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.
grant us our wishes; Krishna whose pretty body, nurtured by drinking milk, is
as smooth as freshly prepared butter and is smeared all over with drops of
curd, which destroys the suffering of the three worlds, which is dark blue as
the tapinjha flowers and is adorned with the fresh plumes of peacock.
यां द्रष्टुमुत्कण्ठते ।
कालियशासनस्य वपुषः सा पावनी पातु नः॥२.२॥
cows who, thinking that it is the river Yamuna (which is also dark) enter it
urged by thirst. The peacocks think that it is a dark cloud and are raring to
see it. The milkmaids think it is the
tender leaf of the tamala tree and
plucks it to adorn their hair. May that purifying luster of the discipliner of
Kaliya (Krishna) protect us.
पायात् पयसि विमले यामुने मज्जतीनां
(Krishna) protect us who is worshipped by the eye-flowers of the milkmaids
whose robes had been taken away while they were bathing in the pure waters of
the Yamuna and, embarrassed and stricken by love, they were persuading and
entreating him to give back their clothes.
We have been making you dance ( composing verses of praise) before
wicked kings just for the sake of filling our stomachs. Now we have understood that it is not proper
and we should not do it any more. You
are very affectionate and by nature you
are very simple. Please forgive us. We shall atone for this misbehavior by
praising the qualities of Lord Vishnu incarnated in the guise of a gopa
वारं वदनमरुता वेणुमापूरयन्तं।
son of Nandagopa (Krishna), who created
history for Vrindavana, who alternately opens and closes the holes in his flute
with his fingertips the nails of which radiate rays of red colour, who again
and again fills the flute with the air from his mouth, whose posture is with
his legs crossed and whose eyes are wide resembling the petals a of blooming
tongue! Chant the names of Krishna who slowly
and slowly fills his flute with sweet melodies, who grazes the herd of cows in
Vrindavan, who strolls in the Upanishads (i.e. he is talked about in the
Upanishads), who kills the demons who put obstacles in the sacrifices performed
by Indra and who rests in the arms of
the gopis of Vridavan.
majestic hands resembling pillars of emerald, wearing garlands of fresh tulsi
leaves and his complexion dark as the clouds. His hair was adorned with peacock
plumes dark as the cloud and he was wearing bright yellow robes which gave the
impression that he was enveloped by streaks of lightning.
innocent gopi, saying it was no use making requests, started
pulling the clothes from the hands of Krishna’s shadow reflected in the Yamuna,
with her brows arched and a smile on her
face, overcome by shyness and love.
incarnation take birth on the banks of the Yamuna as a bamboo tree from the
like of which is made Krishna’s flute which experiences the joy of being placed
on the lips of Krishna.
lotus at sunrise, hair prettily done with a garland of peacock plumes, complexion
root of all the Vedas which are like creepers
रहसि कर्णे मद्दशां नन्दसूनोः॥११॥
experienced the sweetness of the breath from the smiling lotus face of Mukunda
(Krishna). I prostrate before you and beg of you this: When you reach near the
jewel like lips of Krishna secretly whisper in the ears of the son of Nanda my
miserable state because of the separation from him.
krishna, child of Nandagopa, dark as the water-laden cloud, interested in
playful activities with the cowherd belles, resting under the celestial
wish-giving tree, wearing clothes bright
as lightning, death to the enemies of the denizens of heaven, playing in the
hearts of the good and saintly people and eulogized by the celestials and
and meditate on some child of a gopa whose lips resemble corals, who revels in
the sweet music from the flute and who has a handsome face soft and pretty as
opening its holes alternately with his fingers, Madhava sings sweetly in the
forests of Vrindavan
whose speech is that of clever thieves, whose eyes are full of fake tears and
whose feet are capable of beautiful dance.
Krishna, the forest fire on the banks of the Yamuna was swallowed in order to
protect all the cowherds. Is he not one
in whom people can seek refuge when they need refuge?
effulgence (Krishna) radiant as the blue gem stone, whose status as the paramour of the gopis
has got the approval of the world and
who can be attained by reflecting and meditating on the thoughts of
Brahma, destroy everything that is not auspicious.
and at the lotus-feet of the beauties of Vraja and is the very acme of all that
is beautiful in this world, may that in the form of Krishna, the young cowherd boy, fulfill all our desires.
before Krishna, son of Vasudeva, who is a little baby, who has a dark blue
radiance like that of the atasi flower, who has only the eight
directions as clothes, who is adorned by golden ornaments, whose hair is
scattered ,whose lips are red and eyes are wide.
Krishna who wanders in Vraja, who is the good fortune of Vasudeva, whose bracelets and anklets in the hands and
feet make sweet tinkling sound, who has
a golden thread tied around his hips and whose hair is tied together by a
string of pearls
of cows, in the concluding portions of Vedas (Upanishads) – on that Brahman I meditate visualising it as playing the
flute, sporting a peacock feather on its head, with lotus-like eyes and
dark-blue complexion of the water-charged clouds.
Krishna, full of compassion and kindness,
with legs crossed, peacock
feather adorning the head, the hole of
the flute placed at the lips and with face slightly tilted to the side, be at my bedside when life is ebbing out of
gopis who complained against the mischief of Krishna who stole fresh butter,
the mother tied him in the stomach with the rope used for churning curd. That knot on the stomach caused much discomfort
to the living beings of the three worlds in his stomach.
shaivites, there is no doubt about it and we do very much chant the panchakshari mantra. In spite of this
our minds always remember the child of
Yashoda with his smiling face and his shining dark blue colour like that of the atasi flower.
her heart completely with Krishna, is churning the curd in the pot unaware that
the pot is empty. Krishna, with his
roving eyes watching the movement of Radha’s breasts while she churns, prepares to milk the cow unaware that what he
had brought for milking was a bull. [Each one’s heart is thinking of the other
completely forgetting what they are doing]