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.
and went out (to complain) to his mother.
But she was dumbfounded to see Krishna tied to a mortar there also.
child Krishna was moving on his knees on the gem-studded floor. He saw
his lotus face reflected in the floor and wanted to catch it with his hands. Frustrated
in this effort, he started crying looking at his mother’s face.
by Krishna, the slayer of Mura, who lifted up the Govardhan mountain and who
was seen by Yasoda with joy, by the milkmaids with passionate love, by Indra
with circumspection, by the siddhas with flowers, by Mother Earth with
anxiety, by the cowherd boys with envy, by the city folk with compassion and by
ordinary people with a smile.
the cave of the heart. As for us, we would prefer to immerse ourself in the sea
of nectar which is nothing but the stories of the childish pranks of the son of
Vraja) was so much engrossed in thinking about the lotus feet of Krishna that
instead of calling out “milk, curd etc”
she called out “Govinda ! Damodara! Madhava!”
name Murari (Krishna) could be chained
to only three things (pegs), namely, mortar
(used for pounding grain), hearts of saints or budding breasts of
meditate on the child Mukunda (Krishna), who puts his lotus feet into his lotus
mouth by his lotus hands lying on a leaf of the banyan tree.
to you, please sit down here “. “O
Brahma! Come here to the left”. “O Subrahmanya! Are you OK?” “O Indra! Are you
well?” “O Kubera! You are not seen nowadays”.
Hearing these words of Krishna who was sleeping Yasoda says to Krishna “
O boy! What is this prattle of yours?” and chanted “dhoo dhoo” to ward off evil
spirits. May that “dhoo dhoo” of Yasoda protect us.
between Yashoda and Krishna]
is dark now and asking Yasoda to give him milk, starts pulling at his mother’s
upper garment. May that playful Krishna nurture
us (through life). .
drink this milk mixed with karpoor so that your hair will grow”. Hearing these words of Yashoda and taking
them at face value, Krishna drinks half the cup of milk and touching his hair
feels happy (believing it has grown).
May that Krishna save us (from this samsara)
reported to Yashoda that Krishna had eaten mud.
Yashoda asked Krishna to open his mouth. There she sees the whole of the
cosmos and is terrified, thinking it is the result of indigestion because of
evil eye cast by someone]
the accumulation of the butter eaten by Krishna, Earth is the accumulation of
earth (mud) eaten by him , the milky ocean is the accumulation of milk drunk by
Krishna. All this is seen by Yasoda in
the open mouth of Krishna who is sporting a smile on his face. Yasoda fearing
suffering from indigestion and someone’s evil eye has affected him, starts
warding off the evil saying “ Dhoo, Dhoo, Long live the child”. May that
Krishna protect us.
be protected by the shine of the milk-drenched white teeth of Krishna who
drinks his mother’s milk alternately from her right and left breasts . He wipes
off with his hand a drop of milk that just then oozed out of the breast (from
which he was not drinking at the moment). Yasoda fondles him by keeping one
finger on the lips of his smiling face with drops of milk scattered on it May that radiance from his teeth protect us.
was wearing, one her high breasts a necklace
of pearls in which was reflected the dark blue form of Krishna as of a sapphire
gem. Lakshmi, noticing this, feigns shyness and slightly lowers her face
so that she could continue to see that reflection of Krishna and be happy. May that happiness of Lakshmi make you all
today he ate mud out of
his own wish.
It is a lie, please see my mouth.
whole world inside the mouth of Krishna and was astounded beyond measure. May that Keshava protect us.
twenty seven wives, all of them stars.
Therefore Swati is a co-wife of Rohini another star. Swati is considered the mother of pearls since pearls are formed
in the clam when the star swati rises. Rohini is also the mother of
Balaram. Rohini gave birth to a blue gem
(Krishna) as she was envious of Swati. [ The poet says that Rohini gave birth
to Krishna since Rohini considered
herself as the mother of Krishna also.
In fact Yasoda also was not Krishna’s mother, Devaki was]
pretty to look at and dancing, in the
gem-studded pillar. Taking the
reflection also to be real Krishna, she split the blob of butter into two so
that she could give one part to each of them
(Krishna and his reflection)
you Krishna live for a hundred hundred
years. “ Saying thus Yashoda was looking
at the face of Krishna for a long time.
We meditate on that beautiful face of Krishna.
latter tasted their lips. When embraced
by them as child, he caressed their
necks till they were red. When seated on their laps he touched those body parts
which are usually covered in shyness. May that rogue of a child rid us of all
torment me separated as I am from Janaki; this
cruel breeze from the Kadamba trees is pounding my vital organs “
, recalling his previous incarnation.
Hearing these words Radha is jealous and is suspicious. May that sleeping Krishna bestow happiness on
such drinking. Do not embrace me, your embrace crushed two big arjuna trees.
Do not leave your nail marks on me, Hiranyakashipu was killed by your
nails” – Thus spoke Lakshmi in humour, thwarting
the love sport of Hari.
sleep by narrating the story of Sriram:
was in Panchavati to honour the words of his father
bow, bow, bow” with anger in his words.
lifted the hill with the tip of your hand.
Though of dark complexion, you are the Light dispelling dense
darkness. Though brave, you are
controlled by the eyes of Radha. Though a paramour, you destroy the cycle of
births and deaths. From where are you (in whom so many contradictions exist)?
prostrations to the son of Nandagopa who is a child with a dark blue
complexion, who steals fresh butter, whose hips are pretty wearing a new jingling chain, who is in his birthday suit
and who is adorned with an ornament with tiger’s nail.
naked bestow happiness on us; Krishna
who has payasa (pudding made of
cereal, milk and sugar) on his right palm, a blob of butter, white as the
autumn moon, on his left palm and a bright ornament of tiger’s nail around his
salute Hari ( Krishna) who wears bracelets on his wrists as ornament,
who walks all over the courtyard making ‘kinikini’ sound from the bells
tied to his ornamental waistband and ‘kunukunu’ sound from the anklets
on his legs.