Chapter 11: Lord S'rî Krishna's Entrance Into Dvârakâ
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    Welcome, Guest · RSS 2019-07-19, 11:32 AM
    Chapter 11: Lord S'rî Krishna's Entrance Into Dvârakâ
    (1) Sûta said: "Reaching the border of the land of the Ânartas [the land of the ones free from the unwanted, Dvârakâ], He for the arrival in His own prosperous city sounded His conch shell [the Pâñcajanya], which, evidently, ended the dejection of the inhabitants. (2) The brilliant white of the round form of the conch shell, even though it was reddened by the lips of the Great Adventurer, looked, as it was loudly sounded in His hands, like a swan ducking at the stems of lotus flowers. (3) Having heard the sound that is even feared by the fear of a material existence itself, all the citizens rapidly proceeded in the direction of the sound to have an audience with the protector of the devotees they had awaited for so long. (4-5) Thereupon they offered their presentation of welcome to the Self-contented One who by dint of His own potency was their unrelenting provider. It was like offering a lamp to the sun. With cheerful, affectionate faces they ecstatically gave gladdened speeches before the Father, the way friends and protégées do for their guardian.

    They said: 'We have always bowed down to Your lotus feet like one does within the worship of Brahmâ and his sons and the king of heaven, because You, for the one who desires the supreme welfare in this life, are the Master of Transcendence upon whom the inevitable time has no grip. (7) For the sake of our welfare be the Creator of our world and also be our mother, well-wisher, husband, father, Lord and spiritual master. Following in the footsteps of You as our idol and supreme lordship we have succeeded in our lives. (8) Oh how lucky we are to see Your all-auspicious form and enjoy again the protection of Your good Self, because the sight of Your affectionate, loving, smiling face
    even by the demigods is rarely seen. (9) Whenever, oh lotus-eyed One, You leave from here to meet Your friends and relatives among the Kurus [in Hastinâpura] and the people of Mathurâ, oh Infallible One, each moment seems to take a million years and our eyes are as useless as they would be without the sun. (10) How can we, with You being elsewhere, live without the satisfaction of Your glance that vanquishes the miseries of the world; how can we live without seeing your beautiful smiling and decorated, attractive face?'

    With the sound of these words of the citizens in His ears the caretaker of the devotees, He who teaches humanity humaneness by the distribution of His glances, entered the city of Dvârakâ.
    (11) The way the city of Bhogavatî was protected by the Nâgas, Dvârakâ was protected by the strength of the descendants of Vrishni [Krishna's family], Bhoja, Madhu, Das'ârha, Arha, Kukura, Andhaka etc. [together called the Yadus], who were all as good as Krishna Himself. (12) During all seasons there was the wealth of orchards and flower gardens that with their trees, plants and also with the hermitages that were found there, formed beautiful parks around ponds filled with lotuses which made the city extra beautiful. (13) The gateway of the city as well as the different roads were decorated with arches and flags that, painted with all the known signs, were casting shadows in the sunshine. (14) The lanes, alleys, the marketplace and public meeting places were thoroughly cleansed, sprinkled with scented water and strewn with fruits, flowers and unbroken seeds. (15) At the door of each residential house there was a display of curd, unbroken fruits, sugar cane, decorations, pots of water and articles for worship like incense and lamps. (16-17) Hearing that their dearest friend was coming home, His father Vasudeva and the magnanimous Akrûra, Ugrasena, Krishna's superhumanly powerful elder brother Balarâma, Pradyumna, Cârudeshna and Sâmba the son of Jâmbavatî, were all by the force of an extreme happiness alerted from their resting, sitting and dining. (18) Headed by elephants, with auspicious articles, the sound of conch shells and the glorifying chanting of hymns, they hurried, together with the brahmins excited in cheerful expectancy on their chariots towards Him. (19) Hundreds of courtesans with dazzling earrings that enhanced the beauty of their cheeks, very anxious to meet Him followed in their vehicles. (20) There were entertainers, dancers, singers, historians, genealogists and learned speakers who spirited sang the praises of the superhuman activities of the Lord. (21) The Supreme Lord approached each of the friends and citizens who came to receive and welcome Him, as it should with due honor and respect. (22) He, the Almighty One, with the encouragement of His glancing smile bowed His head, greeted them in words, embraced them and shook hands with them, down to the lowest as desired giving His benedictions. (23) Then, accompanied by the esteemed elders and the brahmins and their wives, He entered the city where He was welcomed with blessings and praises from other admirers.

    While He passed through the public roads of Dvârakâ the ladies of standing climbed on the roofs of their houses, oh learned ones, to feast their eyes on the sight of Him. (25) Even though it was their habit to look at Him this way, the inhabitants of Dvârakâ could never get enough of the compelling sight of the reservoir of beauty who was the embodiment of the Infallible One. (26) In His chest the Goddess of Fortune resides, from the cup of His face the eyes are drinking, by His arms the ruling demigods abide, and His lotus feet are the shelter for the singing and talking devotees. (27) Being served with a white parasol, fans and a road covered by a shower of flowers the Lord with His yellow garments and flower garlands resembled a cloud surrounded by the sun, the moon, lightening and a rainbow combined.

    (28) But after He entered His parental home He was embraced by His seven mothers [His own mother, the wife of the priest, of the guru and of the king, the cow, the nurse and mother earth] who joyously were headed by Devakî to whom He bowed His head down in obeisance. (29) After they all had put Him on their laps, their breasts got wet of their affection and delight and also of the water of the tears that overwhelmed them. (30) Thereafter He entered His personal quarters that, inhabited by His wives who numbered over sixteen thousand, offered all that one could wish for. (31) From a distance seeing their husband now returned home the ladies
    within their minds rejoicing rose up at once from their seats and meditations with a coyly looking face. (32) As soon as they saw Him the shy ones first sent their sons and embraced Him in their hearts in an insuperable ecstasy but, oh leader of the Bhrigus, in spite of that they choked up with tears that inadvertently fell like water from their eyes. (33) Although He was always present at their side, even when they were alone, His feet nevertheless every time appeared completely new to them - after all, who could let go of the feet of the Eternal One that are never abandoned by the Goddess of Fortune? (34) He, without being part of it Himself, created the enmity between the rulers who from the day they were born had become a burden to the earth with their military control over their surroundings. He brought relief by killing them just like the wind does with bamboos when he creates fire by friction. (35) The Supreme Lord, from His own causeless mercy, out of His own appeared among all those who are part of this human world, to enjoy a life, with the worthiest of women, as if it concerned an ordinary worldly affair. (36) Even though they were spotless and exciting with their charming smiles, the way they with their grave expression looking from the corners of their eyes even convinced Cupid to give up his bow, they, as maddening, first-class women, were never able to perturb His senses with their magic. (37) Ordinary people who see how He, in spite of His detachment, is actively engaged, consider in their ignorance Him for that reason a human being full of attachment who is as affected as they are. (38) Such is the divinity of the Personality of Godhead that He, despite of being in touch with material nature, is never affected by its qualities; and the same is true for the intelligence of the ones situated in the eternal of the Lord who is their refuge. (39) The women in their simplicity and weakness held it for true that He would be like someone who follows because he is dominated and isolated by his wife. They, unaware of the glories of their husband, were the way the atheists think of Him who do not know Him as the supreme controller."