SRIKRISHNA KARNAMRUTAM -ASHWASA 1 (SL0KAS 76 TO 110)

                    Srikrishna Karnamrutham
Srikrishna Karnamrutham is a beautiful devotional poem authored by
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
appreciated it.
Given below are slokas 76 to 110 of the first ashwasa with a prosaic
translation in English.  
धेनुपालदयितास्तनस्थल-
धन्यकुङ्कुमसनाथकान्तये।
वेणुगीतगतिमूलवेधसे
तेजसे तदिदमोम् नमो नमः ॥७६॥
My
prostrations to that effulgence (Krishna) which is smeared with the kumkum
from the breasts of cowherd women and who is the very source of the music from
the flute.
मृदुक्वणन्नूपुरमन्थरेण
बालेन पादांबुजपल्लवेन।
अनुक्वणन्मञ्जुलवेणुगीत-
मायाति मे जीवितमात्तकेलि ॥७७॥
(I visualize
in my mind) child Krishna,  who is my
very life, coming towards me playfully with his feet soft and pretty as leaf
buds, with the soft tinkling of anklets and sweet melodies flowing from his
flute.
सोऽयं विलासमुरलीनिनदामृतेन
सिञ्चन्नुदञ्चितमिदं मम कर्णयुग्मम्।
आयाति मे नयनबन्धुरनन्यबन्धु-
रानन्दकन्दलितकेलिकटाक्षदक्षः ॥७८॥
,
I visualize,
coming towards me,  child Krishna, who is
the friend of those with no other friends, whose sidelong glances are charged
with bliss (joy),  drenching my eagerly
receptive ears with the flow of  playful
sweet nectar of music from his flute.
दूराद्विलोकयति वारणखेलगामि
धाराकटाक्षभरितेन विलोचनेन।
आरादुपैति हृदयंगमवेणुनाद-
वेणीदुघेन दशनावरणेन देवः ॥७९॥
My God
(Krishna) is looking at me from a distance, his playful gait like that of an
elephant and his eyes sending out a continuous flow of sidelong glances.  When he is near, three is a continuous flow
of captivating sweet music from his lips (which play the flute).   
त्रिभुवनसरसाभ्यां दिव्यलीलाकलाभ्यां
दृशि दृशि शिशिराभ्यां दीप्तभूषास्पदाभ्याम्।
अशरणशरणाभ्यामद्भुताभ्यां पदाभ्या-
मयमयमनुकूजद्वेणुरायाति देवः  ॥८०॥
Here comes
Lord Krishna playing sweet music on his flute and walking with his  wonderful feet which bestow happiness on all
the three worlds, which are repositories of divine leelas,  which cool the eyes of all, which are
resplendent with ornaments, which provide refuge to those who have no other
refuge.
सोयं मुनीन्द्रजनमानसतापहारी
सोयं मदव्रजवधूवसनापहारी।
सोयं तृतीयभुवनेश्वरदर्पहारी
सोयं मदीयहृदयाम्बुरुहापहारी ॥८१॥
He (Krishna) is the one who
dispels the anguish in the hearts of saints, who stole the garments of gopis
passionately in love with him and who subdued the arrogance of Indra. It
is the same Krishna who has stolen my heart-lotus (My heart is yearning for
Krishna).
सर्वज्ञत्वे च मौग्ध्ये च
सार्वभौममिदं मम ।
निर्विशन् नयनं तेजो
निर्वाणपदमश्नुते 
॥८२॥
When that effulgence
(Krishna), the very acme (Emperor) of omniscience and beauty, enters my eyes (meaning
when it reveals itself), it experiences the state of Nirvana or Supreme Peace.   
कृष्णाननं तत् पुनरुक्तशोभ-
मुष्णेतरांशोरुदयं मुखेन्दोः।
तृष्णाम्बुराशिं द्विगुणीकरोति
कृष्णाह्वयं किञ्चन जीवितं मे ॥८३॥
Something called Krishna which is my very
life has a moon-like face which is as bright as the rising moon and which
doubles my ocean of thirst (for the darshan of Krishna) [ Like the moon
which causes tides in the ocean, the moon-like face of Krishna  enhances my thirst to see him before my
eyes]  
तदेतदाताम्रविलोचनश्री
संभाविताशेषविनम्रवर्गम्।
मुहुर्मुरारेर्मधुराधरोष्ठं
मुखाम्बुजं चुम्बति मानसं मे ॥८४॥
My mind kisses again
and again the lotus face of Krishna which has sweet lips and beautiful
eyes  with a red tinge, blessing all
those who bow down before it (with its merciful glances). 
करौ शरदुदञ्चितांबुजविलासशिक्षागुरू
पादौ विबुधपादपप्रथमपल्लवोल्लङ्घिनौ।
दृशौ दलितदुर्मदत्रिभुवनोपमानश्रियौ
विलोकय विलोचनामृतमहो महच्छैशवम् ॥८५॥
See the great
child form of Krishna which is nectar to the eyes, whose hands give lessons in
beauty to the lotus flowers of autumn, whose feet excel in beauty the first
born tender leaves of the wish-fulfilling tree of heaven and whose eyes crush
the vanity of everything comparable to them in the three worlds.
आचिन्वानमहन्यहन्यभिनवाकारान् विहारक्रमा-
नारुन्धानमरुन्धतीहृदयमप्यार्द्रस्मितस्य श्रिया।
आतन्वानमनन्यजन्मनयनश्लाघ्यामनर्घां दशा-
मामन्दं व्रजसुन्दरीस्तनतटीसाम्राज्यमुज्जृम्भते ॥८६॥
He (Krishna)
discovers ever new ways of playing daily; he enthralls the heart of even
Arundhati by the beauty of his sweet smile; he is so handsome that it is praised
even by the love god and he rules over the empire of the breasts of gopis of
Vraja
समुच्छ्वसितयौवनं तरलशैशवालंकृतं
मदच्छुरितलोचनं मदनमुग्धहासामृतम्।
प्रतिक्षणविलोकनं प्रणयपीतवंशीमुखं
जगत्त्रयविमोहनं जयति मामकं जीवितम् ॥८७॥
Victory to Krishna who enthrals the whole word and
who is my very life, whose youth has just bloomed,  who is adorned by a childhood which is on the
way out,  whose eyes reflect passion,
whose nectar of a smile is very beautiful, 
whose glances are fleeting and who lovingly drinks out of his flute’s
mouth (plays the flute).  
चित्रं तदेतच्चरणारविन्दं
चित्रं तदेतन्नयनारविन्दम्।
चित्रं तदेतद्वदनारविन्दं
चित्रं तदेतत्पुनरम्ब! चित्रम् ॥८८॥
The lotus-like
feet of Krishna are wonderful; his lotus-like eyes are wonderful; his lotus-like
face is wonderful; O Mother ! everything about Krishna is wonderful!.
अखिलभुवनैकभूषण-
मधिभूषितजलधिदुहितृकुचकुम्भम्।
व्रजयुवतिहारावलि-
मरतकनायकमहामणिं वन्दे ॥८९॥
Krishna is the ornament of the whole world; he adorns the
pot-like breasts of Lakshmi, daughter of the ocean; he is the central   emerald gem on the garlands of the young women
of Vraja; I salute him.
कान्ताकचग्रहणविग्रहबद्धलक्ष्मी-
खण्डांगरागरसरञ्जितमञ्जुलश्रीः।
गण्डस्थलीमुकुरमण्डलखेलमान-
घर्माङ्कुरं किमपि खेलति कृष्णतेजः ॥९०॥
The effulgence
that is Krishna is smeared with the red sandal paste from the breasts of
Lakshmi when he takes hold of her locks 
(to plant a kiss on her lips) and drops of perspiration play on his
mirror-like cheeks.
मधुरं मधुरं वपुरस्य विभो-
र्मधुरं मधुरं वदनं मधुरं।
मधुगन्धि मृदुस्मितमेतदहो
मधुरं मधुरं मधुरं मधुरं॥९१॥
The
whole form of the Lord is sweet.  His
face is sweet. The soft smile of his has the scent of honey.  Every thing about Krishna is sweet, sweet,
nothing but sweet.
शृंगाररससर्वस्वं
शिखिपिञ्छविभूषणम्।
अङ्गीकृतनराकार-
माश्रये भुवनाश्रयम् ॥९२॥
I take
refuge in Him who is the refuge of the whole world,  who is the very essence of erotic sentiment (sringara
rasa
),  who adorns himself with the
plumes of the peacock and who has willed to take a human form.
नाद्यापि पश्यति कदाचन दर्शनेन
चित्तेन चोपनिषदां सुदृशां सहस्रम्।
स त्वं चिरं नयनयोरनयोः पदव्यां
स्वामिन् कदा नु कृपया मम सन्निधत्से ॥९३॥
O Lord! even today thousands of wise men
well-versed in the Upanishads are not able to see you before their eyes or in
their hearts.  That being the case, when
will you have mercy on me and reveal yourself 
before my eyes and stay there for long.  
केऽयं कान्तिः केशव! त्वन्मुखेन्दोः
कोऽयं वेषः कोऽपि वाचामभूमिः।
सेयं सेयं स्वादुता मञ्जुलश्रीः
भूयो भूयो भूयशस्त्वां नमामि ॥९४॥
O Keshava! what
is this wonderful radiance of your moon-like face? What is this form of yours
which is impossible to describe in words? 
This sweetness and beauty of your form – I prostrate before  you again and again.
वदनेन्दुविनिर्जितः शशिः
दशधा देव! पदं प्रपद्यते।
अधिकां श्रियमश्नुतेतरां
तव कारुण्यविजृंभितं कियत् ॥९५॥
The moon,
defeated by your moon-like face, divided itself into ten parts and took refuge
in the ten nails of your feet and became much more brighter.  What exuberance of  mercy! O Lord! 
तत्त्वन्मुखं कथमिवाब्जसमानकक्ष्यं
वाङ्माधुरीबहुलपर्वकलासमृद्धं।
तत् किं ब्रुवे किमपरं भुवनैककान्तं
यस्य त्वदाननसमा सुषमा सदा स्यात् ॥९६॥
How is it that
your face is compared with the lotus and with many full moons?  (The lotus blooms when the sun rises and
closes when the sun sets.  The moon is
waxing and waning). Where can I find something which is the most beautiful in
the world and, at the same time, which, like your face, is bright at all times
( unlike the lotus or the moon)?      
.
शुश्रूषसे यदि वचः शृणु मामकीनं
पूर्वैरपूर्वकविभिर्न कटाक्षितं यत्।
नीराजनक्रमधुरां भवदाननेन्दो-
र्निर्व्याजमर्हति चिराय शशिप्रदीपः ॥९७॥
If you are
willing to hear, hear my words which were not ever spoken by poets of earlier
days.  What I say is “the moon certainly
deserves to be the lamp to be used in doing nirajana
(waving of lights)
to your face (which excels by far the brightness of the moon)” 
अखण्डनिर्वाणरसप्रवाह-
विखण्डिताशेषरसान्तराणि।
अयन्त्रितोद्वान्तसुधार्णवानि
जयन्ति शीतानि तव स्मितानि ॥९८॥
Victory to your
smiles which are cool and from which flow uninterrupted peace (salvation) which
dispels all other rasas (sentiments) and which are like the sea of
nectar the high tide of which is not restricted.  
कामं सन्तु सहस्रशः कतिपये सारस्यधौरेयकाः
कामं वा कमनीयतापरिणतिस्वाराज्यबद्धव्रताः।
तैर्नैवं विवदामहे न च वयं देव प्रियं ब्रूमहे
यत्सत्यं रमणीयतापरिणतिस्त्वय्येव पारंगता ॥९९॥
Let
there be thousands of people  who want to
be pioneers in the search of Truth and who have vowed to reach the acme of
perfection in beauty. We do not argue with them or speak in favour of them.  The Truth is that beauty has really matured
and reached its acme only in you.
मन्दारमूले मदनाभिरामं
बिम्बाधरा पूरितवेणुनादम्।
गोगोपगोपीजनमध्यसंस्थमं
गोपं भजे गोकुलपूर्णचन्द्रम् ॥१००॥
I worship that
cowherd (Krishna) of bewitching beauty like Cupid,  who is the full moon of Gokula,
sitting under the wish-giving tree surrounded by cows, cowherd boys and girls
and producing sweet music from his flute with his lips red like the bimba fruit
गलद्व्रीडालोला मदनवनिता गोपवनिता
मधुस्फीतं गीतं किमपि मधुरं चापलधुरं।
समुज्जृंभा गुंभा मधुरिमगिरां मादृशगिरां
त्वयि स्थाने जाते भवति चपलं जन्म सफलम् ॥१०१॥
O Krishna! Your
birth in gokula had lots of impact on many things.  The simple cowherd women shed their shyness
and became passionately in love with you. 
The sweet playful songs became steeped in honey.  The  words
of those like me brimmed with sweetness, poetic imagery and meaning and O Lord!
my life itself, which was drifting,  became fruitful.   
भवनं भुवनं विलासिनी श्री-
स्तनयस्तामरसासनः स्मरश्च।
परिचारपरम्पराः सुरेन्द्रा-
स्तदपित्वच्चरितं विभो विचित्रम् ॥१०२॥
The world is your home, your consort is
goddess Lakshmi, sons are Brahma and the god of Love, servants are celestials
including Indra but O Lord! your history (conduct) is really strange.
देवस्त्रीलोकसौभाग्य-
क्स्तूरितिलकाङ्कुरः।
जीयाद्व्रजांगनानंग-
केलीललितविभ्रमः ॥१०३॥
May that Krishna live long; Krishna who
sports a tilak of musk marking the good fortune of the damsels of heaven
and who is excited about  love sport with
the young belles of Vraja.
प्रेमदञ्च मे कामदञ्च मे
वेदनञ्च मे वैभवञ्च मे।
जीवनञ्च मे जीवितञ्च मे
दैवतञ्च मे देव नापरम् ॥१०४॥
There
is no god for me except Lord Krishna.  He
is the only one who gives me love, who fulfils my desires, who understands my
feelings, who is my only wealth,  who is
my means of living and who is my life itself.
माधुर्येण विजृंभन्तां
वाचो नस्तव वैभवे।
चापल्येन विवर्धन्तां
चिन्ता नस्तव शैशवे ॥१०५॥
Let our
words (speech) about your majesty (greatness) overflow with sweetness.  Let our thoughts about your childhood grow
with more and more of your leelas (playfulness).
यानि
त्वच्चरितामृतानि रसनालेह्यानि
धन्यात्मनां’
ये वा शैशवचापलव्यतिकरा राधापराधोन्मुखाः ।
या वा भावितवेणुगीतगतयो लीलामुखांभोरुहे
धारावाहिकयावहन्तु हृदये तान्येव तान्येव मे ॥१.१०६॥
May the nectar of your life stories and exploits which are sweet to
the tongue of noble souls, your childish playful pranks directed towards Radha
and the melodious songs from the flute emanating from your lotus-mouth, pass
through my heart (mind) continuously without break.
भक्तिस्त्वयि स्थिरतरा भगवन् यदि स्या-
द्दैवेन
नः फलितदिव्यकिशोरवेषे  ।
मुक्तिः
स्वयं मुकुलिताञ्जलि
सेवतेऽस्मान्
धर्मार्थकामगतयः समयप्रतीक्षाः
॥१.१०७॥
O Lord! If, by the grace of God, we develop loving devotion to You
who has taken the form of the Divine Child (Krishna), then personified Mukti (liberation) Herself will be at
our service with folded hands. Dharma
(virtue), artha (Wealth) and kama (enjoyment, desires ) will be
waiting for their time.
जय  जय जय देव देव देव
त्रिभुवनमंगल दिव्यनामधेय।
जय  जय जय बालकृष्ण देव
श्रवणमनोनयनावतार ॥१०८॥
Victory
to you O God of the gods of gods whose 
divine names bring all that is good to the people of the three worlds.
Victory to God, child Krishna,  whose
incarnation is sweet to the ears, minds and eyes (of people of the three
worlds).
तुभ्यं निर्भरहर्षवर्षविवशावेशस्फुटाविर्भव-
च्छापल्येन विभूषितेषु सुकृतां भावेषु निर्भासते
श्रीमत्गोकुलमण्डनाय महते वाचां विदूरस्फुर-
न्माधुर्यैकरसार्णवाय महसे कस्मैचिदस्मै
नमः ॥१०९॥
Prostrations
to you who shines in the minds of those who are adorned with playfulness
arising out of a shower of abundance of joy, who is the adornment of the
beautiful Gokula,  whose greatness
is incapable of being described in words and who is the sea of the very essence
of pure sweetness alone.
 
ईशानदेवचरणाभरणेन नील-
दामोदरस्थिरयशःस्तबकोद्गमेन।
लीलाशुकेन रचितं तव देव! कृष्ण-
कर्णामृतं वहतु कल्पशतान्तरेऽपि ॥११०॥
Lila Suka who
considers the lotus feet of Lord Shiva as his adornment and

who desired to sing praises of the fame of Krishna and
his exploits 







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