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Mathura:

Sri Krishna

Incarnating in the prison of Kamsha at Mathura: I meditate on Sri Krishna who incarnated in the prison of Kamsha as the son of Vasudeva and Devaki at night when it was very dark. Who appeared before Vasudeva and Devaki in the divine form of Vishnu with four arms and reminded them of their penances in the previous births to obtain him as their son (first as prajapati Sutapa and Prishni, second as sage Kashyapa and Aditi, and third this time). Who instructed Vasudeva and Devaki to constantly think of Him as the Supreme Brahman. Who then assumed the form of a child. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 3)


Yogamaya

Yogamaya incarnating at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna whose Shakti Yogamaya incarnated as the daughter of Nanda and Yashoda at Gokula. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 3)


Vasudeva carrying Krishna

Inspiring Vasudeva to exchange Him with Yogamaya at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who inspired Vasudeva to exchange Him with the daughter of Nanda Maharaj at Gokula during the night. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 3)


Yogamaya as Durga

Yogamaya manifesting as goddess Durga before Kamsha at Mathura: I meditate on Sri Krishna whose Shakti Yogamaya manifested as goddess Durga when Kamsha tried to kill the baby by dashing her on a stone. She told Kamsha that the Godhead who will kill him has been born in some other place. Then she disappeared. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 4)


Gokula:

Sri Krishna

Appearing as the son of Yashoda at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who appeared as the son of Nanda Maharaj and Yashoda at Gokula. Nanda Maharaj and Yashoda brought Him up as their own son. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 5)


Sri Krishna killing Putana

Killing Putana and liberating her at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed demoness Putana when she suckled Him with poison instead of milk. Putana assumed the form of a beautiful woman and entered the house of Nanda Maharaj. No one obstructed her seeing her great beauty. Sri Krishna understood the intention of Putana and closed his eyes as if afraid. Putana took Krishna in her lap and tried to suckle him with deadly poison. Sri Krishna however sucked out both the poison and life out of her. In great pain she assumed her normal huge form spanning several miles and fell down dead. But because Putana acted like a mother, Sri Krishna liberated her from the life of a demoness and gave her a place in the higher abode. When the residents of Vraja cut Putana's body and burnt it in pieces the smoke emanated a great fragrance which spread far and wide. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 6)


Sri Krishna overturning handcart

Overturning a handcart at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who overturned a handcart during the utthana ceremony by throwing his little legs upwards and scattered the utensils. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 7)


Sri Krishna

Appearing extremely heavy to mother Yashoda at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who one day appeared extremely heavy to mother Yashoda, heavier than a mountain peak, when she was patting him on her lap. She puts Krishna down, remembered Narayana and called the brahmanas to counteract the heaviness. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 7)


Sri Krishna killing Trinavarta

Killing demon Trinavarta at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed demon Trinavarta sent by Kamsha. The demon came as a whirlwind and carried off the child in the air raising a dust storm. Sri Krishna became heavier than the demon and choked his throat. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 7)


Sri Krishna showing the whole universe inside mouth

Showing mother Yashoda the whole universe at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who showed mother Yashoda the whole universe inside His mouth. It included the sky, higher planetary system, earth, sun, moon, fire, air, seas, mountains, rivers, forests and all kinds of living entities. Mother Yashoda became afraid and astonished. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 7)


Sri Krishna and Garga Muni

Performing of naming ceremony by Garga Muni secretly at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna whose naming ceremony was performed by Garga Muni secretly in the cow-shed of Nanda Maharaj. Garga Muni was the Kula-Guru of Yadu dynasty. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 8)


Sri Krishna performing childhood pranks

Performing various childhood pranks at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who performed various childhood pranks at Gokula. He stole butter, curd and milk along with other boys and shared it with monkeys. He also broke the pot of milk and curd kept high up and stole them. The gopis used to come to mother Yashoda and tell about the pranks of Sri Krishna. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 8)


Sri Krishna showing the whole universe inside mouth

Showing mother Yashoda the whole universe at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who showed mother Yashoda the whole universe inside His mouth. He first ate mud while playing, and when mother Yashoda opened His mouth, she saw the entire universe inside it. She saw the sky, outer space, planetary systems, mountains, islands, oceans and all moving and non-moving entities; she saw the senses, mind, three qualities, goodness, passion and ignorance; she saw natural instincts, reactions of karma, desires and different varieties of bodies; she saw the different aspects of cosmic manifestations along with herself and Vrindavana. Mother Yashoda became reverent and submissive to the Supreme Lord, but Sri Krishna made her forget this and return back to motherly attitude. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 8)


Sri Krishna allows mother Yashoda to bind him

Allowing mother Yashoda to bind him at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who allowed mother Yashoda to bind him to a mortar. One day Sri Krishna broke a pot, stole the butter and shared it with monkeys. Mother Yashoda caught Him and tried to tie Him with a rope. However, even after joining many ropes the length of the rope always fell short by two fingers. Finally, when mother Yashoda became tired, Sri Krishna allowed her to tie Him to a mortar. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 9)


Sri Krishna liberates Nalakuvara and Manigriva from a curse

Liberating Nalakuvara and Manigriva from a curse at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who liberated Nalakuvara and Manigriva who became Arjuna trees due to a curse of sage Narada. When mother Yashoda tied child Krishna to a mortar due to stealing butter, Sri Krishna moved the mortar between the Arjuna trees and uprooted them. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 10)


Sri Krishna and gopis

Allowing himself to be in complete control of the gopis at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who allowed himself to be in complete control of the gopis. The gopis clapped their hands and made Krishna sing and dance. Krishna behaved as if He was a wooden doll in their hands. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 11)


Sri Krishna and fruit-seller

Making a woman fruit-seller rich at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who made a woman fruit-seller rich. One day a woman fruit-seller came to sell fruits in Gokula. Sri Krishna bought the fruits by giving a handful of grains, most of which fell down while carrying. However the grains turned to gold and jewels inside the fruit basket and made the fruit-seller rich. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 11)


Vrindavana:

Sri Krishna leaves Gokula for Vrindavana

Leaving Gokula for Vrindavana at Gokula: I meditate on Sri Krishna who left Gokula for Vrindavana upon the suggestion of elders who were concerned about the repeated attacks by the demons. Vrindavana was between Nandesvara and Mahavana. Sri Krishna and Balarama were very pleased to see Vrindavana with Govardhana mountain and river Yamuna. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 11)


Sri Krishna killing demon

Killing a demon in the form of calf at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed a demon who took the form of a calf and hid himself within the cows. Sri Krishna caught hold of the hind legs and tail, and twirled the demon to death. Then He threw the demon on top of a kapittha tree. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 11)


Sri Krishna killing demon

Killing demon Bakasura at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed demon Bakasura who took the form of a gigantic duck and swallowed child Krishna. Sri Krishna became hot like fire inside the mouth of the demon, and made the demon throw Him out. Thereafter holding the two ends of the beak of the duck, Sri Krishna stretched the mouth of the duck, split it and killed the demon. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 11)


Sri Krishna killing demon Aghasura

Killing demon Aghasura at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed demon Aghasura who was the younger brother of Putana and Bakasura, and assumed the form of a huge python. Sri Krishna was then five years old. The python laid on the road with its mouth open in Vrindavana forest, appearing like a huge mountain with an open cave. All the cowherd boys entered inside the mouth of the python in a playful mood. Sri Krishna also entered the mouth and then enlarged Himself. The python suffocated, its eyes started rolling and its life breath departed splitting its head. When Aghasura died, all the demigods showered flowers on Krishna. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 12)


Sri Krishna humbling Lord Brahma

Humbling Lord Brahma at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who humbled Lord Brahma when he decided to test Him. Brahma hid all the calves and cowherd boys of Vrindavana. Sri Krishna understood this play of Brahma and created exactly similar calves and cowherd boys from Himself. Since the calves and cowherd boys were created from the essence of Krishna, the cowherd men and women of Vrindavana felt a special attraction for them. After one year, Lord Brahma was surprised to see the same calves and cowherd boys in Vrindavana which he himself had hidden. Brahma was bewildered and unable to understand. Sri Krishna lifted the veil from within him and showed that all were parts of Him. Brahma was humbled. He fell at the feet of Krishna and eulogised Him as the Supreme Lord. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 13 to 14)


Sri Krishna and Vrindavana forest

Playing with the cowherd boys in Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who played with the cowherd boys in the beautiful Vrindavana forest. The forest resounded with the sounds of bees, birds and animals. The lakes with clear water resembled the minds of great souls. The breeze made the atmosphere fragrant by carrying the fragrance of lotuses. The trees bent down with the weight of fruits and flowers. The peacocks danced around the forest and cuckoos sang with melodious voice. Sri Krishna and cowherd boys sometimes imitated the sounds of cuckoos, sometimes the sounds of parrots and sometimes the sounds of swans, and sometimes they imitated the dance of peacocks. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 15)


Sri Krishna killing ass-demons

Sri Krishna and Balarama killing Dhenukasura and other ass-demons in Talavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed Dhenukasura and other ass-demons with Balarama in Talavana. One day Sri Krishna and Balarama entered Talavana, a forest of palm trees which was protected by Dhenukasura and other ass-demons. Balarama shook the palm trees to drop the fruits. Dhenuka attacked Balarama with his powerful hind legs. Balarama caught hold of his hind legs and whirled him violently, thereby killing him. When the companion ass-demons attacked them, Sri Krishna and Balarama killed them all. The Talavana forest thus became free from the demons, and a place of enjoyment for the cowherd boys. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 15)


Sri Krishna subduing serpent Kaliya

Sri Krishna freeing river Yamuna from poisonous serpent Kaliya at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who freed river Yamuna from the poisonous serpent Kaliya. To subdue Kaliya, one day Sri Krishna climbed a high Kadamba tree and jumped inside the water of river Yamuna. Sporting inside the water, Sri Krishna finally came face to face with that dreadful serpent. Kaliya bit the Lord on the chest and encircled Him within his coils. For sometime Sri Krishna remained motionless. Seeing this, the cowherd men and women who had assembled on the river bank became filled with sorrow. Seeing their distress Sri Krishna enlarged His body and freed Himself from the coils of Kaliya. Then He subdued Kaliya and danced over its hoods. All the celestial beings assembled to see this divine spectacle and danced with Sri Krishna. Finally the wives of Kaliya and Kaliya himself surrendered to the Lord and asked for forgiveness. Sri Krishna told Kaliya to leave the river and go to the sea with the entire family. Sri Krishna told Kaliya to go back to the Ramanaka Island which he formerly left due to the fear of Garuda. Now Garuda will not harm him since the footprints of the Lord has been imprinted on his head. When Kaliya left, the water of river Yamuna got restored to its original purity. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 16)


Sri Krishna swallowing the forest fire

Sri Krishna swallowing the forest fire at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who swallowed the forest fire which engulfed Vrindavana. After the Kaliya incident when Sri Krishna came out of the river Yamuna unharmed the people of Vrindavana became extremely happy. Due to weakness from hunger and thirst, they spent that night on the bank of river Yamuna. That night, a great forest fire blazed within the summer forest of Vrindavana and completely engulfed the inhabitants of Vrindavana. The residents took shelter of Sri Krishna. Sri Krishna swallowed the forest fire and saved the residents of Vrindavana. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 17)


Sri Krishna

Sri Krishna's presence making the summer of Vrindavana like spring at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna whose presence made the summer of Vrindavana like spring. When summer season arrived at Vrindavana, due to the presence of Sri Krishna, it manifested the qualities of spring. The waterfalls sprayed and moistened the trees. The wind gently blew over the lakes and rivers and carried the pollen with its moisture and made Vrindavana cool. Abundant fresh green grass and flowers filled the forests of Vrindavana. The rivers kept the banks damp and muddy so that the summer sun cannot make the earth dry. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 18)


Balarama killing demon Pralamba

Sri Krishna and Balarama killing demon Pralamba at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna and Balarama who killed demon Pralamba who entered their group in the guise of a cowherd boy. Sri Krishna understood this and tactfully played a game dividing the cowherd boys into two groups. The losing group needed to carry the members of the winning group on their back As part of this game, Pralamba carried Balarama on his back. Pralamba tried to kidnap Balarama and carry him off to a far-off place. Balarama became heavy and slowed down Pralamba. When Pralamba assumed his gigantic demon form, Balarama broke his head with his powerful fist and thereby killed him. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 18)


Sri Krishna swallowing forest fire

Swallowing forest fire at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who swallowed a forest fire and saved the cowherd boys. One day when Sri Krishna was playing with the cowherd boys in Vrindavana, the cattle strayed off to a far-off place. Following the hoof-marks of the cattle, the cowherd boys reached a far-off forest. A forest fire engulfed them. The cowherd boys took refuge of Sri Krishna and prayed to save them. Sri Krishna told them to close their eyes, and then swallowed the forest fire. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 19)


Sri Krishna and Vrindavana forest

Playing in Vrindavana and rainy and autumn seasons arriving at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who played in Vrindavana as rainy and autumn seasons arrived there. During the rainy season, the sky was covered with dense blue clouds accompanied by lightning and thunder. Fierce winds shook the clouds. The frogs started croaking. The grass became greener and various vegetation appeared on the earth. The rainbow appeared on the sky. The peacocks dances with joy. The cranes dwelt on the shore of the lakes. The clouds released their nectarine water for the welfare of the living beings. When the autumn season arrived, the sky became clear. The mud dried up. The lakes became silent. The beautiful autumn moon adorned the sky. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 20)


Sri Krishna playing flute

Sri Krishna's flute captivating the gopis during the autumn season at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna the melody of whose flute captivated the gopis in the Vrindavana forest during the autumn season. During autumn season the Vrindavana forest was decorated with clear lakes over which lotus flowers grew. The cool breeze spread the fragrance of the lotus flowers in the surroundings. The entire Vrindavana forest with its lakes, rivers and hills resounded with the sounds of bees and birds. Sri Krishna was decorated with peacock feather on His head and blue karnikara flowers on His ears. His yellow garment shone like gold. He wore a Vaijayanti garland. Sri Krishna played His flute whose melody captivated the gopis. They glorified that melody. The peacocks danced when they heard Krishna's flute. The deers looked with love and affection. The wives of the demigods were filled with lust. The birds listened to the music with closed eyes. The river water became agitated and moved around in whirlpools. Their waves offered lotus flowers at the feet of Krishna. The living entities became stunned. The non-moving trees trembled with ecstasy. The gopis described the sound of flute of Sri Krishna in this manner. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 21)


Sri Krishna stealing the garments of the gopis

Stealing the garments of the gopis at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who stole the garments of the gopis in Vrindavana. During the winter season of Vrindavana, the young unmarried gopis worshipped Goddess Katyayani and prayed to get Krishna as their husband. One day when they were bathing in river Yamuna before worshipping the Goddess, Sri Krishna stole their garments and climbed up a kadamba tree. When the gopis discovered that Sri Krishna had stolen their garments, they pleaded to Sri Krishna to return those. Sri Krishna scolded them for bathing in the river naked during the vow to the Goddess. Also to counteract this sin, Sri Krishna told them to come out of the river naked and collect their clothes. After much pleading, the gopis finally complied with what Sri Krishna had asked them to do. Sri Krishna told them that their vow will be fulfilled and they will enjoy His company. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 22)


Sri Krishna and Vrindavana

Praising the unselfishness of Trees near Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who praised the unselfishness of Trees. During childhood, one day Sri Krishna strayed away quite far from Vrindavana while tending the cows. He saw the trees protecting Him from the intense heat of the sun. Sri Krishna praised the trees and said that their lives were dedicated for the benefit of others. They tolerated the wind, rain, heat and snow and protected others with their shade. They fulfill the desires of others with their leaves, flowers, fruits, shade, roots, bark and woods, and also with their fragrance, sap, ashes, pulp and shoots. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 22)


Sri Krishna

Asking food from the brahmanas to test them near Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who asked food from the brahmanas and humbled them. During childhood, one day Sri Krishna and the cowherd boys strayed quite far from Vrindavana. The cowherd boys were hungry and asked Sri Krishna to arrange for food. Sri Krishna told them to go to a sacrificial arena nearby where some brahmanas were performing Angirasa sacrifice to go to heaven, and ask food from them. The cowherd boys asked food from the brahmanas for Sri Krishna and Balarama but the brahmanas did not pay any heed to their request. The cowherd boys returned disappointed. Then Sri Krishna told them to ask food from the wives of the brahmanas. When the cowherd boys went to the wives of the brahmanas and told them about Sri Krishna and Balarama, they eagerly came to see Krishna with several food items, inspite of being forbidden by husbands and relatives. Sri Krishna blessed them for their simple-hearted devotion and told them to chant His names and meditate on Him. The brahmanas later repented for their behaviour. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 23)


Sri Krishna

Asking elders to worship Govardhana Hill instead of Indra at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who asked the elders to worship the Govardhana Hill instead of Indra. Once the elders of Vrindavana were arranging for a sacrifice to please Indra deva to get rains. Sri Krishna told them to stop the sacrifice and instead perform the sacrifice for the Govardhana Hill, and for the benefit of brahmanas and the cows. Sri Krishna told them that the lives of human beings were the result of their karma and Indra has no power to alter it. He also told them that one should pay obeisance to one's real benefactor which in their case was the Govardhana Hill, the brahmanas and the cows. The cowherd men agreed and worshipped the Govardhana Hill. Sri Krishna assumed the gigantic form of the deity of the Govardhana Hill and accepted their offerings. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 24)


Sri Krishna lifting the Govardhana Hill

Lifting the Govardhana Hill and sheltering the people of Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who lifted the Govardhana Hill and protected the people of Vrindavana from the fury of rains unleashed by Indra. When Indra saw that the cowherd men had stopped his worship, he became very angry. Indra asked the wind and rain gods to let loose the fury of rains and submerge Vrindavana to teach a lesson to the cowherd men. Heavy rain ensued which created a havoc in Vrindavana submerging the lands. All took refuge in Sri Krishna. Sri Krishna lifted the Govardhana Hill with one hand and told the people of Vrindavana to take shelter under it. For seven days Sri Krishna held up the Govardhana Hill and provided shelter to the people and the cattle of Vrindavana. Seeing this divine play, the pride of Indra (of being the supreme controller) was shattered and he stopped the rains. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 25)


Sri Krishna

Making the residents of Vraja ponder over His real nature at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna whose supernatural deeds made the residents of Vraja ponder over His real nature. The residents of Vrindavana pondered over the many supernatural deeds of Sri Krishna and their great attraction towards Him. They went to Nanda Maharaj and asked Him about the real nature of Sri Krishna. Nanda Maharaj told them what Garga Muni had previously said about the divine nature of Krishna; that the child of Nanda is as good as Narayana Himself. Hearing this the residents of Vrindavana worshipped Sri Krishna. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 26)


Sri Krishna

Indra and mother Surabhi coming to worship Krishna at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who was worshipped by Indra and mother Surabhi. When Sri Krishna lifted the Govardhan Hill, the pride of Indra (of thinking himself as the supreme controller) was shattered. Indra and mother Surabhi came down from their celestial abode to Vraja. They eulogised Sri Krishna and worshipped Him as the Supreme Being. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 27)


Sri Krishna

Rescuing Nanda Maharaj from the abode of Varuna at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who rescued Nanda Maharaj from the abode of Varuna deva. Once Nanda Maharaj entered river Yamuna for bathing after fasting on the ekadasi day and worshipping Lord Janardhana. A servant of Varuna deva captured Nanda Maharaj since he entered the river during an inauspicious time. The servant took Nanda Maharaj to the abode of Varuna deva. Not seeing Nanda Maharaj, the cowherd men took refuge of Sri Krishna. Sri Krishna went to the abode of Varuna deva. Varuna deva worshipped Sri Krishna and eulogized Him as the Supreme Godhead, and asked for pardon for inadvertently capturing Nanda Maharaj. Sri Krishna became pleased with Varuna deva and returned with Nanda Maharaj. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 28)


Sri Krishna

Showing a glimpse of His transcendental abode to cowherd men at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who showed a glimpse of His transcendental abode to the cowherd men. After Sri Krishna rescued Nanda Maharaj from the abode of Varuna deva, the cowherd men understood that Sri Krishna was the Supreme Godhead. However they doubted whether Sri Krishna will bestow them the transcendental abode. Sri Krishna understood their thoughts and showed them a glimpse of His transcendental abode. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 28)


Sri Krishna Raasa Leela

Attracting the gopis and enjoying the pastimes during the autumn night at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who attracted the gopis and enjoyed His pastimes during the autumn night at Vrindavana. During the autumn night in Vrindavana, when the moon was showering its cool rays, Sri Krishna went to the Vrindavana forest and played melodious tunes on His flute attracting the gopis. The gopis left all their household works and immediately rushed to the Vrindavana forest. Sri Krishna told them to go back but they resolved to stay with Krishna leaving aside their near and dear ones at home. Sri Krishna graced the gopis by enjoying His pastimes with them on the bank of river Yamuna. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 29)


Sri Krishna Raasa Leela

Disappearing while enjoying His pastimes with the gopis at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who disappeared while enjoying His pastimes with the gopis at Vrindavana. When Sri Krishna was enjoying His pastimes with the gopis in the Vrindavana during the autumn night, the gopis felt proud of themselves. Immediately Sri Krishna disappeared from the scene leaving them alone. The gopis fervently searched for Krishna in the forest. They also played among themselves the various deeds of Krishna. Finally they came back to the bank of river Yamuna and sang about Sri Krishna hoping that Krishna will come back. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 30)


Sri Krishna Raasa Leela

Reappearing among the gopis at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who reappeared among the gopis at Vrindavana after disappearing for sometime. The gopis sang about Sri Krishna in His absence pouring their heart-felt love for Him. Sri Krishna reappeared in Vrindavana after sometime and resumed His pastimes. Sri Krishna said that He does not immediately reciprocate the affection of living beings only to intensify their loving devotion. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 32)


Sri Krishna Raasa Leela

Performing the dance of Rasa with the gopis at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who performed the dance of Rasa with the gopis of Vrindavana. The pastimes of Sri Krishna reached its climax with the dance of Rasa in Vrindavana. The gopis arrayed themselves in a circle. Sri Krishna multiplied Himself and individually danced with each gopi. The demi-gods watched the divine play of the Lord with wonder. They played various musical instruments and showered flowers from above. Sri Krishna danced and moved with the gopis, sometimes entering the waters of river Yamuna and sometimes moving within the forests. The gopis became completely engrossed with the love of Krishna, their mundane bonds of the world having broken. The night of the Rasa ended. Sri Krishna told the gopis to return home. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 33)


Sri Krishna

Saving Nanda Maharaj from the clutches of a huge snake at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who saved Nanda Maharaj from the clutches of a huge snake at Vrindavana. One day the cowherd men went to the Ambika forest to worship Lord Shiva and goddess Ambika on the bank of river Saraswati. At night a huge snake came there and started swallowing Nanda Maharaj. When Nanda Maharaj cried out to Krishna, Sri Krishna arrived there and touched the snake with His foot. The snake was actually a vidyadhara named Sudarshana who was cursed by the sages. Sudarshana got back his celestial body by the touch of Sri Krishna. He eulogized Sri Krishna and returned to his abode. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 34)


Sri Krishna

Killing Sankhachuda at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed Sankhachuda, a servant of Kubera. Once Sri Krishna and Balarama were playing with the gopis in the forest. Sankhachuda, a servant of Kuvera came there and tried to drive off the gopis. When the gopis cried out to Krishna, Sri Krishna chased Shankhachuda, killed him and took away his shining crest jewel. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 34)


Sri Krishna

Flute creating wondrous environment at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna whose flute created a wondrous environment in Vrindavana. It amazed the siddhas and the ladies travelling through the sky. It captivated the bulls, deers and cows of Vraja who stopped eating their food and held up their ears to listen to the music. It broke the flow of the river which waited for the wind to bring the dust of His Lotus Feet. It made the trees and creepers bow down with ecstatic love, and made their branches laden with fruits and flowers to gave out honey. It maddened the swarms of bees and captivates the minds of cranes, swans and other birds who meditated on Him in silence. It made the clouds offer Him shade and rained down flowers. It made Brahma, Shiva and Indra bow down to that music. It captivated the gopis and made them stand still like trees. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 35)


Sri Krishna killing Arishta

Killing demon Arishta at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed demon Arishta who was in the form of a huge bull. The bull frightened the residents of Vraja. Its roar made the pregnant women and cows have miscarriages. The domestic animals fled the pasture. Sri Krishna challenged Arishta. When Arishta charged Him with his horns in fury, Sri Krishna took hold of the horns, and threw the bull. Then uprooting one horn He thrashed the bull and killed it. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 36)


Sri Krishna killing Keshi

Killing demon Keshi at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed demon Keshi who was in the form of a large horse. Keshi attacked Sri Krishna with his front legs. Sri Krishna caught hold of his legs and threw the demon far away. When Keshi attacked him again, Sri Krishna thrust his arm in the horse's mouth and expanding the arm suffocated Keshi to death. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 37)


Sri Krishna

Killing demon Vyoma at Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed demon Vyoma, the son of demon Maya while the cowherd boys were playing the game of stealing and hiding. Vyoma assumed the form of a cowherd boy and stole the other cowherd boys who were playing the role of sheep. Vyoma locked the cowherd boys inside a cave and closed its entrance with a boulder. Sri Krishna caught hold of Vyoma who assumed his original form and tried to free himself. However he was unable to do so. Sri Krishna then threw the demon on the ground and killed him. Thereafter he released the cowherd boys from the cave. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 37)


Mathura:

Sri Krishna

Leaving Vrindavana for Mathura from Vrindavana: I meditate on Sri Krishna who left Vrindavana for Mathura with maternal uncle Akrura who was sent by king Kamsha to bring them to Mathura. The gopis of Vraja lamented due to their separation from Krishna. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 38)


Sri Krishna showing vision to Akrura

Showing the vision of Lord Vishnu to Akrura between Vrindavana and Mathura: I meditate on Sri Krishna who showed the vision of Lord Vishnu to Akrura on the way to Mathura, when Akrura entered river Yamuna for bathing. Akrura saw the Lord, dark-blue in complexion lying on serpent Ananta and served by intimate devotees. Akrura went into ecstasy with the hairs of his body standing on its end and tears flowing from his eyes. In that state, Akrura joined his palms and with choked voice eulogized the Lord. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 39 to 40)


Sri Krishna

Captivating the residents of Mathura: I meditate on Sri Krishna who captivated the residents of Mathura who left their works to get a glance of Him and extended Him a hearty welcome. Who punished an arrogant washer-man of the king who refused to give clothes and blessed a humble weaver who offered Him clothes out of devotion. Who then went to the house of garland-maker Sudama, accepted his hospitality and garlands of fresh flowers, and blessed him. Thereafter Who cured the hunchback woman Trivakra, who offered fragrant oinments to Him, and made Her form beautiful again. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 41 to 42)


Sri Krishna

Breaking the sacrificial bow of Kamsha at Mathura: I meditate on Sri Krishna who broke the sacrificial bow of Kamsha by stringing it and breaking it into two pieces. He, along with Balarama, then killed the guards and soldiers of Kamsha who attacked Him, by striking them with the two halves of the bows. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 42)


Sri Krishna killing Kuvalayapida

Killing elephant Kuvalayapida at Mathura: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed the elephant Kuvalayapida who blocked His way while entering the wresting arena of Kamsha. After playfully fighting with the elephant for sometime, he threw the elephant on the ground by holding its trunk, uprooted a tusk and killed the elephant with it. He along with Balarama then entered the wrestling arena of Kamsha with a mighty gait, each holding a tusk. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 43)


Sri Krishna killing wrestlers

Killing the wrestlers of Kamsha at Mathura: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed the wrestlers of Kamsha along with Balarama in the wrestling arena. Sri Krishna first wrestled with Canura and killed him. Balarama similarly killed Mustika. Thereafter Krishna killed Shala and Toshala and Balarama killed Kuta. All the remaining wrestlers then fled the arena. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 44)


Sri Krishna killing Kamsha

Killing Kamsha at Mathura: I meditate on Sri Krishna who killed Kamsha after killing the wrestlers in the wrestling arena. After killing the wrestlers of Kamsha, Sri Krishna jumped up the royal dais where Kamsha was sitting, dragged him down to the wrestling arena and thereafter killed him. He then killed the younger brothers of Kamsha who attacked Him. Finally He released Devaki and Vasudeva from imprisonment and offered them respects. Devaki and Vasudeva stood with joining palms knowing Krishna to be the Lord. Lord Krishna then made Ugrasena, his maternal grandfather, the king of the Yadus. He brought back the close family members who fled out of the fear of Kamsha. He also made Nanda Maharaj return back to Vraja. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 44 to 45)


Avanti:

Sri Krishna

Becoming disciple of Sandipani Muni at Avanti: I meditate on Sri Krishna who became the disciple of Sandipani Muni at Avanti to learn the various arts. Vasudeva performed the second birth initiation of Krishna and Balarama. Then Krishna and Balarama approached Sandipani Muni to become his disciple and learn the various arts. Sandipani Muni taught them the Vedas, Upanishads, Dhanur-Veda, Law, Reasoning and various other subjects. Sri Krishna and Balarama learned the sixty-four arts and skills in sixty-four days (and amazed their guru). (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 45)


Sri Krishna

Returning the dead son of Sandipani Muni at Avanti: I meditate on Sri Krishna who returned the dead son of Sandipani Muni as guru dakshina. After learning the sixty-four arts, Sri Krishna asked Sandipani Muni for guru-dakshina. Considering his superhuman power, Sandipani Muni asked the dakshina of returning his dead son who died in the ocean at Prabhasa. Sri Krishna went to Prabhasa and asked the ocean God to return the son of Sandipani Muni. The ocean god said that a demon named Panchajana (in the form of conch) had taken away the son. Sri Krishna entered the ocean and killed Panchajana, but could not find the boy inside his stomach. He took way the conch-shell around the demon's body and went to the capital of Yamaraja at Samyamani. Yaamraja brought the son. Sri Krishna returned him to his guru and fulfilled his guru-dakshina. Sri Krishna then returned to Mathura and brought happiness to the people. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 45)


Sri Krishna

Sending Uddhava to Vraja: I meditate on Sri Krishna who sent His friend Uddhava to Vraja to relieve the suffering of separation of the gopis. Uddhava stayed there for several months and gave joy to the gopis and the people of Gokula by recollecting the pastimes of Sri Krishna. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 47)


Sri Krishna

Visiting the house of Trivakra at Mathura: I meditate on Sri Krishna who visited the house of Trivakra (as promised earlier) and satisfied her desire. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 48)


Sri Krishna

Visiting the house of Akrura at Mathura: I meditate on Sri Krishna who visited the house of Akrura, accepted his hospitality, and told him to visit Hastinapura to get the news of the Pandavas. (Srimad Bhagavatam - Skanda 10 - 48)



Meditation on Earth and Life: >>



Om, May there be Peace in Heaven,
May there be Peace in the Sky,
May there be Peace in the Earth,

(Shanti Mantra of Upanishad)


Preserve Nature,
And Nature will preserve Us,
Simplify Life,
And help Nature thrive,
Plant Trees,
And make our planet Green.

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Green Message: The Evergreen Messages of Spirituality, Sanskrit and Nature

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