Sri Vraja-riti cintamani – Chapter 3: Verses 9-13

By Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura (Translation by Sriman Kushakrata Dasa)

 

kvacic chilā-nīla-maṇi-pravīṇāḥ
kutrāpi tā mārakataika-tānāḥ |
tāḥ padma-rāgāḥ sphaṭikāś ca kāścid
govardhanādrau vidhu-keli-kalpāḥ

9. The rocks of Govardhana Hill are all precious gems. Some are sapphires, some emeralds, some rubies, and others crystals. These rocks provide the perfect backdrop for Lord Krishna’s pastimes.

 

jāmbunada-grāva-varān nirīkṣya
kṛṣṇāgrajo’raṁ vṛṣabhānujādhīḥ |
dūraṁ prayāti sphaṭikoccayāntāt
kṛṣṇāgrajo’tetyapisāpi yatra

10. If while walking on Govardhana Hill Krishna’s elder brother Balarama sees a series of golden stones, He thinks, "The daughter of King Vrshabhanu must have just now walked before Me," and He changes course to avoid an awkward situation. In the same way, if Sri Radha sees a series of crystals, She thinks, "Balarama must have just walked before Me," and She changes course.

 

kṛṣṇas tu jāmbunada-madhyam eti
muhuḥ sva-kāntā dyuti-biddha-buddhiḥ |
kāntādi tasyendra-maṇī śilāntaṁ
kānta-bhramāc chrī-hari-dāsa-varye

11. If on Govardhana Hill, which is the best of Lord Hari’s servants, Sri Krishna sees a golden stone, He takes it to be His beloved. Similarly, if His beloved sees a sapphire, She assumes it is Her lover.

 

 yasyāṅga-śobhā na vilobhayanti
kambā-nikuñjeṣu darīṣu dṛṣṭāḥ |
kṛṣṇasya kāntā nivahasya hārā-
dibhiḥ padālaktaka-carvitādyaiḥ

12. The gopis’ necklaces, ornaments, red foot cosmetic, betelnuts, and other paraphernalia gaze on the beauty of Govardhana Hill’s groves and caves. Who would not become enchanted by Govardhana Hill's beauty?

 

yasyendra-nīlī maṇir eva kṛṣṇo
jāmbunadāny eva tadīya-kāntāḥ |
tat kelayo yasya kuṭumba-bhāvā
govardhanaṁ taṁ kavayantu ke vā

13. Sri Krishna is the sapphire and the gopis the golden necklaces ornamenting Govardhana Hill. The pastimes of Krishna and the gopis are the sons and daughters of Govardhana Hill. Who is able to describe Govardhana Hill's glories?

 

 


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