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.
protected by that god of the worlds, Krishna, who has come down to this world, whose lips are lit by a smile, whose melodies
from the flute are cool, who has roving eyes, whose sidelong glances are
passionate and who is embraced by Lakshmi who abides on his chest.
whose lotus-like eyes grant the desires (of devotees), lotus-like heart is full
of mercy, lotus-like feet are the only wealth of saints and lotus-like face is
the wealth of the belles of Vraja.
the Lord of the inhabitants of Vraja who is the taste which drives away other tastes,
who has incarnated, as it were, to rule
over the Empire of salvation and who is
the repository of deceit less sweetness.
protected by that great effulgence which strolls on the banks of the Yamuna,
which is decked out in attire liked by the ample-bosomed gopis who hold it in a tight embrace and which is worshipped
by the joys of their love sport.
forest, sport in my mind accompanied by the soft melodies of the flute admired by
the celestial damsels.
protected by the Lord of the land of Vraja who is
surrounded by doe-eyed gopis with
slow moving hips and pretty walk and who amuses
both his hands by playing with
the flower arrows in the quiver of the god of Love.
river bed under the shade of a tamala tree, with the river water flowing
in front of him. eats rice mixed with curd from a lotus leaf, holding the flute in his left hand and the
horn on his waist and glancing sideways every now and then.
moon-like faces of gopis, became indivara
flower in full bloom on Lakshmi’s breasts resembling pots of gold and
became the mystic ink for the yogis who were trying to attain Nirvana (Supreme
state of Peace). May that Light shine in my heart.
who is fond of adorning himself with peacock feathers, who has the mark
of srivatsa on his chest, who wears
the kaustubha diamond and silks of
bright yellow, who is beautiful, worshipped by the eye-lotuses of the gopis, surrounded by cows and cowboys, creating
melodies from his flute and fully decked out with gold and diamond ornaments.
protected by that Keshava within the lotus from whose naval Brahma
hovered like a bee, whose chest is the play house of Lakshmi, whose eyes are
the sun and the moon, the celestial river which flows from whose lotus feet
adorns the head of Lord Shiva and the remembrance of whose name washes away all
sins and miseries.
sidelong glances of the belles of Vraja protect you; glances which offer
worship at the feet of Krishna with dark lotus flowers, which are like fish in
the lagoon of his naval, the arrows of the love god in Krishna’s
heart, necklace of blue gem stones
around his neck, honey bees on his face and peacock plumes on his locks
the glances of the gopis as lotus flowers, fish, love god’s arrows, blue
gem stones and honey bees ]
sound of churning of curd. He gets up from sleep and quietly steps into the
houses of milkmaids. He extinguishes the lamps by blowing them out by the air
from his lotus mouth. Then (in the dark)
he swallows the freshly churned butter. May that child Krishna protect all of
just woken up hearing the sound of curd being churned for butter. I visualize
his beautiful lotus-face just after he is awake. I remember his body
without any blemish and beautiful to
behold and his eyes like a lotus in full bloom.
I also remember him as the stealer of butter.
soft as leaf buds, whose cheeks shine
with the red colour of the hallaka flowers
adorning his head, who is sought after by the Vedas and whose fingers are
fragrant by contact with the locks of
hair of the gopis.
by that Krishna, the thought of whose stealing butter removes the sin of
theft, the thought of whose illicit love
removes the sin committed to the guru,
the thought of killing of Ravana removes the sin of murder and the
thought of his drinking Poothana’s milk
removes the sin of drinking liquor.
Love! Do not reside in my mind which is
the abode of only Madhava. The consort
of Lakshmi may come here any moment. Who
will tolerate the trespass of one’s own house?
and with his left hand pressed on the floor.
On his right hand is a blob of butter at which he is looking
intently. I meditate on this beautiful
form of Krishna.
of the cowherd child, Krishna, in the early morning hours visualizing him as
moving on his knees and hands and looking very pretty with his ear globes and
his curly hair.
diamond-studded flute in your hands and sport a peacock feather on your head. I
will then prostrate before you.
fainth on this son of a gopa thinking he is the Lord of the milky ocean and takes care of cows and hoping that we would have uninterrupted supply
of milk. But he did the entirely
opposite thing by which even our mothers’ milk became difficult to get (i.e. we
were released from the cycle of births and deaths).
after forcefully extricating yourself from my hands. That is no wonder. I will recognise your
manliness only if you can get out of my heart.
to safeguard our welfare like a rising Sun for those in the dark, like a boat
to those drowning in the sea, like a cloud
raining tasty water for those who are thirsty and like a physician to those who
suffer chronic diseases.
always on Gopala who holds a smooth bow, scented flower arrows, wheel, lotus,
rope, goad and a golden
flute, who is reddish like saffron, who is prettier than the God of love, who
has an ever smiling face, who is surrounded by gopis, who is the protector of the three worlds and
e who gives boons (to his devotees).
the woods with trees laden with flowers
and the sand banks of Yamuna bathed in moonlight. Krishna is engaged in the rasa dance
with the gopis. His form and glances enthrall the damsels of heaven and earth.
He is surrounded by thousands of passionate gopis full of the nine rasas
(sentiments). I visualize that very handsome
cowherd Krishna who attracts all the three worlds and respectfully salute
from the flute, plays beneath the
Kadamba tree, lives in Brindavan and sits on lotus pose.
worship, at beginning of the day, the birth less child Govinda,
cloud, with a gem studded belt with bells on his hips, who wears around his
neck an ornament with tiger’s nail, who has a face that is like a lotus flower
in full bloom, who killed Poothana,
Trinavartha, Sakatasura and other asuras, who has a
smiling face and is worshipped by Indra and other devas.
Mukunda at noon for wealth; Mukunda who is
worshipped by the celestials, who shines like the kuruvinda
flowers, who has eyes like blue lotus, who is always surrounded
by cows and gopis, who has vanquished hoards of enemies, who smiles with
teeth which are like jasmine buds, who is very pretty being decorated by the
feathers of the peacock, who has pretty hair on his head and who is gorgeous in
his yellow silks.
during evenings on Vasudeva who, by his valour, finished off the horde of enemies,
who is invincible, who reduces the burden of mother earth, who is prayed to by Narada
and other sages for arriving at the nature of
the Absolute Reality, who has an unblemished pure form, who is of
incomparable beauty, who is of dark blue complexion, who is the cause of birth,
upkeep and death of the world and who is the one God who grants salvation to
sugar, arrows made of flowers, the chakra, the lotus, the rope, the goad
and the flute made of gold in his eight hands, who is of the red
colour of the rising sun god and has put on the form of God of love who is a
conversation between Krishna and a gopi where the poet has made use of words which
have more than one meaning]
tapping the door with his fingers.
it is Madhava.
Vasanta? [ Madhava also means vasanta, the season of flowers]
dear, I am chakree (Krishna has chakra as his weapon)
potter ? (chakree also means a potter
who also works with
am dharanidhara (the Lord of Earth)
refers to Adisesha
as he supports the earth on
am the one who subdued Kaliya
Garuda had taken
floored by the Gopi. May that Krishna take care of you all.
Radha, Krishna asked Chandravali,
have you lost your senses,
was Radha seen by you?”
head and smiles. May that Krishna save all of you from everything.
fondness with which he had accepted the offerings of other devotees:
Kunti, the satisfaction you derived on top of the Govardhana hill, the fondness
for the flattened rice offered by Kuchela, for Yashoda’s breast milk, for the
feast spread out by Bharadwaja during the incarnation as Rama, for the fruits
offered by Sabari, for the lips of the Gopis and for the offerings made by the
wives of sages – with the same fondness please accept this as my humble offering.
the accumulation of sins would break
into a hundred pieces like a mountain
struck by the vajrayudha of Indra