translations in English are by the disciples of His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as given in the “Srimad Bhagavatam” published by
the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust]
forest was filled with transparent autumnal waters and cooled by breezes
perfumed with the fragrance of lotus flowers growing in the clear lakes. The infallible Lord, accompanied by His cows
and cowherd boyfriends, entered that Vrindavana forest.
resounded with the sounds of maddened bees and flocks of birds moving about the
flowering trees. In the company of the
cowherd boys and Balarama, Madhupati [Sri Krishna] entered that forest, and
while herding the cows He began to vibrate His flute.
village of Vraja heard the song of Krishna’s flute, which arouses the influence
of Cupid, some of them privately began describing Krishna’s qualities to their
Krishna, but when they remembered His activities, O King, the power of Cupid
disturbed their minds, and thus they could not speak.
His head, blue karnikara flowers on His ears, a yellow garment as
brilliant as gold, and the Vaijayanti garland, Lord Krishna exhibited His
transcendental form as the greatest of dancers as He entered the forest of
Vrindavana, beautifying it with the marks of His footprints. He filled the holes of His flute with the
nectar of His lips, and the cowherd boys sang His glories.
सर्वा वर्णयन्त्योऽभिरेभिरे ॥६॥
heard the sound of Krishna’s flute, which captivates the minds of all living
beings, they all embraced one another and began describing it.
न परं विदामः
eyes that see the beautiful faces of the sons of Maharaja Nanda are certainly
fortunate. As these two sons enter the
forest, surrounded by Their friends, driving the cows before Them, They hold
Their flutes to Their mouths and glance lovingly upon the residents of
Vrindavana. For those who have eyes, we
think there is no greater object of vision.
upon which Their garlands rest, and decorating Themselves with peacock
feathers, lotuses, lilies, newly grown mango sprouts and clusters of flower
buds, Krishna and Balarama shine forth magnificently among the assembly of
cowherd boys. They look just like the
best of dancers appearing on a dramatic stage, and sometimes They sing.
performed to enjoy the nectar of Krishna’s lips independently and leave only a
taste for us gopis, for whom that nectar is actually meant! The forefathers of the flute, the bamboo
trees, shed tears of pleasure. His
mother, the river on whose bank the bamboo was born, feels jubilation, and
therefore her blooming lotus flowers are standing like hair on her body.
glory of the earth, having obtained the treasure of the lotus feet of Krishna,
the son of Devaki. The peacocks dance
madly when they hear Govinda’s flute, and when other creatures see them from
the hilltops, they all become stunned.
they have approached Maharaja Nanda’s son, who is gorgeously dressed and is
playing on His flute. Indeed, both The doe and the bucks worship the Lord with
looks of love and affection.
festival for all women. Indeed, when the demigods’ wives flying in airplanes
with their husbands catch sight of Him and hear His resonant flute-song, their
hearts are shaken by Cupid, and they become so bewildered that the flowers fall
out of their hair and their belts loosen.
कवलाः स्म तस्थु-
cows are drinking the nectar of the flute-song flowing out of Krishna’s
mouth. The calves, their mouths full of
milk from their mothers’ moist nipples, stand still as they take Govinda within
themselves through their tear-filled eyes and embrace Him within their hearts.
have risen onto the beautiful branches of the trees to see Krishna. With closed eyes they are simply listening in
silence to the sweet vibrations of His flute, and they are not attracted by any
other sound. Surely these birds are on
the same level as great sages.
Krishna, their minds begin to desire Him, and thus the flow of their currents
is broken and their waters are agitated, moving around in whirlpools. Then with the arms of their waves the rivers
embrace Murari’s lotus feet and, holding on to them, present offerings of lotus
boys, Lord Krishna is continually vibrating His flute as He herds all the
animals of Vraja, even under the full heat of the summer sun. Seeing this, the cloud in the sky has
expanded himself out of love. He is rising high constructing out of his
own body, with its multitude of flower-like droplets of water, an umbrella for
the sake of his friend.
become disturbed by lust when they see the grass marked with reddish kunkuma
powder. Endowed with the colour of
Krishna’s lotus feet, this powder originally decorated the breasts of His beloveds,
and when the aborigine women smear it on their faces and breasts, they give up
all their anxiety.
is the best! O my friends, this hill
supplies Krishna and Balarama, along with Their calves, cows and cowherd
friends, with all kinds of necessities- water for drinking, very soft grass,
caves, fruits, flowers and vegetables.
In this way the hill offers respects to the Lord. Being touched by the lotus feet of Krishna
and Balarama, Govardhana Hill appears very jubilant.
pass through the forest with Their cowherd friends, leading Their cows, They
carry ropes to bind the cows’ rear legs at the time of milking. When Lord Krishna plays on His flute, the
sweet music causes the moving living entities to become stunned and the
nonmoving trees to tremble with ecstasy.
These things are certainly very wonderful.
pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead as He wandered about in the
Vrindavana forest, the gopis became fully absorbed in thoughts of