"yamunA nikaTa taTa sthita
vrindAvana kAnane mahAramye
kalpa druma talabhUmau
caraNaM caraNopari sthApya
tishTaMtaM ghana nIlaM
sva tejasA bhAsayanta miha vizvaM
candana karpUra lipta sarvAGgam."
Lord Krishna is standing with one leg crossed over the other, under the wish-yielding Kalpa tree, in a most beautiful flowery bower in Vrindavana,
situated near the banks of the river Yamuna.
His complexion as a dark rain-ladden cloud, illuminates the
whole world with its Luster. He is dressed in yellow silk Garments and all parts of His transcendental body are anointed with the paste of sandalwood and camphor.
"Akarna pUrna netraM
kuNDala yuga maNDita zravaNaM
manda smita mukha kamalaM
sa kaustubho dAra maNi hAraM
nujjvala yantaM svalankArAn
gala vilulita vana mAlaM
sva tejasApAsta kali kAlaM."
His large captivating eyes seem to reach almost to His ears which are adorned with glittering earrings. A sweet, gentle, enchanting smile blooms from His lotus face. He is wearing jewelery made of precious stones, pearls and the celestial jem, Kaustubha.
The radiance of His transcendental Body enhances the splendour of the golden bracelets, rings and the other ornaments present on Him. As the vanamala (garland made of five heavenly fragrant
flowers) around His neck, is gently swaying to and fro,
His very brilliance and beauty drives away the sinful effects of the dark age of Kali.
gunjA puGjAnvite zirasi
bhuGjAnaM saha gopaiH
kunjAn tar vartinaM hariM smarata.
mandAra puSpa vAsita
mandAnila sevita parAnandaM
mandAkinI yuta padaM namata
mahAnanda daM mahA puruSaM."
The curly locks of His dark hair surrounded by the vines and fragrant flowers of the Divine bower, are attracting the intoxicated, noisy, bumble bees. Fondly remember and contemplate upon Lord Hari Who is frolicking in the bower along with His cowherd playmates and eating His midday meal joyfully.
Offering worship and prayers, meditate upon that Supreme Personality, Sri Krishna, the Bestower of the highest Bliss!
He is fanned by the gentle breeze, scented with the fragrance of heavenly 'mandAra' flowers, and His lotus feet are attended by the sacred celestial river, Ganges.
surabhi zatair AvritaH paritaH
surabhIti kSapaNa mahA
sura bhImaM yAdavaM namata."
His Divine fragrance pervades all around as He is encircled by hundreds of blessed cows who are attracted by His captivating beauty and soul-stirring ethereal music pouring from His Flute.
Let us offer our humble obeisance to Beloved Lord, Sri Krishna, the Descendent of Yadu dynasty, Who even drives away the fears of heavenly gods by terrifying and conquering the demoniac forces with His Supreme Valor.
-'Prabodha Sudhakara'- Adi Jagadguru Sri Shankaracarya Bhagavatpada
Jaya, Jaya Sri Radhey!
"yaH kRSNAH sA 'pi rAdhA
yA rAdhA kRSN yeva saH"
(Narada Panca Ratram)
Sri Radha and Krishna are of the same essence.
The Divine Form that has been manifested as Krishna, is of Radha's
and Sri Krishna Himself is the same Radha.
Jaya Sri Radhey!
Happy celebrations of Lord Nityananda-Balarama's appearance day!
Lord Nityananda Rama was Lord Baladeva Who was the elder brother of Lord Krishna, during His celebrated pastimes of Vraja dhama.
The Rasik Saint Sri Jayadeva had glorified the 'Balarama Incarnation' in his famous Dashavatara Stotra with these beautiful verses:
"vahasi vapuSi vizade vasanaM jaladAbhaM
hala hati bhIti milita yamunAbham
kezava! dhRta hala dhara rUpa
jaya jagadIza! hare!(Gita Govindam 1. 12)
'O Lord Kesava! You have assumed the form of spotless body wearing a garment resembling the rain-cloud, reminding the bluish color of Yamuna river who came to you in surrender for fear of the blow of Your plough;
O Lord of the World! O my Beloved Hari! All glories to You Who bore the form of the Plough-holder, Balarama!'
The Plough-holder, Lord Balarama- traditionally noted for his exuberant, excessive drinking; His fair body is clothed with a garment that is dark (like a rain-cloud and like the River Yamuna) in contrast to Lord Krishna's dark, yellow-clad, body. The Plough-holder ordered the Yamuna to come to him and when it refused he dug a furrow with his plough to divert it to himself.
The Rasik-Saint Sri Bilva Mangala Thakur had also glorified the Lord in his 'Govinda-Damodara Stotram':
"zrI yAdavendr Adridhar AmbujAkSa! jihve pibasvAmRtame tad eva
go gopa gopI sukha dAna dakSa!
dharAbharottAraNa gopa veSa!
vihAra lIlA kRta bandhu zeSa!
govinda! dAmodara! mAdhaveti."
jihve pibasvAmRtame tad eva
"O my blessed tongue! Always enjoy only the delicious Nectar, the Names of my Beloved such as -
Govinda, transcendental Joy of all senses,
Maadhava, the Beloved Spouse of Radhika,
Daamodara, the Lord fastened by a chord of Divine Love around Him,
the Mighty King of Yadu dynasty (zrI yAdavendra),
the Lifter of Mount Govardhana (adridhara),
the Lotus-eyed Lord (ambujAkSa),
the expert Dispenser of Supreme Pleasure to His affectionate cows, to His cowherd friends and to His Sweetheart cowherdesses (go gopa gopI sukha dAna dakSa),
the Lord manifested on the earth in the Divine form of Cowherd-Boy to uplift the mankind (dharAbhrottAraNa gopa veSa),
Who is accompanied in His Blissful exploits by Mighty Lord Sesha as His Beloved Brother, to enhance the transcendental joy (vihAra lIlA kRta bandhu zeSa)!
All glories to Lord Nityananda - Balarama's Appearance day!
Jaya Sri Radhey!
When Lord Krishna and Radharani played the magnificent Divine dance of 'Maha Raasa Lila', Shankar Bhagavan entered the Lila as a Gopi.
Thus He became popular with the Name Gopi-Isvara.
There is a temple in Vrindavan for Gopisvara, Whom all Vrajavasis worship with love.
Lord Siva Himself is the Master of Music. Worshippers of Nada Brahma, the Sound Incarnate of Lord, accept Him as their Guru.
Some Rasik Saints say Lord Siva is Lord Krishna's 'Flute'.
They are also right in the sense, that because the 'Flute' is Krishna's 'Priya Sakhi' and Sivaji too has transformed Himself to become His Gopi, any way.
This verse from 'Brahma-Samhita-56', which is very dear to Gauranga Mahaprabhu confirms - "..vaMzI priya sakhI..."
The verse 45 of 'Sri Brahma Samahitam' gives another kind of transformation -
"kSIraM yathA dadhi vikAra vizeSa yogAt
saJjAyate na hi pRthag asti hetoH
yaH zambhu tAm api tathA samupaiti kAryAd
govindam AdipuruSaM tam ahaM bhajAmi"
Meaning: Just as milk itself is transformed into curd (yogurt), but yet they both are neither SAME nor DIFFERENT from each other, so also I adore my Beloved primeveal Lord Govinda, Who has transformed Himself into Lord Shiva for the performance of divine lilas.
Here are some more excerpts, taken from Brahma Vaivarta Purana in relation to Lord Siva.
"Lord Siva is said to be a portion of Lord Krishna and arise out of the left side of Krshna's body.
The left half became Siva and the right became the Husband of Gopis.
He is dearly loved by Krishna.
The BVP says it is sin to slander Siva, Who is dearer to Krishna than His own life.
Krishna Himself declares:
"Among my favorites Brahma is dear to Me.
Lakshmi, ever residing on my chest, is dearer than Brahma.
Radha is yet dearer, and my devotees are dearer still.
Dearest of all is Shankara (Siva); no one is dearer than He.
My heart resides with my devotees, My life with Radha.
My Self with Sankara, who is dearer than My life."
(Bkh,Pkh, KJkh of BVP)
Those who are the Excellant Portions of Krishna are intensely devoted to Him.
It is not surprising then that Siva, a Portion of Krishna, is His Devotee.
We find frequent references to Siva as the BEST OF VAISNAVAS.
Accordingly, Siva seeks to become the Servant of Krishna and confesses His own dependence upon the latter.
Siva is often portrayed as in constant MEDITATION ON KRISHNA, WEEPING, DANCING with ECSTACY of devotion.
Of all those who know Krishna, it is Siva, the BEST OF VAISNAVAS, who knows Him best.
Thus, by Siva's Grace a votary may attain faith in Krishna.
Siva in fact states that those who oppress Vaisnavas will be punished by Krishna and that the hearts of non-vaisnavas are impure He further exclaims that Vaisnavas are DEARER to HIM than HIS OWN followers.
Krishna, Who is filled with Love for His devotees, has made Siva equal to Himself on account of Siva's DEEP Devotion.
Krishna asserts that Siva is fully His EQUAL in splendour, knoweledge and virtue.
Further, the Divine Forms or Bodies (Sat-Chit-Ananda vigrahas) of Siva and Krishna alone are Eternal, not those of other beings.
It is through Siva's Devotion to Krishna, finally, not MERE EQUALITY, but actual IDENTITY is apparently attained:
="red">'svapne jAgaraNe zazvath kRSNa dhyAna rataH
yathA kRSNA stathA zambhur na bhedo mAdhavezayoH"
(Brahma Vaivarta Purana-Prakriti khanda II.56.61)
"Sleeping or awake, Siva is constantly absorbed in MEDITATION of KRISHNA.
AS IS KRISHNA, SO IS SAMBHU; THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE between MADHAVA and ISA"
'yo hariH sa zivaH sAkSAd yaH zivaH sa svayaM hariH
ye tayor bhedamAti sthan narakAya bhave nnaraH"
"Whoever is Lord Hari, He Himself is Lord Shiva indeed.
Whoever is manifesting as Lord Shiva, He Himself is Lord Hari.
Any humanbeing mistakes both the Lords to be different, he/she surely goes to hell.
In Vishnu Purana also, VISHNU declares HIS NON DIFFERENCE from SIVA. (V.P.5.33.46-48)
Here we find, full justification for the statement in the Narada PancaRatra concerning the BVP as teaching the NON DIFFERENCE between HARI AND HARA.
Often we are told that whoever does not worship the Linga of Siva commits a great sin and goes to hell.
Krishna says to Siva:
"Who, having constructed Your linga of clay, joined with Prakriti (yoni), at a place of piligrimage, worships it a thousand times with devotion...
He shall rejoice with Me in GOLOKA for crore of Kalpas.
And who worships at that place a lakh of lingas, with proper offerings, Shall not fall from GOLOKA; He shall be equal to US.
Saivaite devotional practices lead, then, to the ultimate goal of the Vaisnavas.
In Brahma-Samhita the relationship of Lord Siva and Lord Govinda are compared to that of milk and yogurt. Milk itself becomes TRANSFORMED into yogurt.
Similarly, though They both are possessing the same transcendental attributes, They PERFORM different divine pastimes.
"yathA ziva mayo viSNuH
zivasya hRdayaM viSNur viSNoz
ca hRdayaM zivaH"
Just as Lord Vishnu is pervaded by Lord Shiva,
similarly, in Siva's heart Vishnu resides and Vishnu's heart is the abode of Shiva.
In Caitanya Caritamrita, Mahaprabhu's eternal Associate Sri Advaitacarya is said to be Lord Sadasiva, who always says,
"I am the servant of Lord Krishna."
Intoxicated by ecstatic Love for Krishna, He becomes overwhelmed and incessantly dances without clothing and sings about Lord Krishna's qualities and pastimes.
(Srimad Bhagavatam 12.13.17)
Just as the celestial Ganges is the most Holy among all the flowing rivers,
just as Lord Krishna is the Supreme among all Divine Personalties,
just as Lord Siva is the most Exalted Lover of Vishnu,
just as the City of Kasi is the most Sacred among all Holy places,
Srimad Bhagavatam is also the most fulfilling vow as well as the most elevated Scripture among all other auspicious Puranas.
Prayers to Lord Shiva-
zivAya zivadAya ca
yogIndrANAm ca yogIndra
gurUNAM gurave namaH"
"Salutations unto Thee, O Teacher of the universe.
Thou art the Lord auspicious and the giver of bliss,
the foremost of the perfect Yogis, the Teacher of teachers. Salutations unto Thee."
Another prayer for Shivaji says-
"haste 'kSa mAlA hRdi kRSNa tattvaM
jihvAgra bhAge vara rAma mantraM
yan mastake kezava pAda tirthaM
zivaM 'mahA bhAgavatAM' namAmi"
I salute to the Supreme Devotee, (Maha Bhagavata)
in Whose hand is the a-ksha (A to Z) japamaala,
in Whose heart is the reservoir of Divine Essence of Lord Krishna,
on Whose tongue is ever residing the Name of His Beloved Rama,
on Whose head is ever flowing Sacred water that washes the Lotus feet of Lord Keshava.
Jai Hari-Hara, Mahaadeva Shambho!
brahma murAri surArcita lingam
nirmalabhAsita zobhita lingam
janmaja duHkha vinAzaka lingam
tat praNamAmi sadAziva lingam
I bow before that Sada Shiva Linga, which is adored by Brahma, Vishnu and other Gods, which is praised by pure and holy speeches and which destroys the cycle of births and deaths.
Jaya Sri Radhey !
Jaya Sri Radhey!
Here is a 'pada' from 'Sri Krishna Bala Lila Madhuri' of 'Prema Rasa Madira' by Sri Kripaluji Maharaj.
Since devotees are celebrating 'Maha Shiva Ratri', I have selected this lila of Lord Krishna with Bhagavan Shankar.
"dwaar ek jogi 'alakh' pukaar,
chandra bhaala, gala munDa maala-bhala, sashi ganga jala dhaar,
ripu ananga, prati anga bhujangani, ranga shubhra balihaar,
naam shambhu, aru Thaamva bataavata, giri kailaas mamjhaar,
ghar te nikri, mahari yashumati ati, poochati kari satkaar,
"sunahu amangala-bhesha! bhaye mama, mangala maya sukumaar,
yaa te jo chaahahu so maangahu, manina motiyana thaar",
jogi kaha, "maiyaa! mai jogi, mohim na chaahiya samsaar,
ihai bheekh de maaya! kripa kari, lakhaum laala ek baar",
maiyaa kaha, "mama laala Daraigo, jogi! tohim nihaar",
"sunu maiyaa! yaha laala tihaari saguna-brahma-avataar",
"tuma to jogi! 'alakh, alakh' kaha, puni kimi 'lakha' karataar",
"maiyaa 'alakha' na kahyau, kahyau haum, 'aa lakha nandakumaar',"
lyaayim laala, yashumati bhori, hari-hara-driga bhaye chaar,
lakhi 'kripaalu' yehi madhura-milan kaham, koTi praana davum vaar!"
Lord Krishna's holy birth is being celebrated in Gokula Vrindavan with great joy and grandeur. Mother Yashoda is overwhelmed by ecstatic maternal love for her darling child.
A gopi maiden brings the news that there is a strange looking 'Yogi' called 'Shambu' waiting at the entrance door of their courtyard, loudly chanting with delight, "alakha!", "alakha!"- meaning 'O Formless Absolute Brahman! O God imperceptible to eyes!)
The messenger gopi gives some more details of this supreme Yogi to Mother Yashoda.
"The Yogi is brilliant white in color, with crescent moon decorating his forehead, matted locks of his hair drenched in Ganga waters, his neck adorned with a garland of skulls and his limbs are embraced by poisonous snakes. His abode is Mount Kailas and he is the enemy of Cupid, god of beauty and mundane love."
Mother Yashoda is very happy to receive the unique Yogi Maharaj and serves him with great respect and hospitality. She tells him to ask for whatever treasure he would like to have as alms, and insists him to take as much gold, precious diamonds and pearls as he chooses because of the auspicious occasion of her child's birthday festivities.
But Shankar Bhagavan being totally detached from the material world replies that he is a renounced mendicant and worldly riches and gifts are of neither use nor value to him. He simply begs for the alms of the blessed vision of her precious divine child, Sri Krishna.
But mother Yashoda becomes very disturbed with this request and worried about the consequences.
She says to Lord Shiva that her infant son, Krishna is at very tender age and delicate. Fearing that He would be scared to death to see the inauspicious, terrible form of Yogi Maharaj as described above, she tries to avoid showing her darling baby boy.
But Lord Shiva, understanding her hesitation, assures that her new born child is no ordinary son but the incarnation of Supreme Personality of God Himself and full of transcendental attributes!
Ofcourse naive Yashoda who is blinded by divine love does not believe Lord Shiva and more over she doubts his very own words.
The reluctant mother cleverly reminds Shivaji, "Yogiraj Shambhu Shankar! Until now You have been meditating upon the impe
rsonal Brahman and chanting the sacred syllables 'alakh!' 'alakh!' - O Formless Absolute Brahman! O God imperceptible to eyes!)
How is that you have realized that my cute, little baby is the Divine incarnation of Bhagavan? Please do not try to confuse me with your words."
Then wise Shankar ji tricks mother Yashoda saying that he has been proclaiming loudly the word "aa lakh!" "aa lakh!" and not "alakh!"
("Aa lakh" means "come on, have a look!")
He adds that since the formless absolute Brahman has descended on earth appearing in the Supreme Personal form of Lord Krishna to perform blissful lilas of Divine Love with His intimate devotees, he has been shouting all along inviting everyone to "COME and HAVE A LOOK at the Personified Brahman!"
After listening to the high praises of her son by Yogi Raj and believing in the good fortune of her precious child, innocent mother Yashoda humbly brings Baby Krishna and shows Him to Lord Shiva.
Lord Krishna and Lord Shiva fondly look at each other with profound familiarity of Their eternal relationship, both of Them being lost in the Divine rapture of rendezvous! In the concluding verse, the Rasik saint-poet exclaims- "I would sacrifice thousands of my lives just to have one glimpse of the overwhelming spiritual ecstasy of my Lordships, "Hari and Hara" absorbed in Their Divine Union!"
In the concluding verse, the Rasik saint-poet exclaims- "I would sacrifice thousands of my lives just to have one glimpse of the overwhelming spiritual ecstasy of my Lordships, "Hari and Hara" absorbed in Their Divine Union!"
Jaya Sri Radhey!
Lord Caitanya KNOWS the Lord Siva's glorious character, for He is the FAVORITE among His devotees.
IF ANYONE DISRESPECTS LORD SIVA, NOT FOLLOWING the EXAMPLE OF LORD CAITANYA,
THEN HE CAN NOT BE CONSIDERED A VAISHNAVA and ALL HIS SPIRITUAL ADVANCEMENT IS ANNULLED.
As the Lord danced, He made joyful sounds so loud that the very mountains seemed to tremble.
Lord Shiva's devotees were struck with amazement and thought that
LORD SIVA MUST HAVE APPEARED IN PERSON!
The musicians and singers reached a crescendo and the Lord became fully absorbed in dancing, losing all contact with the outside world.
Meanwhile, His devotees arrived. Mukunda began to sing, joined by others. Seeing His beloved associates, the Lord experienced great joy and DANCED more vigorously while the devotees danced circling Him.
The whole scene was dynamically TRANSFORMED.
Tears flowed out effusively in a hundred streams from Lord's eyes. Who can describe all the happenings properly?
THIS TEMPLE OF LORD SIVA WAS SANCTIFIED BY THE LORDS PRESENCE AND DANCING IN FRONT OF THE DIETY OF SIVA-LINGA.
THE REAL PURPOSE FOR WHICH THE TEMPLE WAS BUILT WAS FULFILLED."
(An excerpt from 'Caitanya Bhagavata', Antya-Lila chapter 2, page 453, by B.V.Puri Goswami)
Jaya, Jaya Sri Radhey!
anArAdhya rAdhA padAMbhoja reNuM
Without worshipping the dust-particle of Radha's lotus feet,
Jaya Sri Radhey!
Radha's Name is the greatest Treasure. She is the thread in every fabric, Sukadeva knew this secret of secret, Krishna takes numberless Forms to pursue It: But I, Vyasadasa, now shout It out openly,
She is the thread in every fabric,
Sukadeva knew this secret of secret,
Krishna takes numberless Forms to pursue It:
But I, Vyasadasa, now shout It out openly,
Jaya Sri Radhey!