Bilwamangala Swami, also known as Lila Shuka because of his descriptions of the
leelas of Krishna in the same manner
in which Suka described it to Parikshit.
Lila Suka has painted vivid word picutres of the leelas of Krishna as a child, as an adolescent boy and as a lover.
The work contains 328 verses in three aashwasas (or sargas, chapters).
Throughout the book the undercurrent is loving devotion to Krishna who is
regarded as the plenary incarnation of Mahavishnu, the purely sattwic aspect of
brahman, the Ultimate reality. It is
said that Chaitanya mahaprabhu was acquainted with this work and he greatly
translation in English.
adolescence) of Krishna which is the most beautiful in the three worlds, which
is followed by the celestial damsels in the sky for whose eyes it is the very
pinnacle of sweetness and which is the object of the passionate glances of the
belles of Vraja
adolescent form of the gopala King which is mentally visualised from head
to foot by the yogis who are very much attached to it and the taste of which
the gopis have known.
his form as dark as the petals of the kuvalaya
flower playfully held by Lakshmi in her hands. His glances of love from the
corners of his roving eyes create a wave. Hairs in his body stand erect (because of the emotion of
love) which gives the impression of buds on a tamala
tree. May that Krishna sustain all of us and (help
us cross this ocean of samsara)
that adolescent boy who adorns his head with the plumes of the peacock of
Skanda, who has smeared his body with the red paste of the sand stone of the Meru
Mountain and whose locks are adorned by the rain of flowers showered by the
victory to the lotus face of Krishna which is pretty with its slow, sweet and pure smile, which is moved by the
god of Love, and with eyes rolling over the bosom of the young lasses of
great effulgence which has an indolent, playful, pretty and smooth smile, which
is sweating because of love sport, which is fulfilled, has a lotus-like face,
which has lips bathed in a smile which is bright as the full moon and which
delights the doe-eyed damsels of Vraja
effulgence, Krishna, who is the joy of
all the three worlds, whose broad chest is adorned by Radha’s playful sidelong
glances which cause bristles of extreme joy.
Fearing that Rukmini who is asleep after love play may wake up any time,
Krishna locks Radha in a tight embrace leading to a vast empire of joy. .
the thoughts (vasanas) I am entertaining in my mind for long about
Krishna with a smile dripping sweet nectar, adorned with the plumes of peacock,
wide eyes like the lotus, wafting the fragrance of the belles of Vraja, pretty
lotus-like face and sweet melodies from the flute,
effulgence (Krishna) which adorns the head with peacock plumes,
abundant flow of nectar yielding all the siddhies. A small portion of a drop from this nectar
flow gives the god of Love his exalted position making him rule the world with
his five arrows of flowers.
that effulgence, in the form of child
Krishna, which has broad long eyes,
never-fading sweet smile which defeats the brilliance of the autumnal moon and childlike
playfulness, which is enjoyed by rasikas (connoisseurs)
leaving all other activities, which has for its support the breasts of lovelorn
belles of Vraja.
live in huts, a few cowherds are there as helpers, the rope used to tie calves
hangs on the shoulders, people paying tribute are cowherd women, adornment is
peacock feathers and red stone from mountain.
In spite of all this Krishna is called the Lord of the three worlds.
What a paradox!
himself with peacock feathers, who is of beautiful dark blue complexion and is
the embodiment of beauty, who is like rainy season for the lagoon which is
Lakshmi, who playfully attracts the hearts of good people and who is the source
of the leela-nectar?
is sweet with red lips, roving eyes full of joy and wonderful radiance, lit up
by a nectarine smile which is tempting every time it is recalled to mind.
Wake up, wake up. After a long time your
life is fulfilled. Enjoy, experience, to
your heart’s content, this supreme peace, cessation of activity, which is before your very eyes
sweet effulgence has merciful feet with a slight red tinge, dense, abundant
hairs on the head, wide eyes, beautiful body dark in complexion and the form of
goddess who is a child with a dark complexion as the tender leaves of the
tamala tree, locks adorned by a garland of peacock plumes and wild flowers,
beautiful tilak made by the red sand stone from the mountain, a from
which always captivates the mind, which enjoys the nectarine playful melodies
from the flute and which is the very embodiment
of beauty. (Lord Krishna is visualised
as the Goddess in this verse)
effulgence is firm in the soft feet, fleshy at the calf, thick at the hips,
slim at the stomach, long in the arms, broad at the chest, sweet at he lips,
innocence in the face, shine in the eyes, profusion in hair and decked with
before that which is the very essence of supreme bliss, which is at the portals
of youth from childhood, which increasingly
produces nectar out of the melodies of the flute and which blesses everything
with the side long glances from its wide eyes.
Krishna, the highest of the gods, full of the happiness of childhood, shining with the plumes of peacock, a pretty
smile playing on his face, roving side long glances, the seat of calm and peace for those who prostrate
before him, dark as the newly-formed cloud and who is filled with the joy of his
beauty, with a smile which is the perfection
of sweetness and with glances reflecting youthfulness of mercy, His form satisfies the greed of my eyes for
who are like bees (circling around the lotus) and which shine red like the
who honours, with receptive ears, the
requests of gopis and their words which are not artificial.
face, pretty side long glances
protected by Krishna who is surrounded by gopalas trained in
the art of minding the cows, who adorns his head with peacock plumes, who
creates soulful melodies from his flute
and who is cool to the eyes of gopis.