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Shri Brahma-vaivarta Purana
Canto Four Shri Krishna-janma-khanda
The Birth of Lord Krishna
Table of Contents
Shri Brahma’s Prayers to Lord Krishna
A Conversation of Shri Radha and Shri Krishna
Shri Brahma’s Prayers to Lord Krishna
1 Shri Narayana Rsi said: After seeing all of Goloka, the joyful demigods again approached the first gate to Shri Radha’s palace.
2 The gate had two pillars of splendid jewels and great doors of priceless diamonds, topaz, and other jewels. At that gate the demigods saw peerless Virabhanu,...
3 ...who, wearing yellow garments and a jewel crown decorated with jewel ornaments, sat on a jewel throne.
5 Then, speaking to the gatekeeper Virabhanu, the demigods cheerfully asked permission to enter the very wonderful gate.
6 Without hesitating, the gatekeeper said to the great demigods, “Without Lord Krishna’s permission, I cannot allow you to enter.”
7 Then the gatekeeper sent some servants to Lord Krishna’s abode. O sage, when they returned with Lord Krishna’s permission, the gatekeeper allowed the demigods to enter.
8 After thanking the gatekeeper, the demigods proceeded to the second gate, which, very beautiful, wonderful, and pleasing to the heart, was even greater than the first.
9 O Narada, at that gate they saw handsome Candrabhana, who was dark and youthful, who held a golden staff,...
10 ...who sat decorated with golden ornaments, seated on a jewel throne, and very glorious in the company of five hundred thousand gopas.
11 After speaking with him, the demigods went to the third gate, which, glorious with the splendour of many precious jewels, was wonderful and very beautiful.
12 O Narada, at that gate they saw Suryabhana, who was young, dark and handsome, who had two arms and held a flute in his hand,...
13 ...whose cheeks were splendid with jewel earrings,...
14 ...who was decorated with many jewels, who was very dear to Shri Shri Radha-Krishna, and who was accompanied, like a great king, by an entourage of nine hundred thousand gopas.
15 After speaking with him, the demigods went to the fourth gate, which was beautiful, splendid with many jewels, and more glorious than the other gates.
16 At that gate they saw handsome and very wonderfully decorated Vasubhana, who was one of the kings of Vraja,...
17 ...who was youthful and very handsome, who, decorated with beautiful ornaments and a jewel staff in his hand, sat on a jewel throne,...
18 ...whose lips were like ripe fruits, who smiled gracefully, and who was very handsome. After speaking with him, the demigods went to the fifth gate,...
19 ...which was glorious with walls of diamonds. There they saw the gatekeeper, who was named Devabhana,...
20 ...who was decorated with jewel ornaments, jewel necklaces, and a peacock-feather crown, who sat on a beautiful throne,...
21 ...who was decorated with jewel earrings and ornaments of kadamba flowers, who was anointed with sandal, aguru, musk and kunkuma,...
22 ...and held a staff in his hand, and who was like a great king surrounded by millions of subjects. After speaking with him, the joyful demigods went,...
23 ...to the sixth gate, which had two walls of diamonds, was decorated with flower garlands, and was splendid with many wonders.
24 At that gate they saw Satrubhana, who was splendid with many ornaments, who, accompanied by a million subjects, was one of the kings of Vraja,...
25 ...and whose cheeks were anointed with sandal and splendid with earrings. After speaking with him, the demigods quickly went to the seventh gate,...
26 ...which was filled with many wonders, and which was far more glorious than the preceding six gates. At that gate they saw Ratnabhana, who was to Lord Krishna very dear,...
27 ...whose limbs were all anointed with sandal, who was decorated with flower garlands and many beautiful jewel-ornaments,...
28 ...whose lotus face gently smiled, who, sitting on a jewel throne and surrounded by one million two hundred thousand gopas, was glorious like a great king,...
29 ...and who held a staff in his hand. After speaking with him, the leaders of the demigods happily went to the eight gate, which was more glorious than the preceding seven gates.
30 There they saw the gatekeeper, named Suparrsva, who was very handsome and charming, who smiled gracefully, who was splendid with sandal tilaka,...
31 ...whose lips were like banhujiva flowers, who was decorated with jewel ornaments, who was splendid with all ornaments, who held a jewel staff,...
32 ...and who was accompanied by one million two hundred thousand gopas. Then the demigods went to the beautiful ninth gate,...
33 ...which was a great wonder never seen before, which was splendid with a great network of flower garlands, and which had four courtyards paved with diamonds and precious jewels.
34 There they saw the gatekeeper, who was named Subala, who was handsome and graceful, who was decorated with many ornaments,...
35 ...who was very handsome, who was gloriously decorated with one million two hundred thousand diamonds, and who held a staff in his hand. After speaking with him, the demigods went to the next gate.
36 O sage, gazing at the tenth gate, which was more glorious than the rest, which had a glory that cannot be described, a glory that had never been seen or heard of before, the demigods became filled with wonder.
37 There they saw the gatekeeper named Sudama, who was handsome and charming, whose handsomeness cannot be described, who looked like Lord Krishna Himself,...
38-44 ...who held a staff in his hand, and who was accompanied by two million gopas. Then the demigods went to the next gate, which was very wonderful. There they spoke to the gatekeeper Shridama, who was one of the kings of Vraja, who was like Shri Radha’s own son, who wore yellow garments, sat on a beautiful throne of priceless jewels, was decorated with priceless jewel ornaments, was very handsome, was splendid with sandal, aguru, musk, and kunkuma, wore splendid earrings on his cheeks, wore a wonderful splendid crown of priceless jewels, all of whose limbs were decorated with a network of blossoming jasmine garlands, and who, accompanied by ten million gopas, was more glorious than the greatest kings. Then the demigods happily went to the twelfth gate, which had many courtyards paved with precious jewels,...
45 ...which was very difficult to attain, which had never been seen or heard of before, which was very wonderful, beautiful, and charming, and which had walls of diamonds.
46 At that gate the demigods saw many beautiful young gopis decorated with jewel ornaments,...
47 ...dressed in yellow garments, wearing graceful braids, all their limbs decorated with jasmine flowers,...
48 ...decorated with jewel armlets, anklets, and bracelets, their cheeks splendid with jewel earrings,...
49 ...anointed with sandal, aguru, musk, and kunkuma, and with broad hips and thighs.
50 Gazing at them, the millions of gopis most dear to Lord Krishna, the best of many billions of gopis, the demigods became filled with wonder.
51-52 O brahmana sage, after speaking with the,, the happy demigods went to the next palace, which had three gates, where they saw the most beautiful fortunate and splendid of the gopis.
53 All of these gopis were very fortunate. They were in the full bloom of youth. They were decorated with beautiful ornaments. They were dear to Shri Radha.
54-55 Gazing at these three wonderfully beautiful gates unlike anything else seen before and beyond the power of the wise to describe, and then speaking to the many gopis there, the demigods became filled with wonder. Then they entered the sixteenth very beautiful gate, the entrance to Shri Radha’s abode.
56 O sage, that gate was guarded by thirty-three gopis,...
57 ..who were beautiful, youthful and decorated with many virtues, whose beautiful garments were beyond description, who were decorated with jewel ornaments,...
58 ...who were decorated with jewel bracelets, armlets, and anklets, whose waists held a network of tinkling jewel-ornaments,...
59 ...whose cheeks were splendid with jewel earrings, whose breasts were splendid with networks of blossomed jasmine garlands,...
60 ...whose moonlike faces robbed the autumn moon of its glory, who were decorated with a network of parijata garlands,..
61 ...whose beautiful braids were decorated with many ornaments, whose lips were ripe bimba fruits, whose smiling faces were lotus flowers,...
62 ...whose teeth were splendid as ripe-pomegranate seeds, whose beautiful complexions were like campaka flowers, whose waists, O sage, were gracefully slender,...
63 ...whose noses, splendid with elephant pearls, robbed the bird-king’s beak of its beauty,...
64 ...whose full, firm, and heavy breasts were like an elephant’s cheeks, whose hips were broad, and whose thoughts went to Lord Krishna.
65-69 Standing at the gate, with unblinking eyes the demigods gazed first at these gopis and then at Shri Radha’s very wonderful abode, which was splendid with two courtyards paved with precious jewels, set with sapphire pillars, decorated with rubies and networks of parijata flowers, and fragrant with scented breezes. After speaking to these gopis, the demigods, their hearts yearning to see Lord Krishna’s lotus feet, the hairs of their bodies erect, their necks bowed, and their eyes filled with tears of love, entered Shri Radha’s abode.
70 From afar the demigods could see Shri Radha’s abode, its many palaces clustered around a beautiful courtyard,...
71 ...pave with the best of priceless jewels, decorated with pillars of diamonds and many jewels,...
72 ...splendid with networks of parijata flowers, pearls, rubies, white camaras, and mirrors,...
73 ...decorated, O sage, with domes of priceless jewels and sandal wigs tied with silken ribbons,...
74 ...decorated with courtyards of many jewel pillars, anointed with sandal, aguru, musk and kunkuma,...
75 ...decorated with white paddy, white flowers, red coral, fruits, rice, durva grass, unbroken grains, fried grains, and arati ceremonies,...
76 ...splendid with fruits, jewels, jewel domes, sindura, kunkuma, and networks of parijata flowers,...
77 ...fragrant with breezes carrying the scents of flowers, beyond the power of description,...
78 ...splendid with many things not found in the material worlds, appointed with jewel couches covered with fine cloth,...
79 ...beautiful with networks of parijata flowers, many millions of jewel domes, and many treasuries of precious jewels,...
80 ...decoration with many beautiful and priceless things, pleasant with the sweet sounds of musical instruments,...
81 ...pleasant, O Narada, with the gopis’ beautiful singing, and with the music of vinas, mrdangas, and other instruments,...
82 ...splendid with Shri Radha’s many gopi friends and with many gopas very muck like Lord Krishna,...
83 ...and filled with beautiful songs describing the transcendental qualities of Shri Shri Radha-Krishna. As they gazed at all this within Shri Radha’s abode, the demigods became filled with wonder.
84 Listening to the sweet singing and gazing at the graceful dancing, the demigods stood there, rapt in thought.
85 There the demigods saw a beautiful jewel throne in a circle of a hundred dhanus,...
86 ...which was decorated with many small jewel-domes, wonderful statues, wonderful gardens, flowers,...
87 ...which was, O brahmana, wonderfully glorious as ten million suns.
88 Rapt in meditation, the demigods saw in seven talas of that circle a great light, a light that robbed all other lights of their splendour, a light that was present everywhere, a light that was the seed of everything.
90 Their desires all fulfilled, the hairs of their bodies, erect, their necks respectfully bowed, and their eyes filled with tears, and the demigods, happily and with great devotion, bowed down before that light.
91 Rapt in meditation, the demigods bowed down, stood up, and then approached the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has assumed that form of light.
92 Meditating on this light, Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe, stood with folded hands, Lord Siva on his right and Lord Yamaraja on his left.
93 Rapt in meditation, and with great devotion, Lord Brahma offered prayers to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is full of bliss, beyond the modes of material nature, and greater than the greatest.
94 Shri Brahma said: I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has now assumed this form of light, who are the best of they who give benedictions, the origin of they who give benedictions, and the origin of all living entities.
95 I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has now assumed this form of light, who is most auspicious, the giver of auspiciousness, the abode of auspiciousness.
96 I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead who has now assumed this form of light, who stays everywhere, who is not touched by matter, who stays in everyone’s heart, who is greater than the greatest, whose activities are not material, and who cannot be understood by the material mind.
97 I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has now assumed this form of light, who has qualities, who has no qualities, who is the eternal Supreme Spirit, who has no form, who has a form, whose form is splendid.
98 I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is beyond description, who is both manifest and unmanifest, who is one only, without any rival, whose desires are all fulfilled, who has the power to assume any form He wishes.
99 To govern the world of three modes He assumes three forms. How can the demigods, who are His parts and parcels, understand Him? He is beyond the reach of the Vedas.
100 I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has now assumed this form of light, who is the support on which everything rests, who is the creator of all forms, who is the seed of everything, who has no origin who is the end of everything, who is endless.
101 I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has now assumed this form of light, The wise describe hundreds of thousands of His transcendental forms and virtues. How can I describe Him?
102 I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has now assumed this form of light, who has no form, who has a form, who has no senses, who has senses, who sees nothing, who is the witness of all.
103 I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has now assumed this form of light, who has no feet, but goes everywhere, who has no eyes, but sees everything, who eats even though He has neither hands nor mouth.
104 I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has now assumed this form of light. The saintly sages are able to describe Him in the Vedas. Still, He is not described in the Vedas.
105 I offer my respectful obeisances to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has now assumed this form of light, who is the master of all, who has no master to obey, who is the origin of all, who has no origin, who is in everyone’s heart, who is not in everyone’s heart.
106 Neither I, who create the universes and father the Vedas, nor Yamaraja who protects the pious, nor Siva who destroys the universe, nor anyone else has the power to glorify Him properly.
107 O Lord, as service to You, Yama protects the pious. When the time comes, Siva destroys the universe on Your order.
108 As a service to Your lotus feet I write everyone’s destiny and give the materialists the fruits of their labours. I have no power over Your devotees.
109 In this material universe shaped like an egg we are Your servants. How many servants do You have in the numberless universes?
110 Who can count the specks of dust in the world? Who can count the atoms in the universe? Who can properly glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the master and father of all?
111 Maha-Vishnu, who manifests the material universes, one by one, from His bodily pores, is but a sixteenth part of You, O Lord.
112 The impersonalist yogis meditate on Your form of light, the object of their desires. The devotees do not. Instead, they serve Your lotus feet.
113 O Lord, please unravel to us Your handsome, charming, youthful form, the form described in the mantras we chant, the form on which we meditate,...
114 ...a form dark as a monsoon cloud, dressed in yellow garments, transcendental, manifesting two arms, a flute in hand, gracefully smiling, handsome,...
115 ...decorated with a peacock feather crown and a network of malati flowers, anointed with sandal, aguru, musk and kunkuma,...
116 ...decorated with beautiful ornaments made of priceless jewels, splendid with a crown made of priceless jewels,...
117 ...the moon of its face robbing the blooming autumn-lotuses of their splendour, its lips splendid like ripe bimba fruits,...
118 ...and its handsome teeth like ripe pomegranate seeds, a form sitting under a pastime kadamba tree, a form yearning to taste the nectar of the rasa dance,...
119 ...a form that smiled as it glanced at the gopis’ faces, a form that rested on Shri Radha’s breast, a form that yearns to taste the nectar of transcendental pastimes. O Lord, we yearn to see this form of Yours.
120 After speaking these words, Brahma bowed down again and again. Then Siva and Yamaraja also recited this same prayer.
121 His eyes filled with tears, Brahma bowed down again and again. Then the three demigods stood up and recited the prayer again.
122 O sage, flooded by Lord Krishna’s light, Brahma, Siva and Yamaraja stood there, reciting that king of prayers again and again.
123 A person who, when he worships Lord Krishna, recites this prayer with devotion, attains very rare, intense, firm, and unwavering devotion for Lord Krishna.
124 He attains devotional service the demigods, demons, and kings of sages cannot attain. He attains the mystic powers beginning with anima siddhi. He attains the four kinds of liberation, beginning with salokya-mukti.
125 In this world he becomes like Lord Vishnu Himself. He is famous. He is worshipped. His words are perfect. The mantras he recites are perfect.
126 He attains all good fortune. He is never in bad health. The world is flooded with his face. He attains knowledge, the gift of poetry, good children, and a lotuslike wife like the goddess of fortune herself.
127 For a long time He stays with his chaste and saintly wife and his good and faithful children. For a long time he is famous. Then, at the end, he attains the association of Lord Krishna.
A Conversation of Shri Radha and Shri Krishna
1 Shri Narayana Rsi said: Meditating and praying, the demigods reverently stood before that light. Then they saw a handsome form at the centre of that light.
2 ...a handsome, blissful, smiling form splendid as a monsoon cloud, a form that enchants the three worlds,...
3 ...a form with shark-earrings glittering on its cheeks, a form with lotus feet splendid with jewel anklets,...
4 ...a form splendid with precious jewel ornaments and priceless yellow garments pure like fire,...
5 ...a form decorated with beautiful ornaments, a form that made its ornaments more beautiful, becoming the ornament of its ornaments,...
6 ...a form glancing with happy eyes, a form overcome with kindness for the devotees, a form with a great and splendid door-panel chest decorated with pearls and jewels,...
7 ...a form splendid with kaustubhas and other precious jewels. In this way, in the centre of that light the demigods saw the beautiful form of Shri Radha.
8 At Shri Radha, who with crooked eyes exchanged glances with Her smiling lover, whose splendid teeth eclipsed many rows of perfect pearls,...
9 ...whose face was happy with a gentle smile, whose eyes were autumn lotus flowers, whose beautiful face eclipsed the autumn moon,...
10 ...whose beautiful lips robbed the bandhujiva flowers of their glory, whose lotus feet were splendid with tinkling anklets,...
111 ...whose fingernails and toenails eclipsed the glory of the king of jewels, and the soles of whose feet were anointed with kunkuma,...
12 ...who was glorious with priceless jewel necklaces, who was glorious with priceless garments pure as fire,...
13 ...who at Her waist wore tinkling ornaments made with the kings of jewels, who was decorated with jewel bracelets, armlets, and necklaces,...
14 ...whose ears and cheeks were splendid with glorious earrings made from the kings of jewels,...
15 ...whose nose, beautiful as the king of bird’s beak, was decorated with an elephant pearl, whose braids were tied with a string of jasmine flowers,...
16 ...whose breast was splendid with many kaustubha jewels, who was decorated with a network of parijata garlands,...
17 ...whose fingers were decorated with many jewel rings,...
18 ...who was decorated with splendid conchshell ornaments strung with fine threads,...
19 ...who was decorated with jewel necklaces strung with red threads, whose beautiful form was glorious as molten gold,...
20 ...whose thighs were graceful, whose raised breasts were very full, who was decorated with all ornaments, and who was decorated with Her own sublime beauty,...
21 ...the demigods, filled with wonder, gazed. Then, all their desires fulfilled, the demigods offered prayers to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha.
22 Shri Brahma said: O Lord, may the bumblebee of my mind always lovingly stay at the lotus flower of Your feet. Please give me the medicine that brings peace. Please save me from the fever of repeated birth and death. Please give me steady and mature devotional service to You.
23 Shri Siva said: I am drowning in the ocean of birth and death. The fish of my mind is trapped in the horrible and narrow well of repeated birth and death. O Lord, please rescue me from this horrible world of birth and death and give me loving devotion for Your lotus feet.
24 Shri Yamaraja said: O my Lord, may I have the association of Your devotees. Association with them is a sharp sword that cuts the bonds of repeated birth and death. Association with them is the only way to attain a place at Your lotus feet. Please give me devotional service to Your lotus feet birth after birth.
25 Shri Narayana Rsi said: After speaking these prayers the demigods, their heart’s desires fulfilled, respectfully stood before Lord Krishna. Shri Radha’s husband, who fulfils the desires of His devotees.
26 After listening to the demigods’ prayers, Lord Krishna, who is an ocean of mercy, and whose lotus face had blossomed with a smile, spoke the following auspicious and truthful words.
27 Shri Krishna said: Please come to My palace. I am always eager to ask about the welfare of they who take shelter of Me.
28 Please be free of all troubles. How could you be troubled while I am here?
29 I am present in everyone’s heart. I appear before they who offer prayers to Me. I know everything about why you have come.
30 In time, auspicious and inauspicious deeds will bear results. O demigods, all actions, great and small, bear results by the power of time.
31 At the proper time trees bear fruits and flowers. In some seasons the fruits are ripe. In other seasons the fruits are not ripe yet.
32 Happiness, suffering, calamity, good fortune, grief, and anxiety, which are the auspicious and inauspicious fruits of each person’s work, all come at the appropriate time.
33 What is not pleasing in the three worlds? What is unpleasing in the three worlds? It is the powers of time that makes things pleasing and unpleasing.
34 You have seen how, when the fruits of their past deeds have become ripe, kings and manus in this world are under the control of time.
35 What is now a single moment in Goloka is seven manvantaras in the material world.
36 Seven Indras have come and gone. Now it is the time of the eighth Indra. In this way My wheel of time turns day and night.
37 Indras, manus, and kings are all under the control of time. Their fame, piety, and sins remains only as words in history.
38 Even now on the earth there are many powerful and wicked kings who revile the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
39 In the course of time they also will submit to time’s power.
40 By My order time moves, the wind blows, fire burns and the sun shines.
41 O demigods, by My order clouds scatter rain, diseases strike material bodies, and death moves among the conditioned souls.
42 Brahmanas are devoted to brahmanical culture. Sages whose wealth is austerity are devoted to austerity. Brahmana sages are devoted to Brahman. Yogis are devoted to yoga.
43 They all perform their duties out of fear of Me. Only My devotees, who uproot the tree of karmic actions, are fearless.
44 O demigods, I am the time of time, the creator of the creator, the protector of the protector, the destroyer of the destroyer. I am greater than the greatest.
45 By My order Brahma, creates, Yamaraja protects, and Siva destroys.
46 I am the master of all, from Brahma down to the blades of grass. I give the fruits of work. I uproot the tree of karma.
47 Who can protect someone I would kill? Who can kill someone I would protect?
48 I am the protector of all. I am the destroyer of all. Still, I have no power to destroy the devotees. Their bodies are eternal.
49 The devotees are My followers. They worship My feet eternally. To protect them, I always stay by their side.
50 In the material world everyone dies and everyone is reborn again and again. But My devotees do not die. They are fearless. They never suffer.
51 Every wise man yearns to serve Me. They who pray for My service are fortunate. They who do not are filled with material desires.
52 Fruitive workers fear birth, death, old-age, disease and Yama’s punishments. They who are My devotees do not fear.
53 My devotees are not touched by piety or sin. I shake away their karma.
54 I am the devotees’ life. The devotees are My life. They meditate on Me always. I think of them day and night.
55 My sixteen spoke Sudarsana disc is very sharp. No living being has even one sixteenth of its splendour and power.
56 To protect them I place My disc by the devotees’ side. Still not confident of their protection, I personally stand by My devotees.
57 I am not happy in Vaikuntha. I am not happy in Goloka. I am not happy by Shri Radha’s side. I am happy in the company of My devotees. Wherever My devotees stay, there I stay day and night.
58 Shri Radha is more dear to Me than life. Day and night She rests on My chest. You are also more dear to Me than life. To Me the goddess of fortune is not more dear than My devotees.
59 O demigods, whatever a devotee offers Me with love I happily eat. I do not eat what non-devotees offer. They eat it alone.
60 Renouncing wife, children, and relatives, and ignoring you demigods, My devotees meditate on Me day and night. Day and night I think of them.
61-62 They who harm My devotees, brahmanas, cows, demigods, and Vedic yajanas quickly perish like straw thrust into a fire. I destroy them. Who can protect them?
63 I will go to the earth. O demigods, first return to your homes, and then, by your amsa expansions, quickly go to the earth.
64 After speaking to the demigods, Lord Krishna, the master of the universes, called the gopas and gopis and spoke to them words that were sweet, truthful and appropriate.
65 Shri Krishna said: O gopas and gopis, please listen. All of you please go to Nanda’s land of Vraja. O Radha, please go at once to the home of King Vrsabhanu.
66 King Vrsabhanu’s dear wife is the saintly gopi named Kalavati. She is Subala-gopa’s daughter. She is a partial incarnation of the goddess of fortune.
67 She is fortunate and glorious among women. She was the mind-born daughter of the pitas, but by Durvasa’s curse she was born in a house in Vraja.
68 At once go to Nanda’s Vraja and take birth in her womb. O girl with the lotus face, I will assume the form of a small boy and I will marry You.
69 O Radha, to Me You are more dear than life. To You I am more dear than life also. We are not different. We are one body eternally.
70 Listening, Shri Radha wept, overcome with love. O sage, with Her cakora-bird eyes She drank the moonlight of Lord Krishna’s face.
71 Shri Krishna said: O gopas and gopis, please take birth on the earth in the beautiful palaces of the noble gopas.
72 Then everyone saw the arrival of a great chariot covered with diamonds, the king of jewels,...
73 ...a chariot decorated with a hundred thousand white camaras, ten thousand mirrors, red cloth pure as fire,...
74 ...a thousand jewel domes, and networks of parijata garlands,...
75 ...filled with glorious people, made of gold, beautiful, without compare, glorious and splendid as a hundred suns.
76 They also saw handsome and charming Lord Narayana, who wore yellow garments, held a conch, disc, club and lotus,...
77 ...wore a glorious crown and glorious earrings, was decorated with a forest garland and anointed with sandal, aguru, musk and kunkuma,...
78 ...had four arms, smiled, was overcome with compassion for His devotees, and was decorated with the best of ornaments made of the kings of jewels.
79 At His left side they saw beautiful, charming, and fair Goddess Sarasvati, who held a flute, vina and book in her hand, who was the queen of the higher planets, and who was knowledge personified.
80 At His right side they saw another beautiful and charming goddess, who smiled sweetly and was fair as molten gold and splendid as the autumn moon,...
81 ...whose cheeks were splendid with jewel earrings, who wore priceless garments and priceless jewels,...
82 ...who was decorated with bracelets and armlets of priceless jewels, who wore tinkling jewel anklets,...
83 ...whose breast was splendid with a parijata garland, whose braids were beautiful with a jasmine garland,...
84 ...whose beautiful face robbed the autumn moon of its splendour,...
85 ...who was anointed with musk dots and red sindura tilaka, whose beautiful autumn-lotus eyes were decorated with mascara,...
86 ...who held a pastime lotus of a thousand petals, and who with crooked eyes gazed at Lord Narayana as He gazed at Her.
87 Accompanied by His two wives and His many associates, Lord Narayana quickly descended from the chariot and entered the beautiful assembly of gopas and gopis.
88 O demigods, the gopas and gopis at once rose and with folded hands joyfully recited the divine sages’ prayers from the Sama Veda.
89 Then Lord Narayana approached, entered Lord Krishna’s form and disappeared. When they saw this, everyone became filled with wonder.
90 Then Lord Vishnu, the protector of the universes came, and descended from His golden chariot.
91-92 O sage, when handsome, smiling four-armed Lord Vishnu, decorated with forest garlands, dressed in yellow garments, glorious with all ornaments and splendid as ten million suns, entered the assembly, everyone rose, gazed at Him, bowed down, and offered prayers.
93 Then Lord Vishnu also merged into the form of Lord Krishna. Seeing this, everyone became filled with wonder.
94-95 Then the Lord’s incarnation that resides in Svetadvipa also came and merged into Lord Krishna’s body. Then hastily came Lord Sankarsana, the thousand-headed purusa-avatara, who was splendid like pure crystal and effulgent like a hundred suns.
96 Seeing this incarnation of Lord Vishnu everyone offered many prayers. Then, with bowed head He Himself offered prayers to Lord Krishna, the husband of Radha.
97 O Narada, with His thousand heads He bowed down with devotion to Lord Krishna. Then Nara and Narayana Rsi, the two sons of Dharma Rsi, also came.
98 Then I merged into Lord Krishna’s lotus feet and Nara Rsi became Arjuna. Then Brahma, Siva, Sesa and Yamaraja came to that place.
99 There the demigods saw a great chariot of gold and jewels,...
100 ...a chariot decorated with the kings of jewels, cloth pure as fire, many white camaras and ten thousand mirrors,...
101 ...splendid with many jewel domes, beautiful with networks of parijata garlands,...
102 ...beautiful, with a thousand wheels, fast as the mind, robbing the splendour of the summer’s midday sun,...
103 ...splendid with many pearls, rubies, and diamonds, wonderful with paintings, designs, statues, flowers, lakes and forests,...
104 ...a chariot that was, O sage, the best of all chariots owned by demigods or demons, a chariot Visvakarma carefully made for Lord Siva’s pleasure,...
105 A chariot four hundred miles high and eight hundred miles across, and splendid with a hundred palaces gracefully appointed with many beautiful couches and beds.
106 Then they saw a goddess decorated with jewel ornaments, her splendour robbing molten gold of its glory,...
107 ...a goddess who was very splendid, peerless, the root of material nature, the controller of material nature, with a thousand arms holding many weapons,...
108 ...gently smiling, overcome with compassion for her devotees, her cheeks splendid with jewel earrings, splendid with tinkling anklets made of the kings of jewels,...
109 ...decorated with jewel bracelets and armlets, her graceful waist decorated with a jewel belt,...
110 ...her chest glorious with many mandara garlands, her thighs firm and her raised breasts full,...
111 ...her beautiful face eclipsing the autumn moon’s splendour, her autumn lotus eyes splendid with graceful mascara,...
112 ...decorated with pictures and designs drawn in sandal, aguru, and musk, her beautiful lips splendid like new bandhujiva flowers,...
113 ...her teeth robbing pearls of their splendour, her braids decorated with blossomed jasmine flowers,...
114 ...an elephant pearl decorating the tip of her nose graceful like the bird king’s beak,...
115 ...a goddess splendid with garments pure as fire, and accompanied by her two sons as she cheerfully rode on a lion’s back.
116 Descending from the chariot, the goddess and her sons at once bowed down before Lord Krishna, the perfect Supreme Personality of Godhead. Then she sat on a great throne.
117 Ganesa and Karttikeya bowed down first to Lord Krishna, who is greater than the greatest, and then to Siva, Yamaraja, Sesa, and Brahma.
118 The demigoddess rose. Seeing the two boys, the demigods blessed them, had them sit in their midst, and happily began to talk with them.
119 As the goddess and the demigods stood before Lord Krishna in the assembly, the many gopas and gopis became filled with wonder.
120 Then, His lotus face smiling, Lord Krishna said to Goddess Laksmi: Please go to King Bhismaka’s jewel palace.
121 Eternal goddess, please take birth in Queen Vidabhi’s womb. O saintly one, I will go to Kundina and take your hand in marriage.
122 Seeing Goddess Parvati, the demigoddess quickly rose and had her sit on a beautiful jewel throne.
123 O king of brahmanas, Parvati, Laksmi and Sarasvati sat together and talked among themselves.
124 the gopis happily talked with the three goddesses. Some gopis happily sat by their side.
125 Then Shri Krishna, the master of the universes, said to Parvati: O beautiful goddess, in an amsa incarnation please go to Nanda’s Vraja.
126 O beautiful one, O goddess of material nature, O creator and destroyer of the worlds, please take birth in Yasoda’s womb from Nanda’s seed.
127 I will arrange that in every village and city on the earth the people will worship you with devotion.
128 Offering you many splendid gifts, the people will worship you as their goddess.
129 O auspicious wife of Lord Siva, the moment you touch the earth My father will take you from the maternity room and place Me in your stead.
130 For a moment you will see Kamsa and then you will return to Lord Siva. Then I will remove the earth’s burden and return to My own abode.
131 After speaking these words, Lord Krishna said to Karttikeya: Child, in an amsa incarnation you will go to the earth.
132 O great demigod, then you should take birth in Jambavati’s womb. All the demigods should go in amsa incarnations to the earth. Then I will remove the earth’s burden.
133 O Narada, after speaking these words, Lord Krishna, the husband of Radha, sat on His beautiful throne, and the demigods, demigoddesses, gopas and gopis also sat in His company.
134 Then Brahma stood up and with folded hands humbly addressed Lord Krishna, the master of the universes.
135 Shri Brahma said: O Lord, please hear Your servant’s request. O great one, how and where we should descend to the earth? Please give us Your command.
136 A proper master always maintains, protects and rescues his servants. A proper servant always devotedly follows his master’s commands.
137 What demigods and demigoddesses in what forms, in what incarnations, with what names, and performing what actions, should descend to the earth?
138 Hearing Brahma’s words, Lord Krishna, the master of the universes, replied: Now I will tell you all of this.
139 Shri Krishna said: Kamadeva will become Rukmini’s son Pradyumna. Rati will be reflected in Sambarasura’s house as saintly Mayavati.
140 You will become Pradyumna’s son Aniruddha. Sarasvati will go to Sonitapura and become Banasura’s daughter Usa.
141 Lord Sesa, the master of the universes, will go to Devaki’s womb. Then Yogamaya will pull (sankars) Him into Rohini’s womb. For this reason He will be called Sankarsana.
142 Ganga will come to the earth in a partial incarnation as Yamuna. Tulasi will appear in a half-incarnation as princess Laksmana.
143 Saintly Savitri, the mother of the Vedas, will be named Nagnajiti. Vasundhara will become Satyabhama. Goddess Sarasvati will become Saibya.
144 Rohini will become Princess Mitravinda, and the sun-god’s wife will partially appear as Ratnamala.
145 Svaha will partially appear as Susila. In this way, beginning with Rukmini, I will have nine wives. Goddess Durga will partially appear as Jambavati. Including her, I will have ten queens.
146 One day on Mount Kailasa, Lord Siva ordered Parvati: By a partial incarnation Parvati must go to Jambavan’s house.
147 Beloved, you must embrace Lord Vishnu, who stays in Svetadvipa, and who once came to Mount Kailasa. Because I command you to do this, there will be no sin on your part.
148 Shri Brahma said: O Krishna, O husband of Radha, why did Lord Siva give this command to Parvati, that she should approach Lord Vishnu, who resides in Svetadvipa?
149 Shri Krishna said: When all the demigods came to see the newborn infant Ganesa, on Lord Siva’s request Lord Vishnu also came from Svetadvipa.
150 Lord Vishnu happily saw Ganesa and then sat on a comfortable seat. Then all the demigods blissfully gazed on Lord Vishnu, whose form enchanted the three worlds,...
151 ...who wore yellow garments, a crown and earrings, whose youthful dark forms was very handsome,...
152 ...who was anointed with sandal, aguru, musk and kunkuma, who was decorated with jewel ornaments, whose lotus face smiled,...
153 ...who sat on a jewel throne, who was surrounded by His associates, to whom all the demigods offered obeisances, to whom Lord Siva offered worship and prayers.
154 When Parvati saw Lord Vishnu she became filled with a happiness that showed in her face and eyes. Embarrassed, chaste Parvati covered her face with her sari.
155-6 Her face covered, with unblinking crooked eyes chaste Parvati gazed again and again at Lord Vishnu’s very handsome, wonderfully dressed form. The hairs of her body erect,, she became plunged in an ocean of bliss.
157 For a moment she gazed at splendid Lord Siva, more handsome than ten million Kamadevas, grasping a trident and axe, and three eyes on each of his five faces.
158 In the next moment she gazed at dark Lord Vishnu, wearing yellow garments,, decorated with a forest garland, with one face and four arms.
159 Gazing at the one Supreme Lord who appears in many forms, Goddess Parvati, the controller of material bewilderment, fell under the control of Lord Vishnu’s spiritual power of bewilderment. She became filled with passionate desire.
160 She thought: The three demigods Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, are my partial incarnations. Still Vishnu is best, for He is in the mode of goodness.
161 Parvati gazed at Lord Vishnu and in her thoughts devotedly worshipped Him, the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Supersoul in everyone’s heart.
162 Lord Siva, who was also the Personality of Godhead, the master of the universes, and the Supersoul in everyone’s heart, knew what Parvati was thinking.
163 Taking her to a secluded place, Lord Siva spoke to Parvati. He taught her all that was auspicious and true.
164 Shri Siva said: O Parvati, please understand my words. You must become the passionate lover of Lord Vishnu, the all-pervading Supersoul and Supreme Personality of Godhead.
165 Vishnu, Brahma, and I are the one eternal Supreme Lord. We are not different. We are the one Lord manifest in different forms.
166 You are the potency of the Supreme Lord. You are the mother of all. You appear in many forms. You are Brahma’s wife Sarasvati. You are Goddess Laksmi who rests on Lord Narayana’s chest.
167 O saintly one, you are also Parvati, who rests on my chest.
After hearing Lord Siva’s words, Parvati, the queen of the demigods, spoke to him.
168 Shri Parvati said: O friend of the poor, O ocean of mercy, why have you no mercy for me? For a long time I performed austerities to attain you, the master of the universes.
169 Lord, you cannot reject a servant like me. O Siva, please do not speak these improper words to me.
170 Lord, I will obey your command. I will take birth in another body. Then I will become Lord Vishnu’s lover.
171 Hearing these words, Lord Siva burst into laughter. In this way he reassured Parvati and removed her fears.
172 To keep her word chaste Parvati will take birth in Jambavan’s house. O Brahma, she will be named Jambavati.
173 Shri Brahma said: On the earth there are many different kinds of kings. Why will Parvati take birth in the home of a bear?
174 Shri Krishna said: In Treta-yuga, during the incarnation of Lord Rama, the demigods incarnated on the earth. At that time the king of the Himalaya’s incarnated as the bear Jambavan, a great servant of Lord Rama.
175 Because of a boon from Lord Rama, Jambavan is long-lived, handsome, and strong like ten million lions.
176 In this way Parvati will go to the earth and take birth in the house of Jambavan, who is an incarnation of her father, the king of the Himalayas. Now please hear more explanations from My mouth.
177 All the demigods should partially incarnate on the earth. O Brahma, as warrior-princes they will assist Me in battle.
178 Goddess Laksmi will partially incarnate as 16 000 princesses who will become My queens.
179 Yamaraja will partially incarnate as Pandu’s son Yudhisthira. Vayu will partially incarnate as Bhimasena. Indra will partially incarnate as Arjuna.
180 The Asvini-kumaras will partially incarnate as Nakula and Sahadeva. Surya will partially incarnate as the heroic warrior Karna. Yamaraja will personally appear as Vidura.
181 Kali will partially incarnate as Duryodhana. Varuna will partially incarnate as Santanu. Siva will partially incarnate as Asvatthama. Agni will partially incarnate as Dronacarya.
182 Candra will partially incarnate as Abhimanyu. Vasu will partially incarnate as Bhisma. Kasyapa will partially incarnate as Vasudeva. Aditi will partially incarnate as Devaki.
183 Vasu will partially incarnate as Nanda-gopa. Vasu’s wife will partially incarnate as Yasoda. Laksmi will partially incarnate as Draupadi, who was born from a yajna pond.
184 Agni will partially incarnate as noble and powerful Dhrstadyumna. Satarupa will partially incarnate as Subhadra, born from Devaki’s womb.
185 In this way the demigods must go, by their partial expansions, to the earth and help to remove its burden. The demigods’ wives must also go, by their partial expansions, to the earth.
186 At that point Lord Krishna stopped speaking. O Narada, Brahma stood there, listening.
187 Sarasvati was at Lord Krishna’s left and Laksmi at His right. Parvati and all the demigods were before Him.
188 The gopis and gopas were before Him. Shri Radha rested on His chest. At that moment Shri Radha, the queen of Vraja spoke to Lord Krishna.
189 Shri Radha said: O Lord, please hear the words of Your maidservant. My life has become a blazing fire that burns without stop. My mind trembles, swinging to and fro.
190 When I look at You I cannot even blink. O Lord, how can I go to the earth without You?
191 O friend, how much time must pass before I will meet You again in Gokula? O master of My life, please tell the truth.
192 An eyeblink without You will be a hundred yugas for Me. What will I look on? Where will I go? Who will protect Me?
193 O master of My life, how can I for a moment think of mother, father, relatives, friends, brother, sister, or children when You are gone?
194 O master of illusions, please promise me that when I am on the earth You will not cover Me with illusion and make Me forget Your glories.
195 O Krishna, please turn My mind into a bumblebee always wandering among the nectar lotus-flowers of Your feet.
196 Wherever I may be born, please give Me service to You and remembrance of You.
197 You are Krishna and I am Radha. When I am on the earth may I never forget the glory of Our love. O Lord, please give Me this benediction.
198 As breath always stays with the body and as the body always stays with its shadow, may We two always stay together when We take birth. O Lord please give Me this benediction.
199 When We are on the earth let Us not be separated for even an eyeblink. O Lord, please give Me this benediction.
200 Who was it that used My life-breath to create Your body, feet, and flute?
201 How many glorious kinds of women are there? How many kinds of glorious men praised again and again? No woman is attached to her lover as I am to You.
202 How is it that I was created from half of Your body? There is no difference between Us. That is why My mind always thinks of You.
203 How is it that My mind, heart, and life were placed in Your body. And Your mind, heart and life were placed in Mine?
204 That is why an eyeblink’s separation from You brings a great catastrophe to My mind. That is why, when it hears that We may be separated, My life-force burns in an unending fire.
205 After speaking these words in the assembly of demigods, again and again Shri Radha grasped Lord Krishna’s lotus feet and loudly wept.
206 Then, placing Her on His lap and with His own garment wiping the tears from Her face, Lord Krishna spoke many true and beneficial words.
207 Shri Krishna said: Goddess, please listen and I will describe to You the yoga of the Supreme, a yoga even the kings of the yogis cannot understand, a yoga that cuts grief into many pieces.
208 O beautiful one, consider this: The entire universe is constructed of two things: resting places and things that rest in them. It is not possible for a resting thing to be separated from its resting place.
209 For the fruit the resting place is the flower. For the flower the resting place is the twig. For the twig the resting place is the branch. For the branch the resting place is the tree itself.
210 For the tree the resting place is the sapling. For the sapling, which is manifest from the seed, the resting place is the seed. For the seed the resting place is the earth.
211 For the earth the resting place is Lord Sesa. For Lord Sesa the resting place is the great tortoise beneath Him. For the tortoise the resting place is the wind. For the wind the resting place is I Myself.
212 For Me the resting place is You. I always rest in You. You have all powers. You are the root from which the material nature has sprung. You are the Supreme Goddess.
213 You are the resting place of all bodies. You are the resting place of the three mode of nature. You are the resting place of Me, for I am Your heart. Without You I cannot act. Only by Your grace have I the power to act.
214 From the man the seed is manifest. From the seed children are manifest. The resting place of both seed and children is the woman, who is manifest from material nature.
215 How can the spirit soul exist without the body? How can the body exist without the spirit soul? They are both the first cause. O goddess, how can the creation be manifest without them both?
216 O Radha, We are not different. We are the seed and the world grown from the seed. I am the soul and You are the body. Where the soul is present, there also is the body. We are not different. Why must You be so humble?
217 As whiteness is present in milk, as heat is present in fire, as fragrance is present in earth, and as coolness is present in fire, so I am always present in You.
218 As milk and its whiteness, fire and its heat, earth and its fragrance, and water and its coolness are one and cannot be separated, We are one also. We cannot be separated.
219 Without Me, You are lifeless. Without You, I am invisible. O beautiful one, without You I cannot exist.
220 Without clay a potter cannot make a pot. Without gold a goldsmith cannot make a gold ornament.
221 As the spirit soul is eternal, Your are also eternal. You are the material nature. You are all powerful. You are the eternal resting place of everything.
222 Laksmi, all-auspicious Sarasvati, Brahma, Siva, Sesa, and Yamaraja are dear as life to Me. But You are more dear than life to Me.
223 If this were not so, then why do the demigods and demigoddesses stay nearby, but You rest on My chest, O Radha?
224 O Radha, give up Your tears. I saintly one, give up this fruitless and mistaken worry and go to King Vrsabhanu’s house.
225 O beautiful one, use Your powers to create an artificial pregnancy in Kalavati. For nine months fill her womb with air.
226 When the tenth month comes leave Your natural form behind, accept the form of an infant girl and go to the earth.
227 At the time of giving birth, place Your form of a naked infant on the ground by Kalavati and cry like a newborn child.
228 O saintly one, in this way, without entering a mother’s womb, You will appear in Gokula. I also will appear without entering a mother’s womb. You and I do not enter a mother’s womb.
229 The moment I come to earth Vasudeva will carry Me to Gokula. Pretending to fear Kamsa, I will go there for Your sake.
230 I will be Nanda’s son in Yasoda’s house. O beautiful one, again and again You will happily see me and tightly embrace Me.
231 O Radha, because of the benediction I give You, You will remember everything. Following My own wish, I will enjoy pastimes with You in Vrndavana forest again and again.
232 Therefore, accompanied by thirty three virtuous friends and twenty one billion gopi-associates, please go to Vraja.
233-4 O Radha, after comforting with eloquent nectar words the numberless gopas and gopis left behind in Goloka, I will go to Vasudeva’s home in Mathura City.
235 The ten million gopas most dear to Me should take birth in the homes of the gopas. To enjoy pastimes with Me they should go to Vraja.
236 O Narada, then Lord Krishna stopped speaking. The demigods, demigoddesses, gopas and gopis were silent.
237 Then Brahma, Siva, Yama, Sesa, Parvati, Laksmi and Sarasvati joyfully offered prayers to Lord Krishna.
238 Overcome with love and burning in the flames of imminent separation, the devoted gopas and gopis offered prayers to Lord Krishna and bowed down before Him.
239 Burning in the flames of imminent separation even though Her desires were all fulfilled, Shri Radha devotedly offered prayers to Her lover Krishna, who is more dear to Her than life.
240 Seeing that Shri Radha was weeping many tears of distress, Lord Krishna spoke to Her truthful words of enlightenment.
241 Shri Krishna said: O goddess more dear than life, please be peaceful. Give up You fears. What You feel I also feel. Why should You be unhappy while I am with You.
242 However, I will tell You something that is not good. You will be separated from Me for a hundred years.
243 O beautiful one, I will go to Mathura and because of Shridama’s curse, We will be separated.
244 In Mathura I will remove the earth’s burden, release My parents from bondage and give liberation to a florist, a tailor and a hunchback girl.
245 Then I will kill Kalayavana, deliver Mucukunda, build the city of Dvaraka, and see a Rajasuya-yajna.
246 Then I will marry 16 100 princesses and defeat many enemies.
247 Then I will help My friends, burn Varanasi, make Siva yawn and cut Banasura’s arms.
248 I will forcibly take the Parijata tree, see many saintly sages when I go on pilgrimage, and perform many other activities.
249 While on pilgrimage I will speak with My friends and relatives, help My father perform a yajna, and, at an auspicious moment, see You again.
250 There I will also see the gopis and again I will teach You the truth of spiritual philosophy.
251 From that time We will never really be separated for even a moment of the day or night. Then, after some time, I will return to Vraja.
252 Beloved, during the hundred years We are separated We will meet in Our dreams again and again.
253 In My Narayana form I will go to Dvaraka for those hundred years. In that way I will enjoy My pastimes there.
254 Then I will return to live with You in the forest. Then I will wipe away all the sufferings of My parents and the gopas and gopis.
255 When I have removed the earth’s burden I will return to Goloka with the gopas, gopis and You.
256 O Radha, in My form as eternal Lord Narayana I will return to Vaikuntha with Laksmi and Sarasvati.
257 My various incarnations will return to Svetadvipa, the home of religion, and the partial incarnations of the demigods and demigoddesses will all return to their respective abodes.
258 Then You and I will again live in Goloka. Beloved, now I have told You everything both good and bad. Who can stop from happening what I have foretold?
259 After speaking these words, Lord Krishna had Radha rest against His chest. All the demigods and their wives were astonished.
260 Then Lord Krishna said to the demigods and demigoddesses: O demigods, please return to your homes and prepare for your mission.
261 O Parvati, please go to Mount Kailasa with your husband and sons. At the proper time you will execute the mission I have given you.
262 As I have said, you will take birth as a partial incarnation. You will not be accompanied by Ganesa, who is the lord of the great and the small.
263-4 Bowing down before Lord Krishna, the demigods happily returned to their homes. Then, bowing again before Lord Krishna and before Laksmi and Sarasvati, they went, eager to execute their mission, to the earth. Then Lord Krishna described Shri Radha’s mission, a mission beyond what the demigods can attain.
265 Lord Krishna said to Shri Radha: Accompanied by the many gopas and gopis I have already named, please go to King Vrsabhanu’s home.
266 Beloved, first I will go to Vasudeva’s home in Mathura, and then, on the pretext of fearing Kamsa, I will go to Gokula, where You will be.
267 Radha bowed down before Lord Krishna. Tormented with the thought of being separated from Her love, She wept, Her eyes now red lotus flowers, again and again.
268 She began to go and then She returned. Again and again and again and again She left, returned, and gazed and gazed at Lord Krishna’s face.
269 With the cakora birds of Her unblinking eyes saintly Radha drank the nectar moonlight of Lord Krishna’s face.
270 Seven times the supreme goddess Radha circumambulated Lord Krishna. Seven times She bowed down and respectfully stood before Him.
271 Then twenty-one billion gopis and ten million gopas came there.
272 O Narada, accompanied by the multitudes of gopas and gopis, Shri Radha bowed down before Lord Krishna and respectfully stood before Him.
273 Accompanied by Her thirty-three close friends and by the many gopas and gopis, beautiful Radha bowed down before Lord Krishna and then went to the earth.
274 Then Radha-gopi went to Vrsabhanu-gopa’s home, the place Lord Krishna arranged for Her in Nanda’s Gokula.
275 When Radha went with the gopas and gopis to the earth, Lord Krishna became eager to go there also.
276 After speaking to the gopas and gopis and giving them their various duties, Lord Krishna, the master of the universes, travelling as fast as the mind, went to Mathura.
277 Before all this Vasudeva and Devaki had six sons and Kamsa killed each one as soon as they were born.
278 By Lord Krishna’s order, Yogamaya pulled from Devaki’s womb the seventh embryo, who was an incarnation of Lord Sesa, and place it in Rohini’s womb in Gokula.