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Srimad Bhagawatam ~ Episode 799

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Episode 799

The Gopikas surround Uddhava and enquire about Srikrishna

Narayana Krishna

Tenth Canto Chapter Forty-seven

In this chapter, the conversation between Uddhava and the Gopikas and the teaching known as Bhramara-gita are covered.

Maharishi Śuka continued, “Uddhava, the attendant of Srikrishna, was wearing yellow garments and a garland of lotuses around his neck. He had long arms, eyes that resembled freshly-bloomed lotuses, a face that glowed like a blooming lotus and had worn earrings that shone resplendently due to be being laced with gems.

Gopikas saw this pleasant form of Uddhava and were deeply astonished. ‘Who is this handsome person dressed like Krishna?’ they wondered”.

Even in Brindavan, all the cowherd boys would dress the way Krishna did. They imitated His style. Likewise, Uddhava had similarly dressed like the Lord.

“The Gopikas thought, ‘From where would he have arrived? Who would have sent him here? He is dressed like Krishna.’ In anxiety and eagerness, all the Gopikas quickly surrounded him. Uddhava had sought shelter in the lotus feet of Srikrishna, the Lord who is of great repute.

Upon recognizing him to be a messenger of Krishna, the husband of Lakshmi, the Gopikas took him to a quiet place. Seating him on a suitable mat, all of them, honoured him with their shy smiles and tender gazes, sweet words and offering of water.

Thereafter they offered obeisance to him and, in all humility, enquired, “We have come to know that you are an attendant of Srikrishna, the Lord of Yadavas, and that, at His behest, you have arrived here to give joy to His parents”.

These Gopikas had their own method of obtaining news. One Gopika who had noticed his arrival the previous night informed all her friends that he was a servant of Krishna who had come purely at the behest of the Lord.

“We presume that apart from His parents, there is nothing that He seems to remember in this Gokula”.

In this way the Gopikas were expressing their anguish upon not seeing Him for long. They complained that He appeared to miss only His parents and none else. ‘How can He not remember us or these cows, these ponds, these forests?’

They continued, “Even Maharishis find it difficult to cut away from the bondage to their own family, isn’t it? The human being develops friendship with other people solely for some personal gain and then breaks the bonds upon fulfilment of his goal. Why will any person seek friendship with others apart from his kith and kin without any objective in mind? A man befriending a woman or a bee befriending a flower belong to such category”.

The Gopikas were angry- Krishna had conveyed message only for His parents. There was no mention of the Gopikas and no message for them. Through these words they were expressing their anguish.

“A prostitute abandons a pauper; citizens abandon an incapable king; students abandon their teacher upon completion of their education and priests abandon the performer of the sacrifice upon receiving their remuneration (dakshina). Birds abandon a fallen tree; guests forget the home of the host upon completion of their meal.”

After completing the meal, guests forget their host. Some guests do not even bother to thank the host for their hospitality.

“Animals discard the burnt forest, while the lover abandons the woman after enjoyment, even though she continues to remain attached to him”.

Some men praise their wives only when they need her services, not otherwise. When their needs are fulfilled they abandon their wives or neglect her.

“In thought, word and deed these Gopikas belonged only to Lord Govinda. To them, He was everything. Their thoughts were focussed solely upon Him. In the presence of Uddhava, the messenger of Srikrishna who had arrived in their midst, they discarded all their material transactions. Remembering all the activities of Srikrishna, from infancy up to the age of ten, these Gopikas sang them for Uddhava”.

Initially they let out their anger. They scolded the Lord who had deserted them after reaching Mathura. Later on they began to sing His glories. Their world was centred around Krishna alone! Hence they scolded Him but yet sang about Him.

“As they were singing, they unabashedly began to shed tears in the presence of Uddhava. One of the Gopikas wanted to meditate upon Srikrishna and enjoy His company in solitude. Exactly at that moment a bee hovered around her. Considering the bee to be a messenger sent by Srikrishna she said to it,

‘O bee, you are a servant of that cheat Srikrishna. You are a cheat who drinks nectar and then abandons the flower. Akin to you, Srikrishna is also a cheat. After allowing us to drink the nectar from His lips, thus throwing us into infatuation, He has abandoned us all.  How does Goddess Lakshmi serve Him, who is a cheat? Believing Maharishi Narada, who praised Him as one with unblemished repute, she gave her heart to Him’.”

Krishna Narayana

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Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 100

Asmāl lokād uparate mayi jñānaṁ mad-āśrayam
Arhaty uddhava evāddhā sampraty ātmavatāṁ varaḥ

After I depart from these planes, in matters pertaining to imparting knowledge about me, Uddhava alone is competent. He is wise and has conquered his senses. He is the foremost amongst devotees. He is over and above the three attributes of nature (trigunas) and will not be trapped in any worldly illusion. It is not limited to this! He is equal to me in every respect. Therefore may he remain in this world for some more time, imparting knowledge about me to people!

“Sukhāya karmāṇi karoti loko na taiḥ sukhaṁ vānyad-upāramaṁ vā
Vindeta bhūyas tata eva duḥkhaṁ yad atra yuktaṁ bhagavān vaden naḥ

The human being aspiring for happiness at all times performs frutitive actions aimed at obtaining happiness. Despite his efforts through these actions neither is he able to procure any form of happiness nor is he successful in being able to drive away sorrows. Ultimately only the physical strain of performing the deeds and the recurring sorrow that it brings only remain. What should a person who is struck in this deplorable condition do to obtain supreme bliss? O venerable great sage! Please be kind enough to explain”.

Janasya kṛṣṇād vimukhasya daivād adharma-śīlasya suduḥkhitasya
Anugrahāyeha caranti nūnaṁ bhūtāni bhavyāni janārdanasya

Lacking faith in the Supreme Lord Krishna, the human being turns away from Him and instead develops inclination towards unrighteous deeds. As such he is eternally sorrowful. To guide such persons and to ensure that they tread the path of righteousness, the auspicious devotees of Lord Srikrishna wander about the entire earth.

from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 100(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)

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Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 99

“Ko nv īśa te pāda-saroja-bhājāṁ
Sudurlabho ’rtheṣu caturṣv apīha
Tathāpi nāhaṁ pravṛṇomi bhūman
Bhavat-padāmbhoja-niṣevaṇotsukaḥ

O Lord! There is nothing which is not attained by those who serve Your lotus feet! The four-fold aims of life viz., Dharma, artha, kama and moksha, will all be easily attained by them. O Paramatma! Even then I do not seek them. The desire to remain eternally serving Your lotus feet is very strong, O Lord.

Yatra nārāyaṇo devo naraś ca bhagavān ṛṣiḥ
Mṛdu tīvraṁ tapo dīrghaṁ tepāte loka-bhāvanau

That holy place Badarikāśrama where Maharishis Nara and Narayana, with the intent of bringing about the welfare of the worlds, took up gentle austerities but performed them with utmost strictness is very dear to Srikrishna. I am now proceeding to Badari” said Uddhava.

Asmāl lokād uparate mayi jñānaṁ mad-āśrayam
Arhaty uddhava evāddhā sampraty ātmavatāṁ varaḥ

from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 99(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)

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Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 98

Bhagavān api viśvātmā loka-veda-pathānugaḥ
Kāmān siṣeve dvārvatyām asaktaḥ sāṅkhyam āsthitaḥ

Lord Srikrishna, who is the universal Self, enjoyed the comforts in Dwaraka while adhering to the customs of the world, strictly abiding by the Vedic dictates, being firmly established in the ultimate Absolute Truth, and with absolutely no desire towards this materialistic world. In this way he established the path of knowledge in this world.

Bhagavān svātma-māyāyā gatiṁ tām avalokya saḥ
Sarasvatīm upaspṛśya vṛkṣa-mūlam upāviśat

The Supreme Lord with His transcendental divine vision foresaw this destruction of His Yadava clan. He then bathed in the River Saraswati and sat down under a tree.

from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 98(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)

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Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 96

Aho bakī yaṁ stana-kāla-kūṭaṁ
Jighāṁsayāpāyayad apy asādhvī
Lebhe gatiṁ dhātry-ucitāṁ tato ’nyaṁ
Kaṁ vā dayāluṁ śaraṇaṁ vrajema

With the intent of killing infant Krishna, the wicked demoness Putana applied deadly poison to her breasts and fed him her milk. For having breast fed him, Putana, although being wicked, was bestowed with the same levels of merit (punya) that his mother Yashoda had earned for raising Him. Aha! What wonder! What more can be said about His compassion! Who else apart from Him can be our refuge?

Vasudevasya devakyāṁ jāto bhojendra-bandhane
Cikīrṣur bhagavān asyāḥ śam ajenābhiyācitaḥ

Hearing the pleas of Lord Brahma, with the intent of reducing the burden of earth and causing her great delight, Sri Mahavishnu, took birth as the son of Devaki and Vasudeva in the prison of Kamsa.

Vipannān viṣa-pānena nigṛhya bhujagādhipam
Utthāpyāpāyayad gāvas tat toyaṁ prakṛti-sthitam

The serpent-king Kaliya poisoned the waters of the lake due to which many cows and cowherds, who drank the waters of the lake, suddenly lost their life. At that moment Krishna punished Kaliya and revived the dead cows and cowherds back to life. He drove Kaliya out of that lake. With this, the waters of that lake turned pure and were fit for consumption.

Sāndīpaneḥ sakṛt proktaṁ brahmādhītya sa-vistaram
Tasmai prādād varaṁ putraṁ mṛtaṁ pañca-janodarāt

Thereafter Srikrishna, for his formal education, went and resided in the hermitage of Maharishi Sāndipini as his student.

from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 96(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)

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Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 95

Ko vā amuṣyāṅghri-saroja-reṇuṁ vismartum īśīta pumān vijighran
Yo visphurad-bhrū-viṭapena bhūmer bhāraṁ kṛtāntena tiraścakāra

Which devotee, who has even once smelt the fragrance of the lotus feet of that Lord, who with the mere movement of his deathly eyebrows has caused death of all those who were a burden to Earth, can ever forget Him?

from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 95(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)

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Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 94

Ajasya janmotpatha-nāśanāya
Karmāṇy akartur grahaṇāya puṁsām
Nanv anyathā ko ’rhati deha-yogaṁ
Paro guṇānām uta karma-tantram

O Uddhava! The Supreme Lord is birthless. Even then He incarnates for blessing those devotees who have sought shelter in Him and for punishing those who tread the path of unrighteousness. It is wrong to bind Him to any of His actions. This is because He is not the doer. Yet, for the purposes of causing an attraction in humans towards the path of righteousness and for the well-being of the universe, He appears as if He is involved in actions.

Durbhago bata loko ’yaṁ yadavo nitarām api
Ye saṁvasanto na vidur hariṁ mīnā ivoḍupam

What can I say about the ill-luck of the human beings in this world? Amongst all the people, the most unfortunate are those who are born in the Yadu lineage.”

from Srimad Bhagavatam – Day 94(Translations of Pujya Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji’s daily explanation of Srimad Bhagavatam on ETV from December 2015 onwards are compiled by Parimala Eshwarla)