya gira

When dark Sri Yamuna, who was the best of rivers and the daughter of Mount Kalinda, entered the ocean, she spoke to Sri Ganga with words choked with emotion.

Text 22

sri-yamunovaca

he gange tvam tu dhanyasi
sarva-brahmanda-pavani
krishna-padabja-sambhuta
sarva-lokaika-vandita

Sri Yamuna said: O Ganga, you are fortunate. You purify all the universes. You were born from Lord Krishna's lotus foot. Everyone bows down before you alone.

Text 23

urdhvam yami harer lokam
gaccha tvam api he subhe
tvat-samanam hi divyam ca
na bhutam na bhavishyati

Now I will ascend to Lord Hari's abode. O beautiful one, you come also. There never was, nor will there ever be, anyone as glorious as you.

Text 24

sri-gangovaca

sarva-tirtha-mayi ganga
tasmat tvam pranamamy aham
yat kincid va prakathitam
tat kshamasva su-mangale

Sri Ganga said: I, the Ganga, who contain all holy places, bow down before you. O auspicious one, please forgive any improper words I may have said.

Text 25

he krishne tvam tu dhanyasi
sarva-brahmanda-pavani
krishna-vamamsa-sambhuta
paramananda-rupini

O dark Yamuna, you are the fortunate one. You purify all the universes. You were born from Lord Krishna's left shoulder. Your form is full of transcendental bliss.

Text 26

paripurnatama sakshat
sarva-lokaika-vandita
paripurnatamasyapi
sri-krishnasya mahatmanah

You are most perfect and complete. You are worshiped by all. You are dear to Sri Krishna, the great Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Text 27

patta-rajnim param krishne
krishnam tvam pranamamy aham
tirthair devair durlabham tvam
goloke 'pi ca durghata

O dark Yamuna, I bow down to you, the first queen of Lord Krishna. The holy places and demigods find it difficult to attain you. Even in Goloka it is difficult to attain you.

Text 28

aham yasyami patalam
sri-krishnasyajnaya subhe
tvad-viyogaturaham vai
yanam kartum na ca kshama

By Lord Krishna's order I must go to Patalaloka now. I am unhappy to leave you, but I cannot go with you.

Text 29

yuthi-bhutva bhavishyami
sri-vraje rasa-mandale
yat kincin me prakathitam
tat kshamasva hari-priye

I will become a leader of many gopis in the rasa-dance circle in Sri Vraja. O beloved of Lord Hari, please forgive any improper words I may have said.

Text 30

sri-sannanda uvaca

ittham parasparam natva
dve nadyau yayatur drutam
lokan pavitri-kurvanti
patale svah-sarid gata

Sri Sannanda said: Bowing down before each other, the two rivers then quickly went their respective ways. The heavenly Ganga went to Patalaloka, purifying the planets as she passed.

Text 31

sapi bhogavati-namna
babhau bhogavati-vane
yaj-jalam sa-trinayanah
sesho murdhna bibharti ha

There she is named Bhogavati, for she flows through the Bhogavati forest. Lord Sesha and Lord Siva carry her water on Their heads.

Text 32

atha krishna sva-vegena
bhittva saptabdhi-mandalam
sapta-dvipa-mahi-prishthe
luthanti vegavat tara

Quickly traversing the seven oceans, the dark Yamuna quickly flowed through the world of seven islands.

Text 33

gatva svarnamayim bhumim
lokalokacalam gata
tat-sanu-ganda-sailanam
tatam bhittva kalindaja

Then the Yamuna flowed to the golden land and then Mount Lokaloka where, flowing from its peaks, she broke the rocks on its slopes.

Text 34

tan-murdhni cotpapatasu
spharavaj-jala-dharaya
udgacchanti tad-urdhvam sa
yayau svargam tu nakinam

Then she rose again to its peaks and, with a great stream of water, rose to Svargaloka in the heavenly worlds.

Text 35

a-brahmalokam lokams tan
abhivyapya hareh padam
brahmanda-randhram sri-brahma-
drava-yuktam sametya sa

She passed through the planets on the way to Brahmaloka and, meeting the Ganga at the opening in the universe, went to Lord Hari's abode.

Text 36

pushpa-varsham pravarshatsu
deveshu pranateshu ca
punah sri-krishna-golokam
aruroha sarid-vara

As the demigods showered flowers and bowed down to offer respects, Sri Yamuna, the best of rivers, returned to Sri Krishna's abode of Goloka.

Text 37

kalinda-giri-nandini-nava-caritram etac chubham
srutam ca yadi pathitam bhuvi tanoti sanmangalam
jano 'pi yadi dharayet kila pathec ca yo nityasah
sa yati paramam padam nija-nikunja-lilavritam

If a person in this world hears or reads this auspicious and ever-new pastime of Mount Kalinda's daughter Yamuna, he will attain great auspiciousness. If one regularly reads or remembers this pastime, he will attain the transcendental forest groves where the Supreme Lord enjoys His pastimes.

(Sri Garga Samhita, Canto One, Volume Four, Chapter Three)


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