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Uddhava Spends the Night in Gokula Talking with Nanda

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 Uddhava Spends the Night in Gokula Talking with Nanda

(1) S'rî S'uka said: 'The best adviser to the Vrishnis was Krishna's beloved friend Uddhava [see also 3.2], a direct disciple of Brihaspati of the finest intelligence. (2) To him, His dearmost, unique devotee spoke some day the Supreme Lord Hari, who removes the distress of the surrendered, taking his hand into His. (3) 'Please Uddhava, o gentle one, go for the satisfaction of My parents to Vraja and relieve, by carrying My messages, the gopîs from the mental pain of being separated from Me. (4) They absorbed in Me, with their minds fixed on Me, made Me the purpose of their lives abandoning everything physical [of husband, home and children, see 10.29: 4]. Understanding those who for My sake left behind this world and its moral obligations, I sustain them who have Me alone as their beloved and dearmost Self. (5) The women of Gokula remembering Me, their dearest object of love being far away, My best, become stunned being overwhelmed by the anxiety of separation [see also B.G. 2: 62-64]. (6) The cowherd women fully dedicated to Me, with My promises to return do with great difficulty hold on, somehow keeping their lives going.'

(7) S'rî S'uka said: 'With Him thus having spoken o King, accepted Uddhava respectfully the message of his Sustainer, mounted he his chariot and set he off to the cowherd village of Nanda. (8) Just as the sun was setting reached the fortunate one Nanda's pastures, passing unnoticed because of the dust of the hooves of the animals that were coming home. (9-13) With the sounds of the bulls in rut fighting one another for the fertile ones, with the cows with filled udders running after their own calves, with the beauty of the white calves capering here and there and with the milking and the loud reverberation of flutes, were the finely ornamented gopîs and gopas, auspiciously singing about the deeds of Balarâma and Krishna, resplendent. It all was most attractive with the homes of the gopas filled with incense, lamps and flowergarlands for the worship of the fire, the sun, the guests, the cows, the brahmins, the forefathers and the gods [see also 10.24: 25 ]. The forest on all sides flowering echoed of the swarms of bees, singing birds and the kârandava ducks and the swans crowding around the adorning bowers of lotuses. (14) With him having arrived approached Nanda the dear follower of Krishna and embraced he him happy to be of reverence with Lord Vâsudeva in his mind. (15) Having him fed with the finest food, comfortably seated on a nice sofa to be relieved of the fatigue and with his feet massaged and so on, inquired he: (16) 'O dear and most fortunate one, does our friend the son of S'ûra [Vasudeva] who is so devoted to his well-wishers, fare well now that he is released and has joined with his children? (17) What a luck that the wicked Kamsa, who constantly hated the always righteous and saintly Yadus, because of his sins together with his followers has been killed! (18) Is Krishna still thinking of us, His mother, His well-wishers and friends, the gopas of Vraja of whom He is the master, the cows, Vrindâvana forest and the mountain [see 10.24: 25]? (19) Is Govinda coming back to see once more His folk so that we may glance upon His face, His beautiful nose, His nice smile and eyes? (20) By Krishna, that so very great Soul, were we protected against insurmountable mortal dangers like a forest fire, the wind and rain, as also against a bull and a serpent. (21) The memory of Krishna's valorous deeds, playful sidelong glances, smiles and words, my dear, made us all forget our material concerns. (22) With those who see the locations where He played, the rivers, the hills and the different parts of the forest that were decorated by His feet, finds the mind total absorption in Him. (23) I think that Krishna and Râma are, as confirmed by Garga [see 10.8: 12], of the demigods the two most elevated on this planet, present here for a great and holy, divine cause. (24) After all, have Kamsa, who had the strength of ten thousand elephants, the wrestlers and the king of the elephants playfully been killed by the both of Them, as easy as animals are by the lion king. (25) A bow as solid as fifty centimeters thick [three tâlas] was by Him royal as an elephant broken like a stick and for seven days held He with one hand up a mountain! (26) Pralamba, Dhenuka, Arishtha, Trinâvarta, Baka and other demons who had conquered both Sura and Asura were by Them out here killed with ease.'

(27) S'rî S'uka said: 'Nanda thus remembering again and again, fully immersed in Krishna became extremely anxious and fell silent overcome by the force of his pure love. (28) Mother Yas'odâ overhearing the descriptions of her son's activities gave way to her tears while her breasts got wet from her love. (29) Seeing the two of them in this condition of their supreme attraction of love for the Supreme Lord spoke Uddhava ecstatically. (30) S'rî Uddhava said: 'The two of you are for sure, in your having developed a mentality like this for Nârâyana, the spiritual master of all, the most praiseworthy of all embodied beings in this world, o respectful one. (31) These two of Râma and Mukunda, indeed are the seed and the womb of the universe; They are the primeval Male Principle and His Creative Energy who accompany the living beings [confused] in all their diversity with knowledge and control. (32-33) That person who in his life divided within but for a moment immerses his mind [in Him] will at that time immediately eradicate all traces of karmic impurities and will head for the supreme destination in a spiritual form with the color of the sun. With your good selves giving Him, the Great Soul and Self that is the reason of existence of all, giving Him, Nârâyana, the Ultimate Cause in a mortal frame, by all means the utmost purest love, what good deeds then would there remain for you to perform? (34) In not too long a time will Acyuta, [as] the Lord Supreme, the Master and Protector of the Devotees, to give satisfaction to His parents, return to [the full vision within the people of] Vraja. (35) Having killed Kamsa, the enemy of all Yadus, in the arena, [and all other evil in the world...] will Krishna be true to that what He told you of His turning back. (36) Please do not falter o most fortunate ones, you will see Krishna in the near future; He is present within the hearts of all living beings like fire in firewood. (37) In reality there is no one especially dear or not dear to Him, nor does He, free from false pride being of the same respect for all, hold anyone superior or inferior [compare S'rî S'rî S'ikshâshthaka and B.G. 9: 29]. (38) For Him there is no father and no mother, no wife, no children and so forth; no one is related to Him, nor is anyone an outsider and there is no [material] body or birth of Him either [compare 10: 3]. (39) For Him there is no karma in this world to appear in wombs pure or impure or mixed and yet for the sake of pastimes He appears in order to redeem His saintly devotees [see B.G. 3: 22; 4: 7; 13: 22]. (40) Though being beyond the modes called goodness, passion and ignorance accepts He it, being transcendental, to play by the modes, thus is He, as the Unborn One, of creation, maintenance and destruction. (41) Just as in one's vision when one whirls around, the ground seems to be whirling, so too seems, when one thinks of oneself as being the body, the self to be the doer, while it is the mind that is acting [compare B.G. 3: 27]. (42) He is not the son of the two of you alone, He is the Supreme Lord Hari who is the son, the very self, the father ànd the mother; He is the Lord of Control. (43) What is seen or heard, what is in the past, the present or in the future; what is stationary, mobile, large or small can in no way said to be a thing apart from Acyuta; He alone, manifesting as the Supersoul, is everything.'

(44) As Nanda and Krishna's servant were thus speaking ran the night to an end, o King, lighted the women rising from sleep lamps in worship before their deities and began they to churn the butter. (45) In the light of the lamps pulling the ropes, with the rows of bangles on their arms, with their jewels and with their faces red of the kunkum glowing of their earrings and necklaces, shone the women while their hips and breasts were moving. (46) As the women of Vraja with their eyes like lotuses with the reverberation of their loud singing that was mixed with the sounds of churning for the butter were touching the sky, was all inauspiciousness in every direction dispelled. (47) When the supreme master of the sun rose saw the residents of Gokula the golden chariot outside the house of Nanda and wondered they 'To whom does it belong? (48) Maybe Akrûra has come, that agent to the purpose of Kamsa by whom Krishna with His lotus eyes was brought to Mathurâ. (49) Would he then, with his master satisfied, be here to celebrate the death rituals with us?' And while the women were thus speaking came there Uddhava who had finished his morning duties.'

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

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