Jul
04

Shri Krishna’s Form

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The following passage is from the famous Puranic text, the Shrimad Bhagavatam, in the section called the Venu Gita — the Song of the Flute. The original Sanskrit can be found in any copy of the Bhagavatam. Shyamdas also included this passage in the introduction to his text, The Teachings of Shri Vallabhacharya

varhapidam natavaravapuh karnayoh karnikaram
vibhradavdasah kanakakapisam vaijayantim ca malam
randhran venoradharasudhaya purayan gopavrndaih
vrndaranyam svapadaramanam pravisad gitakirtih

Shri Krishna is adorned with a peacock feather, and His ears are graced with flowers. His shawl is the color of brilliant gold. He wears a garland made of forest flowers and appears as the Actor-Husband. He is the Swaminis’ choice, their Lord and Husband. He fills the holes of His flute with the nectar from His lips. His praises are sung as He enters Vrindavan, surrounded by His cowlad friends. His lotus feet appear splendid and create dalliance wherever they touch the earth.

Shyamdas also sang these lovely verses on his first CD, Beloved Chants (track 2: “Krishna”)

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Quotes

“When the deer hear the rava, the sound of Hari’s flute, the fire of divine separation (ra) arises in them and then they are showered with nectar (va). They imbibe the divine rava and are mesmerized. Captivated by the sound, they realize their positions in God’s playground. It draws them close to Krishna and they sit near Him, determined and obsessed like a person who has taken a vow to fast until death. Those deer are like us: totally engaged with Krishna. He glances at them with the same loving mood with which He looks at us! They have attained the Gopis’ devotion!” — Ecstatic Couplets