Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana Book 10 Chapter 21:1-8

Book 10: Twenty-one Chapter (First Half)

Srimad Bhagvata Mahapurana: Book 10: Chapter 21: Verses 1-8
The Song Inspired by the Flute

According to Hindu astronomy the four months of the rainy season are regarded as inopportune for commercial trips, expeditions for extending one's dominions, marriages and rambling on the part of recluses. Sri Suka began again : Accompanied by cows and cowherd boys. Sri Krsna (the immortal Lord) entered deep into the aforesaid forest with its waters made transparent by the autumn and fanned by a breeze charged with the fragrance of lotus-beds. Having entered the forest-the lakes and streams as well as the mountains of which were resonant with the sweet warbling of birds and the (sweet) humming of bees, intoxicated by (the presence of) rows of trees in full bloom-and pasturing the cows in the company of Balarama and (other) cowherds, Lord Sri Krsna (the Protector of the Madhus) sounded His flute. Hearing that (entrancing) music of Sri Krsna's flute-which kindled love (in their heart)-some women of Vraja proceeded to celebrate it in song before their female companions (all) out of His sight. Recalling the (loving) gestures of Sri Krsna while commencing to describe the music, they (however) could not, their mind being distracted by the vehemence of love, 0 protector of men.
Exhibiting (before their mental eyes) an exquisite form resembling that of an actor (on the stage), adorned with a crest of peacock feathers, wearing Kamikara flowers on His ears, a wreath of flowers of five different colours and a golden cloth (round his loins), and filling the holes of His flute with the nectar of His lips (as it were), the Lord (they felt) entered Vrndavana, charming with His footprints (found at every step), His glory being sung by hosts of cowherd boys. Hearing, 0 Pariksit the (said) music of His flute, captivating to the mind of all living beings, and celebrating it (in the following strain), all those women of Vraja mentally embraced the Lord. The Gopis sang : This is the prize for those who have eyes, friends; and we know of no greater prize than that enjoyed by those who have feasted their eyes on the countenance-playing on the flute and casting loving glances (all round)--of the two sons of Nanda (the lord of Vraja) as They lead the cattle along with their playmates (the cowherd boys). Singing at times amidst a circle of cowherd boys, and picturesquely clad in a garment fitted closely with tender mango leaves, peacock feathers and bunches of flowers (tucked to the curly locks), a pair of lilies (fastened to the ears), a lotus (held in the right hand) and a garland (worn about the neck), (the two Brothers looked most charming like a pair of excellent actors on the stage.



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