Seeing the Yamuna River

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By Bhurijana dasa

Four fortunate souls associating with the Yamuna River. Had we pure spiritual vision, what would we see? Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura describes the bank of the River Yamuna in an intimate lila-kirtana.

1. ami jamuna-puline, kadamba-kanane,ki herinu sakhi! aj! syama bamsidhari, mani-mancopari, kore’ lila rasaraj

Oh sakhi! My dear girlfriend! What have I seen today? In a kadamba grove on the banks of the Yamuna, a beautiful blackish boy holding a long flute name vamsi is seated upon a throne of jewels, performing His pastimes as the King of all transcendental mellows!

2. krsna-keli sudha-prasravana astha-dalopari, sri-radha sri hari, astha-sakhi parijana

Situated upon the eight petals of the jewelled altar is Sri Radha and Sri Hari surrounded by Their attendants the eight chief gopis. There Krsna performs His amorous pastimes which are just like a waterfall of nectar.

3. sugita nartane, saba sakhi-gane, tusche jugala-dhane krsna-lila heri’, prakrti-sundari, bistariche sobha bane

By singing sweet songs and by dancing nicely, all the gopis satisfy the treasured Divine Couple. Thus I am beholding Krsna’s pastimes with His beautiful female consorts expanding throughout the splendrous forest.

4. ghare na jaibo, bane pravesibo, o lila-raser tare tyaji’ kula-laja, bhaja braja-raja, binoda minati kore’

For the sake of the mellows of such pastimes, I will not go to my home, but I will instead enter into the forest. Renouncing all shyness due to fear of family members, just worship the Lord of Vraja. This is the humble submission of Bhaktivinoda.

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1 varahanarasimha

(Krsna Book: Balarama visites Vrndavana)

The demigod known as Varuna sent his daughter Varuni in the form of liquid honey oozing from the hollows of the trees. Because of this honey the whole forest became aromatic, and the sweet aroma of the liquid honey, Varuni, captivated Balaramaji. Balaramaji and all the gopis became very much attracted by the taste of Varuni, and all of them drank it together. While drinking this natural beverage, all the gopis chanted the glories of Lord Balarama, and Lord Balarama felt very happy, as if He had become intoxicated by drinking that Varuni beverage. His eyes rolled in a pleasing attitude. He was decorated with long garlands of forest flowers, and the whole situation appeared to be a great function of happiness because of this transcendental bliss. Lord Balarama smiled beautifully, and the drops of perspiration decorating His face appeared like soothing morning dew.

While Balarama was in that happy mood, He desired to enjoy the company of the gopis in the water of the Yamuna. Therefore He called the Yamuna to come nearby. But the Yamuna neglected the order of Balaramaji, considering Him intoxicated. Lord Balarama became very much displeased at the Yamuna’s neglecting His order. He immediately wanted to scratch the land near the river with His plowshare. Lord Balarama has two weapons, a plow and a club, from which He takes service when they are required. This time He wanted to bring the Yamuna by force, and He took the help of His plow. He wanted to punish the Yamuna because she did not come in obedience to His order. He addressed the Yamuna, “You wretched river! You did not care for My order. Now I shall teach you a lesson! You did not come to Me voluntarily. Now with the help of My plow I shall force you to come. I shall divide you into hundreds of scattered streams!”

When the Yamuna was threatened like this, she became greatly afraid of the power of Balarama and immediately came in person, falling at His lotus feet and praying thus: “My dear Balarama, You are the most powerful personality, and You are pleasing to everyone. Unfortunately, I forgot Your glorious, exalted position, but now I have come to my senses, and I remember that You hold all the planetary systems on Your head merely by Your partial expansion Sesha. You are the sustainer of the whole universe. My dear Supreme Personality of Godhead, You are full with six opulences. Because I forgot Your omnipotence, I have mistakenly disobeyed Your order, and thus I have become a great offender. But, my dear Lord, please know that I am a soul surrendered unto You. You are very much affectionate to Your devotees. Therefore please excuse my impudence and mistakes, and, by Your causeless mercy, may You now release me.”

Upon displaying this submissive attitude, the Yamuna was forgiven, and when she came nearby, Lord Balarama enjoyed the pleasure of swimming in her water along with the gopis in the same way that an elephant enjoys himself along with his many she-elephants. After a long time, when Lord Balarama had enjoyed to His full satisfaction, He came out of the water, and immediately a goddess of fortune offered Him a nice blue garment and a valuable necklace made of gold. After bathing in the Yamuna, Lord Balarama, dressed in blue garments and decorated with golden ornaments, looked very attractive to everyone. Lord Balarama’s complexion is white, and when He was properly dressed He looked exactly like the white elephant of King Indra in the heavenly planets. The river Yamuna still has many small branches due to being scratched by the plowshare of Lord Balarama. And all these branches of the river Yamuna still glorify the omnipotence of Lord Balarama.

Lord Balarama and the gopis enjoyed transcendental pastimes together every night for two months, and time passed so quickly that all those nights appeared to be only one night. In the presence of Lord Balarama, all the gopis and other inhabitants of Vrndavana became as cheerful as they had been before in the presence of both brothers, Lord Krsna and Lord Balarama. )

Comment posted by varahanarasimha on April 4th, 2007
2 varahanarasimha

from http://kksongs.org/songs/y/yamunamajjitakrura.html
we find this nice song
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Song Name: Yamuna Majjitakrura Jayakrura

Official Name: Obeisance 86 Verses 343 to 348

Author: Sanatana Goswami

Book Name: Krsna Lila Stava

Language: Sanskrit

LYRICS:

(1)

yamunā-majjitākrūra jayākrūra-ratha-sthita

śvāphalki-jala-sandṛṣṭa paramāścarya-darśaka

(2)

akrūra-saḿstutānāde padmanābhādi-kāraṇa

jagad-durvijñeya-gate bhājamānaika-gamya he

(3)

nānā-yajñārcanīyāńghre nānākhyā-rūpa-mārga-bhāk

sarva-gatyāpagāmbhodhe sarva-deva-mayeśvara

(4)

jagad-āśraya-sarvāńga brahmāṇḍāli-guhodara

śoka-ghnānandada śrīmad-avatārāvalī-yaśaḥ

(5)

nānā-kārpaṇya-vijñāpi-mumukṣv-akrūra-yācita

sva-prema-bhakti-satsańga-dāyi-svaika-kṛpā-bhara

(6)

gopy-avajñā-hatākrūra-śuṣka-stotrābhivāndita

pitṛvya-vismayodanta-pracchakādbhuta-sāgara

TRANSLATION

1) O Lord Krsna, all glories unto You. As Akrura, the son of Svaphalka took his bath in the Yamuna, You remained on his chariot. When Akrura was immersed in the water, You showed a supremely amazing thing to him.

2) O Lord Krsna, Akrura offered prayers to You, saying that You are beginning-less and without an origin, and that indeed the lotus flower sprouted from Your navel is the origin of the entire universe. (He said that) Your movements and activities are not understandable by the conditioned souls within the universe, and that You can be approached only by those engaged in Your pure devotional service.

3) O Lord Krsna, Akrura said that many different kinds of sacrifices and worshipping methods may be employed for the worship of Your lotus feet, for You possess many different names and forms and there are thus many paths to reach You. Because You are the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and the demigods are all parts of You, the rivers of different worshipping procedures may flow into the ocean which is Yourself.

4) O Lord Krsna, Akrura said that Your limbs are the shelter for the entire universe, and the myriad of universes are all contained within the cave of Your abdomen. He said that with the glorious fame of Your beautiful and opulent incarnations, You grant spiritual bliss (to Your devotees) and remove the distresses (of material existence).

5) O Lord Krsna, eager for liberation, and humbly begging for Your mercy, Akrura offered these prayers to You. Bestowing on him a small fragment of Your mercy, You gave to him devotional service in pure love of God, as well as the association of Your saintly devotees.

6) O Lord Krsna, Although You cruelly neglected the gopis, Akrura offered these formal dry prayers to You. O ocean of amazing qualities, You asked Your uncle Akrura why he had become amazed.

REMARKS/EXTRA INFORMATION:

Canto 10 Chapter 39’s component ends with Verse 1 (original verse 343). The remainder of this song starts Canto 10 Chapter 40.

Comment posted by varahanarasimha on April 6th, 2007
3 varahanarasimha

Song Name: Yamuna Tata Sancarin Kaliya

Official Name: Obeisance 45 Verses 185 to 186

Author: Sanatana Goswami

Book Name: Krsna Lila Stava

Language: Sanskrit

LYRICS:

(1)

yamunā-taṭa-sañcārin kāliya-hrada-tīraga

namas te’tisudhā-dṛṣṭe viṣārta-vraja-jīvana

(2)

ativismita-gopāla-kulānumita-ceṣṭita

jaya svajana-rakṣārtha-nigūḍhaiśvarya-darśaka

TRANSLATION

1) O Krsna, moving along the bank of the Ymauna river, You went to the shore of the Kaliya lake. With Your nectarean glance, You restored the life of the cowherd boys and calves who had died because of Kaliya’s poison. O Lord, I offer respectful obeisances unto You.

2) O Krsna, the cowherd boys could guess that You had restored their lives and they became amazed. In order to protect Your own devotees, You manifested Your transcendental prowess, which had previously been concealed. O Lord, all glories unto You.

Comment posted by varahanarasimha on April 6th, 2007

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