(1) S'rî Brahmâ said: 'My praise for You, o Son of the Cowherd King, o worshipable Lord whose beauty we may see in the form of a body, a resplendent face and soft feet as dark as a raincloud, clothes as bright as lightening, guñjâ [seed] ornaments [at Your ears], peacock feathers, a garland of forest flowers, a morsel of food [see 10.13: 14], a rod, a bugle and a flute. (2) O Godhead so of mercy with me, even with directly before me indeed this body of Yours, that to the desire of Your devotees has manifested but at the other hand is not a product of matter at all, am I, Brahmâ, with my inward mind not able to fathom Your greatness, not even mentioning the experience of Your soul of happiness. (3) Invincible as You are You nevertheless give Yourselves won to those in the three worlds who regularly exercising their body, words and mind, in keeping their material positions, are eager to hear about the topics relating to You the way they are described by the truthful, the truthful who, living simply, offer their obeisances, no longer trying to accomplish something in the field of spiritual knowledge. (4) The path of bhakti so highly beneficial, that is rejected by those, o Almighty Lord, who struggle exclusively for the achievement of knowledge, means nothing but trouble to them, just as empty husks are nothing but a hindrance to the ones threshing. (5) Long before now, o Greatest, was there in this world many a yoga adept who, dedicating all his actions to You, came to understand what is achieved by one's specific duties; it is indeed so that one by devotional service in the cultivation of the hearing and singing with ease may achieve Your Supreme Destination o Infallible One! [see also 7.5: 23-24] (6) Nevertheless, o Complete of Existence, is only he able to understand the potency of You as being without material qualities [nirguna] who is spotless with a mind and senses free from agitations and who, following Your love as someone with no other instruction for himself, verily is unattached to this or that form; and not otherwise. (7) In time might great scientists succeed in counting all the particles there are in the universe of the earth, the sky, the snow and the light of the stars, but who would be able to count the qualities of You, the Self of All Qualities [gunâtma], who descended for the benefit of all beings? [compare 8.5: 6] (8) Earnestly hoping for Your compassion and enduring the things inevitably resulting from one's fruitive actions, will therefore anyone, who offers You with his heart, words and body his obeisances, lead a life directed at the position of liberation, because one is then a candidate for the mercy [see also 1.5: 17, 1.19: 32, 2.1: 12, 3.33: 6, 4.20: 11, 4.29: 38 etc.]. (9) Just see, o Controller, how I so contemptible with You, the Unlimited, Primeval Supersoul, just to see the might of You, the Deluder of All Deluders, have expanded my illusory power; was the extent of what I desired indeed not just like a spark relative to the fire? (10) Therefore, o Infallible One, my excuses, I, born from passion, indeed am an ignoramus who, not having started a new life, haughtily thought himself to be an independent authority; my eyes were blinded by the darkness of ignorance - does someone like me, in the acceptance of You as his master, not deserve Your mercy? (11) What am I with my material nature, those seven measures of this body of the totality of matter, the false ego, ether, air, fire, water and earth, that surrounds me like a pot? What is this compared to the Unlimited Universes that like atomic dust move from the openings and pores of Your body, Your greatness [see also 1. 3: 3 and 3: 11]? (12) O Lord from the Beyond, does the mother count it as an offense when a child kicks its legs within the womb - what all that is labeled with designations as 'existent' or 'nonexistent' would there actually be outside of Your abdomen? (13) For certain are the words indeed not untrue that state that Brahmâ, the 'selfborn' [aja *5], with the three worlds at their end in the oceans of water of the deluge, appeared from the lotus stem which grew from the abdomen of Nârâyana; have I not emanated from You? [see 3.8] (14) Are You not Nârâyana the Soul of all living beings? You are the Teacher Within the Heart, the Witness of all Worlds, the Nârâ-yana: the part [or lead] of God relating to man, that source from which the waters originated - that is what You truly are and not so much Your specific form [mâyâ]. (15) If that transcendental body of You sheltering the entire universe is situated upon the water, why then was it not seen by me o Supreme Lord or why were You, when You were not properly seen by me in the heart, at the other hand then suddenly again to be seen [see 3.8: 22]? (16) In this incarnation indeed do You by Your power over the bewildering material energy scare away the illusion of this entire, created universe that is externally visible and is also there within Your abdomen, the way You factually have demonstrated it to Your mother [by opening Your mouth see 10.7: 35-36 & 10.8: 37-39]. (17) The way one sees the cosmic complete here manifested externally, could this all, including Yourself, be seen inside of You; this could only happen because of the influence of Your inconceivable potency! (18) Have You not just today shown me how, except for Yourselves, this all is based upon Your bewildering potency? First were You there all alone and then You became all of Vraja's boys and calves, You next even became a same number of four-handed ones that together with me were served by all and then You became an equal number of universes [10.13: 53]; and now are You again the One Infinite Absolute Truth without a second... (19) To those unaware of Your position understanding it the material way do You, by Yourself expanding Your mâyâ, appear for the matters of creation as Me, as Yourself for the purpose of maintenance and as the Three-eyed One [Lord S'iva] in the end. (20) Among the enlightened and the seers, o Controller, as well indeed among the human beings, the animals and the aquatics also, do You, who are factually unborn, o Master, o Creator, take birth to be of mercy with the truthful and to chastise the untruthful who are blinded by illusion [see also B.G. 4: 8]. (21) Who, o Greatest Supreme Lord, o Supersoul and Controller of Yoga, knows where, how, how many or when in the three worlds the pastimes of Your Lordship, the play of Your spiritual energy [yoga-mâyâ] thus is expanding? (22) Therefore is this cosmic complete, being untrue [asat, temporary] in its form, just like a dream wherein the awareness is covered by all kinds of miseries; while one within Yourself may find Your unlimited forms of consciousness, eternity and happiness, have we [outside of that] the bewildering energy presenting itself as if it were true [sat, permanent, see also B.G. 2: 16 and **]. (23) The One Soul You are, the Original Personality, the Oldest, the Truth, the Light from Within without a beginning and an end, the eternally undiminishing, unimpeded happiness free from impurities, the unceasing Complete Without a Second which defies all description. (24) You as such described indeed are the very Soul of all souls, so may envision those who received from the radiating spiritual master the perfect vision of the confidential philosophy; it is they who easily cross over the ocean of an untrue worldly existence. (25) With those who do not understand You indeed as being the Supreme Soul, arises just because of that a totally material life which by means of spiritual knowledge then again disappears, just like with a rope [its appearance as] a snake its body appears and disappears. (26) Designations of being bound to matter or being liberated, rise from not knowing, actually are the two not separate [but the same in the sense of being bound to that what is not an illusion] when one, like with days and nights before the sun, properly distinguishes according the true knowledge of the pure, transcendental, spirit soul of which the awareness is unimpeded [as-it-is, free from mâyâ]. (27) Oh, how ignorant is the foolishness of persons who think of You, the Original Soul, as being something else and indeed of the Self as something to be looked for [as someone present] in the outside world! [see B.G. 18: 16] (28) The truthful, from the inside rejecting what is not 'that' [see neti neti 7.7: 23], are indeed looking for You, o Unlimited One; would even a man of truth, caught in the unreal of the 'snake' which is always so near to him, [directly] be able to appreciate the real of the 'rope'? [see also 10.6: 8, and B.G. 18: 37] (29) Therefore is it so my Lord that one, being granted but a trace of the mercy of Your lotusfeet, in fact knows the sure truth of the greatness of the Supreme Personality, but that is not true for anyone else, however long he might speculate. (30) May it therefore be so o Master, that, in this birth, a next one indeed or even one we rather not think about, there is that greatest fortune by which I, in becoming just one of Your devotees, are fully of service at the lotus buds of Your feet? (31) How fortunate Vraja, the cows and the gopîs are from whom You, to Your full satisfaction, have been drinking the nectarine breast milk in the form of the calves and boys, o Almighty Lord, whose satiation as yet by no vedic sacrifice could be equaled. (32) What a happiness, o what a fortune for Nanda and the gopas and the other inhabitants of Vraja, to have as their friend the Supreme Abode of Bliss, the Complete, Absolute and Eternal Truth. (33) And however great the good of their fortune all might be, o Infallible One, we, the eleven [***], S'iva and all other gods indeed, o Wonder, are as fortunate as to drink again and again by the cups of the senses of these devotees the nectarean, intoxicating honey of Your Lotusfeet. (34) Irrespective the birth I would have here in this forest [as this or that animal or plant] would bring me that greatest fortune, merely by bathing in the dust of the feet of any of them whose life truly is completely of the Supreme Lord Mukunda His feet, the feet of which the dust even today is sought by the S'rutis [the Vedas]. (35) What but Yourselves, the source of all benedictions indeed, o Godhead, would You grant as a reward to these members of the cowherd community whose homes, wealth, friends, dear ones, bodies, children, life-air and minds are all dedicated to You - our mind thinking of anything else falls in illusion, for You even made it undubitably so that Pûtanâ who dressed up as a truthful one and also her family members [Bakâ and Agha] could reach You, o divine personality. (36) As long as people are not Yours Krishna, are the attachments and such all thieves, is the home a prison and is the infatuation as a set of shackles to their feet. (37) Even though You're completely transcendental do You mimic on this earth that what is material, o Master, in order to teach the people of surrender about Your different types of spiritual happiness. (38) There are people who derive their certainty from the use of many words - let them, but of what use is that to us, o my Lord, for Your opulence is found beyond the range of my body, mind and words [see B.G. 2: 42-44]! (39) Permit me to leave o Krishna, You know everything, You see all, You alone are the master of all universes, I put this universe at Your disposal. (40) S'rî Krishna, the lotus of the Vrishni-dynasty You lend the happiness; of the seas of the earth, the demigods, the brahmins and the animals are You the cause of their development; when there is a lack of righteousness do You dispel the darkness; of the ogres on earth are You the opponent; for as long as the sun shines, till the end of time, do I, o worshipable Lord Supreme, offer You my obeisances.'
(41) S'rî S'uka said: 'Thus having extolled the Wealth of the World desired the creator of the universe it, with circumambulating Him three times and bowing down to His feet, to return to his abode. (42) The Supreme Lord gave the one who had originated from Him His permission, and then brought the calves from where they had been back to the riverbank where, just as it was before, His friends were all present. (43) Although one year had passed and they, without the Lord of their lives, had been covered by Krishna's mâyâ, was it to the boys but half a moment, o King. (44) What, o what do persons under the spell of mâyâ not forget in this world; for that reason being deluded in their consciousness does no one in this world understand himself. (45) The friends said to Krishna: 'You have returned quickly, we didn't even eat a single bite more, please come here and nicely take Your meal.' (46) Then, smiling, took the Lord of the senses His meal with the cowherd boys whom He, as they from the forest returned home to Vraja, showed the skin of the python Aghâsura [see 10.12]. (47) With the boys loudly playing together the bamboo flute and the horn beautifully and singing His purifying glories, called He, with His body decorated with a peacock feather and with flowers and colors from the forest, out for the calves while He with His comrades entered the pasture grounds [near Gokula]; it offered the gopîs a feast to their eyes. (48) 'Today has He, the son of Yas'odâ and Nanda, freed us from the great snake by killing it', so sang the boys in Vraja.'
(49) The king said: 'Please explain, o brahmin, how could there be so much unprecedented love for the child of someone else that Krishna was, exceeding even the love [the gopas and gopîs had] for their own offspring?'
(50) S'rî S'uka said: 'For each living being is in truth, o ruler of man, one's own self the dearmost, the love for others, children, wealth and so on are all based on that. (51) Therefore o best of kings, is the love of embodied beings self-centered and unequal to the love for that which belongs to them like sons, wealth, homes and so forth. (52) To those persons who factually speak of the body as being themselves [see also ahankâra], o best of kings, is the body just as dear and is thus for sure what is related to it not as dear. [see also B.G. 2: 71] (53) If the body [though] figures as a thing possessed will it as a consequence not be as dear as the soul, for when it grows old remains the desire to stay alive equally strong. (54) Therefore is for all embodied beings [the self of] one's own soul indeed the most dear, in constituting the factual purpose of existence for the entire universe of the moving and not moving entities. (55) In this you should know Krishna as being the Complete of the Soul of the living beings who, by His own potency appearing as a human being, is here for the benefit of the entire universe. (56) Those who in this world know Krishna as He really is understand the stationary and moving as being forms of the Supreme Lord, the complete, the essence outside of which nothing at all is found here [compare B.G. 7: 26]. (57) The Supreme Lord constitutes for all entities indeed the reason to be, from Him they have their stability; whatever thing could exist separate from Krishna? (58) For those who have taken to the shelter of the lotus buds of the feet that are like a boat, the feet that for the greatest even are the refuge of the supreme piety famed for opposing Mura [the demon], constitute these feet the Supreme Abode [of Vaikunthha] where none of the material miseries are found and is with them, with every step taken, the ocean of material existence [not more than the water in] a calf's hoof-print [compare 10.1: 5-7 and 10.2: 30].
(59) All you've been asking for concerning that what the Lord did in His fifth year and was declared at His sixth, I have now described to you. (60) The person who hears or sings these pastimes of Lord Murâri annihilating Agha, how He with His friends was taking lunch in an open spot in the forest, and about the other-worldly [multiple-Vishnu]-form He assumed with the selfborn one who so elaborately offers his prayers, will attain the all-inclusive of his interests [spiritual perfection].' (61) *4