Description of the Abode of Sri Goloka
jihvam labdhvapi yah krishnam
kirtaniyam na kirtayet
sa narohati durmatih
A person who has a tongue but does not glorify glorious Sri Krishna is a fool. Even if he somehow approaches the staircase to liberation, he cannot climb it.
atha te sampravakshyami
asmin varaha-kalpe vai
yad bhutam tac chrinu prabho
Now I will describe to you Sri Krishna's coming to this earth during the Varaha-kalpa. O lord, please hear what happened.
Texts 3 and 4
naranam khalu bhubhujam
kampayanti nijam gatram
brahmanam saranam gata
In ancient times the earth, overcome with a burden of many daityas, danavas, and human kings, assumed the form of a cow and, helplessly crying, trembling, and describing her troubles, took shelter of the demigod Brahma.
brahmathasvasya tam sadyah
sankarena samam pragad
vaikuntham mandiram hareh
Brahma comforted her and then, accompanied by Siva and the demigods, went to Lord Hari's palace in Vaikuntha.
natva catur-bhujam vishnum
svabhiprayam jagada ha
sri-nathah praha tam vidhim
Brahma bowed down before four-armed Lord Vishnu and explained why he had come. Then He who is the husband of the goddess of fortune spoke to Brahma and the troubled demigods.
krishnam svayam viganitanda-patim paresam
s_kshad akhandam atidevam ativa-lilam
karyam kadapi na bhavishyati yam vina hi
gacchasu tasya vishadam padam avyayam tvam
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Without Krishna, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master of countless universes, perfect, above the demigods, and the enjoyer of transcendental pastimes, this problem will not be solved. You should go to His eternal and effulgent abode at once.
tvattah param na janami
yadi yo 'nyas tasya s_kshal
lokam darsaya nah prabho
Sri Brahma said: I do not know anyone greater and more perfect than You. If there is such a person, please show Him to us, O Lord.
ity ukto 'pi harih purnah
sarvair deva-ganaih saha
padavim darsayam asa
Sri Narada said: When this was said, perfect Lord Hari showed all the demigods a spiritual river path flowing through the hole Sri Vamana made in the universe with His toenail.
bahis te niryayuh surah
brahmandam dadrisus tv adhah
Going by boat on this path, the demigods left the universe. They saw the universe was like a round kutaja fruit far below.
luthanty anyani vai jale
vilokya vismitah sarve
babhuvus cakita iva
When the saw the other universes were like many kutaja fruits bobbing in the water (of the Karana Ocean), they all became frightened and surprised.
kotiso yojanordhvam vai
puranam ashtakam gatah
Millions of yojanas higher they came to eight cities charming with glistening jewel-forest groves.
tad-urdhvam dadrisur deva
virajayas tatam subham
sopanair bhaskaram param
Higher still the demigods saw the Viraja river's splendid shore, which was splashed by waves white as silk and glorious with many staircases.
tam drishtva pracalantas te
tat puram jagmur uttamam
jyotisham mandalam mahat
After seeing this, they entered a city splendid as countless millions of suns.
drishtva prataditakshas te
tejasa dharshitah sthitah
dadhyau vishnv-ajnaya vidhih
As they looked at its splendor they became overpowered, their eyes struck by the light. By Lord Vishnu's order, Brahma offered obeisances to that light and meditated on it.
sakaram dhama santidam
tasmin mahadbhutam dirgham
drishtva nemuh suras tatah
In that circle of light he saw the form of a peaceful transcendental realm. When the demigods saw in that realm the very wonderful white lotus stem of thousand-faced Lord Sesha, they bowed down to offer respects to Him.
yatra kalah kalayatam
rajan na prabhaven maya
manas cittam matir hy aham
na vikaro visaty eva
na mahams ca gunah kutah
On His head was the transcendental realm of Goloka, which is worshiped by all the worlds, and which is a realm where time, the conqueror of the proud, does not prevail, and where illusion, the material mind, heart, intelligence, and ego, material transformations and the mahat-tattva do enter. How can the modes of nature enter there?
dvari gantum cabhyudita
Their forms very beautiful, more beautiful than Kamadeva himself, Sri Krishna's associates stood at the entrance.
loka-pala vayam sarve
sakradya agata iha
The demigods said: We, Brahma, Vishnu, Siva, all the protectors of the planets, and the demigods headed by Indra, have come here to see Sri Krishna.
tac chrutva tad-abhiprayam
gatva cantah-puram param
Sri Narada said: Having heard this, the doorkeepers, girls who were the Lord's friends, went inside the palace and told Sri Krishna of (the visitors') wish.
tada vinirgata kacic
sapricchad vanhitam suran
Then a girl named Satacandranana, who was dressed in yellow garments, who held a stick in her hand, and who was Sri Krishna's friend, came from inside and asked the demigods what they wished.
yuyam sarve samagatah
tasmai bhagavate hy aham
Sri Satacandranana said: All you demigods who have come here, of what universe are you the kings? Tell me and I shall go to the Lord at once.
aho andany utanyani
nasmabhir darsitani ca
ekam andam prajanimo
'tho 'param nasti nah subhe
The demigods said: We have not seen any other universes. We know only one universe. O beautiful one, there is no universe beyond ours.
kotiso hy anda-rasayah
tesham yuyam yatha devas
tathande 'nde prithak prithak
Sri Satacandranana said: O demigod Brahma, millions of universes bob up and down (in the Karana ocean). As you are demigods in one universe, so in each each universe there are many demigods.
nama-gramam na janitha
kada vatra samagatah
grihan napi vinirgatah
You do not even know their names. When did you even meet them? Never leaving your own homes, you remain happy with stunted minds.
brahmandam ekam jananti
yatra jatas tatha janah
mashaka ca yathantah-stha
You know one universe. Living entities are born in many universes, like mosquitoes in many udumbara fruits.
upahasyam gata deva
ittham tushnim sthitah punah
cakitan iva tan drishtva
vishnur vacanam abravit
Sri Narada said: Mocked in this way, the demigods were silent. Seeing them intimidated, Lord Vishnu spoke some words.
yasminn ande prishnigarbho
'vataro 'bhut sanatanah
tasminn ande sthita vayam
Sri Vishnu said: We stay in the universe where eternal Lord Prisnigarbha descended, the universe broken by Lord Trivikrama's toenail.
tac chrutva tam ca samslaghya
sighram antah-puram gata
punar agatya devebhyo
'py ajnam dattva gatah puram
Sri Narada said: Hearing this, she praised Him for a long time, again entered the palace, returned, and gave the demigods permission (to enter. Then the demigods) entered the palace.
atha deva-ganah sarve
golokam dadrisuh param
tatra govardhano nama
gopibhir go-ganair vritah
yatra krishna nadi syama
Then the demigods saw Goloka, where the king of mountains, named Govardhana, which was filled with many cows and with gopis garlanded with forest flowers, and which was decorated with rasa- dance circles, is splendidly manifest, where the dark Yamuna river meandered as it wished, (its shores) made with lapis lazuli steps and decorated with millions of gazebos, . . .
. . . where the forest of Vrindavana, filled with splendid trees and vines, and glorious with bees, colorful birds, and the banyan tree where (Krishna) played the flute, was splendidly manifested, . . .
puline sitalo vayur
manda-gami vahaty alam
rajo vikshepayan muhuh
. . . where, carrying the pollen of many thousand-petal lotuses, a cool breeze gently blew to the shore, . . .
madhye nija-nikunjo 'sti
. . . where in the middle is the Lord's personal woodland of 32 forests, which is surrounded by walls and moats and endowed with a reddish courtyard of eternal banyan trees, . . .
. . . a courtyard decorated with seven walls made of rubies and with a glory of pearls from awnings like many millions of moons, . . .
patat-patakair divyabhaih pushpa-mandira-vartmabhih jata-bhramara-sangito matta-barhi-pika-svanah
. . . .where there were splendid flags moving (in the breeze), pathways that were flower palaces, and the singing of many bees and many maddened peacocks and cuckoos, . . .
pasyantyah sundaram mukham
. . . where there were many women effulgent as a hundred moons, wearing sunrise earrings, walking about as they wished, noticing their beautiful faces reflected in the jewels, running in the jewel courtyard, decorated with necklaces, bracelets, and tinkling ankle-bells, and splendid with jewels in their hair, . . .
kotisah kotiso gavo
dvari dvari manoharah
. . . where at door after door there were millions of millions of beautiful cows glorious as white mountains, decorated with glittering ornaments, . . .
payasvinyas tarunyas ca
sa-vatsah pita-pucchas ca
. . . young, full of milk, endowed with good character, virtues, and beauty, their tails yellow, personifications of happiness as they walked about with their calves, . . .
. . . decorated with a network of tiny bells, their bells and anklets tinkling, splendid with golden necklaces and flower garlands, their horns of gold, . . .
patala haritas tamrah
pitah syama vicitritah
dhumrah kokila-varnas ca
yatra gavas tv anekadha
. . . many different wonderful colors, some pink, some green, some red, some yellow, some black, some smokey, and some the color of cuckoos, . . .
govatsair manditah subhah
. . . giving oceans of milk, marked with the signs of youth, leaping like deer, beautiful, decorated with many calves, . . .
itas tatas calantas ca
. . . where, wandering among the cows were many great bulls opulent with long horns and necks and very pious, . . .
gopala vetra-hastas ca
syama vamsi-dharah parah
. . . where were many handsome cowherd boys, carrying flutes, holding sticks in their hands, and with charming melodies singing of Krishna's pastimes.
ittham nija-nikunjam tam
natva madhye gatah surah
jyotisham mandalam padmam
Bowing down to offer respects, the demigods entered the Lord's personal forest grove, which was a thousand-petal lotus that was a great circle of light.
tasyopari sphurad dirgham
Above that was a sixteen-petal lotus, above that an eight-petal lotus, and above that a long path decorated with three stairways.
simhasanam param divyam
kaustubhaih khacitam subhaih
dadrisur devatah sarvah
sri-krishnam radhaya yutam
There all the demigods saw, sitting on a splendid throne studded with beautiful kaustubha jewels, and accompanied by Sri Radha, Sri Krishna, . . .
. . . who was accompanied by eight splendid gopi friends headed by Mohini and served by eight gopas headed by Sridama, . . .
. . . who was served with diamond-handled camaras glorious as swans and millions of parasols like millions of moons, . . .
. . . whose left arm was decorated by Sri Radhika, whose right foot was bent as He wished, who held a flute, who smiled gently and gracefully, whose eyebrows enchanted hosts of Kamadevas, . . .
virajitam sri-vana-malaya harim
. . . who was splendid as a raincloud, whose large eyes were lotus petals, whose arms were long, who wore great yellow garments, who was splendid with a beautiful forest garland filled with the sounds of intoxicated bees.
. . . who was splendid with bracekets, anklets, and a belt, who had a glittering, charming, very glorious smile, who was handsome with the mark of Srivatsa and with a jewel placed in His curly locks of hair, and who was glorious with a crown, necklace, armlets, and earrings.
drishtva tam ananda-samudra-magna-vat
tatah surah pranjalayo natanana
nemur murarim purusham parayanam
Very happy, as if plunged in an ocean of bliss, by seeing Him, and their eyes now filled with tears, with folded hands and bowed heads the demigods offered their respectful obeisances to Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Dec 16, CANADA (SUN) —
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