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Krishna's Birth Ceremony and the Meeting of Nanda Mahârâja and Vasudeva

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 Krishna's Birth Ceremony and the Meeting of Nanda Mahârâja and Vasudeva

(1-2) S'rî S'uka said: 'Nanda overjoyed that a son had been born, broad of mind invited the learned conversant with the Veda, cleansed himself with a bath and dressed himself up. To celebrate the birth [in jâtakarma*] had he the mantras chanted and arranged he as well for the worship of the forefathers and demigods as prescribed. (3) To the brahmins he donated countless fully decorated milk-cows and seven mountains of sesame seed, covered with jewels and gold-embroidered cloth. (4) By time, by bathing, by purification ceremonies, by austerity and by worship becomes in charity and contentment all that one has purified, but the soul is purified by selfrealization. (5) Under the constant vibrations of bherîs and dundubhis [drums] uttered the learned, the storytellers, the reciters and the singers words that purified all and everything. (6) All of Vraja was cleaned; all doorsteps, the courtyards and the interiors were washed and a variety of festoons and flags decorated arches with garlands, pieces of cloth and mango-leaves. (7) The cows, bulls and calves were smeared with turmeric-oil and decorated with a variety of mineral colors, peacock feathers, cloth, golden ornaments and flowers. (8) O King, the cowherds [the gopas] gathering were dressed with the most precious ornaments and garments like coats and turbans and took all kinds of gifts with them. (9) The cowherd wives [the gopîs] were also glad to hear of mother Yas'odâ giving birth to a boy and gave personally their best appearing in festive dresses with their eyes made up and wearing jewelry and such. (10) With their most beautiful lotuslike faces and decorations, saffron and fresh kunkum, hurried they with swaying bosoms and hips hither with offerings in their hands. (11) The gopîs wore dazzling jeweled earrings, strings of gold coins around their necks and had their vestments colorful embroidered while on their way towards Nanda's house a shower of flowers fell from their garlands; with the raiment and their swinging bangles, earrings, breasts and garlands were they a feast to the eye. (12) All for long offered blessings to the newborn one like 'pâhi' ['be protected'] and sprinkled with prayers the Unborn Lord with turmeric-oil. (13) With the arrival in Nanda's cow community of Krishna, the Unlimited Controller of the Entire Universe, vibrated a diversity of musical instruments in a great festival. (14) Rejoicing threw the gopas with curds, milk and buttermilk and smeared they one another with the butter. (15-16) To offer his child the best prospects was that noble soul, Nanda, being of the greatest mind towards them as well as towards the storytellers, the reciters, the singers and others who found their livelihood by their education, for the purpose of satisfying Lord Vishnu of worship with whatever they could wish for and use as for clothes, ornaments and cows [see also 7.14: 17]. (17) The greatly fortunate Rohinî [the mother of Baladeva hiding out there, see 10.2: 7] was also made happy by the guardian that was Nanda and was busily going around beautiful with her dress, garland and the decoration of a necklace. (18) O King, from that time on became the cow-lands of Nanda opulent with all riches as they, as the residence of the Lord, by His transcendental qualities had become the place for the pastimes of Ramâ [the Goddess of Fortune, see 8.8: 8].

(19) Nanda, after entrusting the cowherd men the protection of Gokula [the cow-village], went to Mathurâ to pay of his profit his yearly taxes to Kamsa, o best of the Kuru-dynasty. (20) Vasudeva, when he heard that his [younger step-]brother Nanda [**] had left - as he found out in order to pay his tribute to the king - went to where he stayed. (21) Seeing him [Vasudeva] so suddenly, he pleased got up as if his body had found new life and overwhelmed by love and affection embraced he his dear friend. (22) With all honors welcomed, asked about his health and assigned a place to sit asked he [Vasudeva], attached as he was, about his own two sons saying the following, o ruler over the world. (23) 'Dear brother Nanda, what a great fortune has befallen you now perchance to have gotten the son for which you, so advanced in age and having none, were so desperately longing. (24) What a great fortune also to have you today here, it is like a rebirth; it is so very hard, despite of being around in this world of birth and death, to meet one's beloved once again! (25) Like things afloat in a river carried away by the force of the waves do we, intimately living together, not remain in one place diverging in our karmic ways. (26) Is everything okay with your cow-business, is there enough water, grass, plants and all of that in the great forest where you are living now with your friends? (27) O brother, does my son, living with His mother in your house, consider you His father and is He sweet under the care of you both? (28) The three enjoined aims of life of a person [of regulated lusts, income and rituals] find their meaning and effect in one's being together, but that is not so if that togetherness has become difficult, then they run futile.'

(29) S'rî Nanda said: 'How regrettable it is that the many sons you had with Devakî were killed by Kamsa and that also the one remaining child, the youngest, a daughter has gone to heaven. (30) From the One Unseen find all things their fulfillment, the Unseen One is the ultimate for each alive; that destiny is one's ultimate truth and he who knows that will not get bewildered.'

(31) S'rî Vasudeva said: 'Now you've paid the king his yearly taxes and we have met, should the both of us not stay here in this place for long, something might have happened in Gokula!'

(32) S'rî S'uka said: 'With that advise excusing himself yoked Nanda and his companions their oxen to their bullock-carts and left they for Gokula.'

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SOURCE: Translation: Anand Aadhar Prabhu, http://bhagavata.org/

Production: the Filognostic Association of The Order of Time, with special thanks to Sakhya Devi Dasi for proofreading and correcting the manuscript. http://theorderoftime.com/info/guests-friends.html

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