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.
know when it can celebrate seeing Krishna the cowherd boy with the Srivatsa
mark on his chest.
in our mind Krishna who is full of sweetness,
who has captivating beauty, whose moon-like face is lit up by a soft
smile and who is desired by the eyes of the denizens of all the three worlds.
on your lotus-like face, from which proceeds the sweet melodies of your flute
dripping drops of nectar and which is the battle ground for the bees which are
the waves of sidelong glances from the gopis of Vraja
surrounded by the beauties of Vraja who
are saturated with the waves of radiance from its slightly reddish wide eyes
and who are full of sport mixed with sweet music from its flute.
has a moon-like face lit up with a smile and adorned with drops of sweat and
its pretty soft walks on its lotus-like feet are of bewitching beauty.
beauty of childhood with its natural softness, company of maiden whose glances
from the corners of their eyes speak of love, peacock feathers on the crown and
innocence on the sweet face beautiful as a lotus
use is the beauty of this forest? Look
at Krishna who plays the flute with his pretty red lips, who has a sweet lotus-like
face and an emerging youthfulness the radiance of which is beyond words.
abundant punya (meritorious deeds), the new form (incarnation ) of the
primeval Purusha which is
bewitching by its out of the ordinary brilliance and which attracts the
lotus-eyes of the gopis of Vraja.
(with eight body parts touching the earth) before all the gods in heaven with
intense feeling I pray for only one
thing – ‘May I have loving devotion to the fruit of Nanda’s meritorious deeds
(Krishna) whose sweet face resembling the full moon is lit up by a beautiful
years of a man’s life are really to be counted wherein the life-events and exploits of the dark-blue child Krishna
divine glances drenched in mercy, beautiful lotus-like face, smile drenched in sweetness, abiding in the
hearts of devotees and delighting to the
eyes of cowherd belles- we worship this effulgence which is attractive to the whole world.
with lotus-eyes and that dust of the feet of cowherd women – may the pair of
these two arise in my mind even when it is deluded.
the milkmaids, appear before me in his
dandyish outfit slowly playing the flute within reach of my ears.
effulgence which is nothing but bliss, which is beyond words, which is the perfume for the breasts of
cowherd belles and which is an incomparable medicine to the mind.
births let all my senses and the mind revel in that effulgence which is
adornment of the whole world, which is the repository of all beauty, which has
wide lotus-like eyes and which is nectar to the eyes of the beauties of Vraja
form, to which the sages offer worship,
whose eyes are captivated by the breasts and hips of the milkmaids who adore
it, which is the ultimate object of praise for the Vedas whose words come with
those who, with an unwavering mind, experience the sweetness of the beautiful
form of Lord Krishna. May those of us
who chant his names
Deva!, Krishna!, Darling!’ etc also experience the same happiness.
eyes, taking the form of a child for the eyes of the cowherd women and who is
the dark blue
moon from the new sea of fame obtained by Yashoda. .
protected by that effulgence which is the source of wealth of
playfullness, which is tolerant towards
the sins of those who prostrate before it,
which abides in the heart of blessed people in his child-like form
meditated upon by those who have earned enough punya.
made happy by that Lord who is the consort of Goddess Lakshmi, whose beautiful
smile tinged with compassion mocks the pride of nectar on its own sweetness and
and who is delight to the eyes of the belles of Vraja
hearts; effulgence which is at home at the bosom of gopis, which
has an ever new sprouting smile and which is the never-tiring rain of nectar of
bliss to the eyes.
musk mixed with a liquid of red stones from the valley of the mountain and
which is also smeared with the sandal paste from the breasts of cowherd belles
by the child-like form of the slayer of Madhu (Krishna), which is the very acme of sweetness, which
has sprouted, from its very roots, tender leaves of playfulness, which drenches
the whole world by its sidelong glances, which has taken on the guise of a cowherd
and which has a soft and sweet moon-like face.
lotus like feet of Lord Vishnu with its tinkling sound in Vraja from the
gem-studded anklets just like a lotus in the pond blessed by Lakshmi and filled
with the musical sound of swans.
the refuge of those who do not find refuge elsewhere, which has eyes as
beautiful as the lotus flower in autumn, which is beautiful to behold in the most sweet
dark blue complexion and which is surrounded by the lovelorn damsels of Vraja with
their smiling lotus-faces.
be protected by that incarnation of the all powerful Lord, which is of
blameless beauty, which has a divine body of clearly visible effulgence and fragrance,
with childhood taken over by youth which is not yet fully manifest and which
has been instructed in taking care of cows and calves.