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First Canto
Part I: 9780972837286
Part II: 9780970837293
Part III: 9781934405048
Second Canto
Part I: 9781934405055
Part II: 9781934405062
Part III: 9781934405116
Third Canto
978193405123
Fourth Canto
Part I: 9781934405130
Part II: 9781934405147
Fifth Canto
Part I: 9781934405215
Part II: 9781934405222
Part I: 9781934405246
Sixth Canto
Part I: 9781934405253
Part II: 9781934405284
Part III: 9781934405277
Seventh Canto
Part I: 9781934405284
Part II: 9781934405307

About the Author

Danavir Goswami (Dr. Dane Holtzman) was born in Los Angeles in 1949. He studied sociology and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While there he excelled in athletics and was selected the Most Valuable Player of 1970 (indoor volleyball) by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and won the international 2-man beach volleyball tournament at Santa Cruz.

One June 11,1970, he met His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and received initiation from him in February of 1971. Later that year, he was appointed temple president of the Portland, Oregon branch of ISKCON. Then he became the national sales manager for ISKCON’s Spiritual Skey Scented Products Company, until he was asked to institute the World’s first Bhakta Program in October of 1974 at the Los Angeles temple. Under the direction of Srila Prabhupada, Danavir Goswami proceeded to inaugurate Bhakta Programs elsewhere in America, Europe, Africa, India, etc. Presently this Comprehensive educational system for new devotees is standard throughout ISKCON.

In 1980, Danavir Goswami inaugurated Friends of Lord Krishna (Folk), a lay congregational network in the UK, likely the Society’s first. Thereafter he became director of ISKCON Scotland, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Holland and Belgium. In 1987, he was elected to ISKCON’s thirty-man world Governing Body Commission and authorized as an initiating spiritual master.

In 1989, he returned to America to co- direct Krishna Fest, a national travelling Vedic cultural festival which included music, lectures and multimedia theatre. In the 1999’s he commissioned the establishment of a permanent center in Osafia, Israel to teach Israeli Druze about Krsna consciousness.

He has earned the Bhakti- sastri and Bhakti-vaibhava degrees from ISKCON and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Vaisnava Philosophy and Vaisnava Administration in 1996 from the Florida Vedic College. Danavir Goswami has taught courses in five major universities, lectured at over 100 colleges and many diverse religious institutions, and appeared on numerous TV and radio talk shows. He currently serves as inaugural president of Rupanuga Vedic College (RVC) in Kansas City, Missouri.

Danavir Goswami has authored many books as listed on page ii of this book.

First Canto

Part I: Krsna's Planet









Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xxvii
Regarding the Merit of Garga-samhitaxxvii
Garga-samhita Mahatmya xxix
Narada Inspires Garga for the Creation of the Samhitaxxxix
The Sage Garga Composes the Garga-samhitaxli
The Merit and Method of Listening xlii
Listening to Garga-samhita, King Pratibahu Gets a Son xliv
Radha and Krsna Personally Appear at the Recitation xlv
Siva Speaks to Parvati about Garga-samhitaxlvi
Chapter One
Description of Sri- Krsna's Glories 1
Obeisances to the Lord and the Spiritual Masters 1
Six Questions to Sri Suta Gosvami 2
Garga Mentions the Name of Radha 6
Sri Garga Muni Meets Saunaka Muni 10
How Often Does Lord Visnu Descend to this World? 16
One's Sins are Removed by Hearing about the Lord 19
Magicians Cannot Compare to the Master of Mysticism 22
The Definition of Amsamsa 25
Bhagavad-gita Recommends a State of Elevated Consciousness 28
Garbhodakasayi Visnu Expands Himself as Brahms 31
Lord Krsna in the Womb of Devaki 34
Incarnations Appear in Every Millennium 37
Demons are Relegated by Expansions of Visnu 40
Why Should God Come to Earth? 43
Will He Appear Before Me? 46
A Discussion Before the Battle of Kuruksetra 49
Chapter Two
Description of the Abode of Sri Goloka 51
Devotees Perform Penances to Achieve the Highest Position 52
Siva Accompanies the Demigods on a Spiritual Journey 55
A Visit to Svetadvipa, the Abode of the Collective Super soul 58
The Demigods See Universes Bobbing in The Karana Ocean 61
The Spiritual World is Opposite to the Material World 64
Devotional Service is the Highest Religious Principle 67
The Demigods Recognize their Subordinate Position 70
The Demigods are Surprised 73
Lord Trivikrama's Toenail Broke a Hole in the Universe 77
The Thousand-Petalled Lotus 81
Goloka, the Misery-Free Abode 84
Where the Cows have Gold-Plated Horns 87
The Demigods Enter the Lord's Personal Forest Grove 90
The Supreme Lord has No Business to Perform 94
Chanting Hare Krsna Removes the Dust and Rust from the Heart 97
Chapter Three
Description of the Lord's Appearance 100
A Helmet as Dazzling as the Sun 100
The Half-Man Half-Lion Incarnation 108
The Lord with Four Arms 117
Air is Among the Twenty-Four Material Elements 126
The Demigods Prostrate Themselves 132
The Mystery of Sri Caitanya's Reva River 146
Chapter Four
Description of Questions About the Lord's Appearance 157
The Lord Selects His Cast 167
Sabara Women Become Fortunate 171
Transcendental Intoxication 180
Sita's Svayamvara Ceremony 190
The Married Women of Mithila Will Become Gopis 193
Rama Kills Nocturnal Demons 215
Is Deity Worship Idol Worship? 218
Lord Ramacandra is Untinged by Anger 221
Chapter Five
The Lord's Appearance 223
The Ability to Know Past, Present and Future 228
The Extraordinary Gigantic Fish Attracts Varuna's Daughters 234
The Highest Form of Meditation 237
The Rasa Dance-by Invitation Only 241
All These Kings Existed in the Past 246
Chapter Six
Description of Kamsa's Strength 257
Bahulasva Asks Questions about Kamsa 257
Drinking Durva-Grass Juice 260
The Return of Demon Kalanemi 263
The Great Wrestlers Meet Their Match 266
Kamsa Appears to be Unconquerable 269
Hiranyakasipu as a Role-Model for Demons 275
Nobody Defeats Parasurama 278
Demonic Diplomacy 282
Pride of Oil Production Fuel 288
Rediscovering Lord Sri Krsna 292
Trnavarta Surpasses Hurricane Katrina 295
Demon Baka Swallows His Opponents 299
Appendixes 301
About the Authors 303
About Srila Prabhupada 307
References 309
Glossary 311
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 323
Index of Sanskrit Verses 325
General Index 333
ISKCON Centers 371

Part II: Krsna Comes to Earth






Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xvii
Regarding the Merit of Garga-samhita
Chapter Seven
Description of the Conquest of All Directions1
Banasura's Lineage Traced from Bali Maharaja 7
Banasura as Worshipper of Lord Siva 11
The Bible Against Animal Slaughter 14
The Bible Recommends Fruits and Herbs as Food 17
Kamsa is Compared to a Lion 20
Kamsa's Extraordinary Body Described 25
Kamsa Defeats the Thunderbolt Weapon of Indra 28
Ksatriyas Commonly Attacked Chariot Drivers 31
The Battle Elephants' Rut was Flowing 37
Indra's Elephant Touches His Knees to the Ground 41
Kamsa chose Mathura as his Capital 48
Chapter Eight
Description of Sri Radhika's Birth 51
Bahulasva is Filled with Faith and Devotion to Lord Hari 51
Radhikas Birth is Not Through Ordinary Reproductive Processes 57
The Unparalleled Glory of Ravala 60
Brahma Delivers the child Radharani to Vrsabhanu 64
The Hare Krsna Chant Addresses Radharani Along with Krsna 72
Chapter Nine
Description of Vasudeva's Wedding 89
Vrndavana is Intimately Connected with Krsna 91
Brahmanas are Responsible for the Lord's Property 96
Betel Can be Offered to Lord Krsna 99
A Catastrophic Turn for Vasudeva's Marriage 121
Vasudeva Uses Diplomacy to save Devaki 125
Chapter Ten
Description of the Birth of Lord Balarama 129
Prophecy Predicts Kamsa's Death by Devaki's Eighth Son 132
Narada Calls the Integrity of the Demigods into Question 138
Mutiny in the Assembly Hall 144
Yogamaya Transfers Devaki's Seventh Fetus to Rohini's Womb 150
Vyasadeva Foretells Balarama's Future Exploits 159
Chapter Eleven
Description of Sri Krsnacandra's Birth 167
The Child Who is Feared by Fear Personified Takes Birth 169
The Demigods Go to Personally Offer Prayers to New Born Krsna 182
The Lord Appears as Visnu with His Natural Weapons 194
Vasudeva Exchanges Babies 203
Yogamaya Shocks Kamsa 211
Modern Society Emulates Kamsa's Baby-Killing 217
Demoniac Government Corrupts Four Goals of Life 225
Chapter Twelve
Description of Sri Nanda's Festival 227
Cleanliness and Punctuality in Deity Worship Stressed 232
Tilaka Markings as Meditation on Visnu Forms 238
Nandotsava Celebrated 242
God's Bluish Complexion Recognized by Religious Traditions 251
The Story of the Boy and Magic Yogurt 256
The Amazing Tale of Bilvamangala 262
Leaders from Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn Come to See Krsna 275
Chapter Thirteen
The Liberation of Putana 279
Vaisyas are Obliged to Pay Government Taxes 280
Putana Prepares Her Milky, Bitter Venom 283
The Witch's Body Expands for Miles 286
Protective Mantras for Baby Krsna Chanted 293
Chopping up the Snakelike Witch's Body 296
Putana's Previous Life 300
Appendixes 303
Sanskrit-The Mother Language 305
About the Authors 317
About Srila Prabhupada 321
References 323
Glossary 325
Index of Sanskrit Verses 343
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 353
Declension of Sanskrit Words 355
General Index 373
ISKCON Centers 401

Part III: Krsna the Butter Thief


Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xx
Chapter Fourteen
The Liberation of Sakatasura and Trnavarta 1
Devotional hearing of Lord Krsna's transcendental pastimes 2
Ceremonies for Krsna's Birthday 8
Crying of Baby Krsna Goes Unheard 11
Cart Demon Killed 14
The Cart Demon's Previous Life 19
Sage Lomasa's Curse Softened 23
Baby Krsna Too Weighty for His Mother 25
Trnavarta Enters 27
Trnavarta Killed 33
Gopis Chastise Yasoda 36
Brahmanas Perform Sacrifice to Protect Krsna 49
Brahmanas Rewarded 54
Trnavarta's Previous Life 55
Chapter Fifteen
Revelation of the Universal Form to Nanda's Wife' 59
Seeing the Universe Within His Mouth 62
Nanda and Yasoda's Previous Lives 65
Brahms Awards Drona and Dhara 73
Garga Muni Visits Nanda 77
Krsna's Name-giving Ceremony Performed 81
The Name "Krsna" Explained 84
Krsna's Previous Incarnations 90
Garga Muni Visits King Vrsabhanu 99
Garga Muni Suggests Radha Marry Krsna 106
Brahma to Perform the Wedding 114
Radha's Name Explained 119
Chapter Sixteen
Description of Sri Radhika's Wedding 127
Nanda Asks for Firm Devotion to Radha and Krsna 141
Arrival of Sri Brahma 151
Radha and Krsna's Expansions Described 155
Garlands Exchanged Between Bride and Groom 164
Brahma's Daksina is Devotion to Hari's Feet 168
Radha and Krsna Steal Each Other's Flute and Lotus 178
Krsna Becomes Infant Again 182
Chapter Seventeen
Description of the Yogurt Theft 189
Krsna and Balarama played with Sridama and Subala 204
Prabhavati Accuses Krsna of Stealing Butter 208
Krsna Captured by Prabhavati 218
Krsna Assumes Form of Prabhavati's Son 223
Chapter Eighteen
Vision of the Universal Form 227
The Six Vrsabhanus' Previous Identities 231
Krsna Accused of Eating Clay 236
Yasoda Sees Planets Within Her Son's Mouth 241
Chapter Nineteen
Breaking of the Two Arjuna Trees 245
Yasoda Ties Her Son to Grinding Mortar 251
Gopis Chastise Yasoda for Cruelty 255
Krsna Uproots Arjuna Trees 259
Gopas Don't Believe Boys' Story 265
Story of Nalakuvara and Manigriva 268
Chapter Twenty
Description of Durvasa Muni's Vision of the Maya Potency and Offering of Prayers to Nanda's Son 275
Durvasa Bewildered by Krsna 280
Durvasa Sees Viraja River 287
Durvasa Offers Obeisances to Krsna 295
Value of Reading This Book Described 304
Appendixes 307
About the Authors 309
About Srila Prabhupada 313
References 315
Glossary 317
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 332
Index of Sanskrit Verses 334
General Index 351
Declension of Sanskrit Words 355
General Index 373
ISKCON Centers 401

Second Canto

Part I: Krsna Enters Vrndavana

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xx
Chapter One
Description of the Entrance in Vrndavana 1
Nanda Calls Meeting About Disturbances 7
Sannanda Suggests Moving to Vrndavana 11
The Size of Mathura-mandala Given 15
Nandisvara Mountain Described 19
Glorification of Vrndavana from Sri Vraja-riti Cintamani 22
Story of Sankhasura Narrated 31
Sankhasura Strikes Lord Matsya With His Fist 35
Holy Places Come to Prayag 39
Prayag Becomes Angry at Insult 43
The Lord Declares Mathura-mandala His Home 47
Varaha's Lifting the Earth Described 51
Earth Goddess Sees Mathura-mandala 56
Chapter Two
Description of Giriraja Govardhana's Birth 61
The Lord Sends a Portion of His Abode to Earth 66
Govardhana Named King of Mountains 70
Sage Pulastya Described 73
Pulastya Requests to Have Govardhana 79
Govardhana's Size Given 85
Grief of Father Drona 88
Govardhana Placed in Vraja-mandala 94
Govardhana Tricks Pulastya 98
Chapter Three
Description of the Yamuna's Arrival 105
Yamuna Comes to Brahmaloka 110
Kalindi Assumes a Splendid Spiritual Form 114
Yamuna River Goes to Prayaga 118
Yamuna Invites Ganga to Ascend to Hari's Abode With Her122
Ganga Prepares to Go to Patalaloka 127
Yamuna Flows to Mount Lokaloka 131
Chapter Four
The Liberation of Vatsasura 137
King Vrsabhanu Moves to Vrndavana 141
Krsna and Balarama Given Charge of Calves 145
Krsna and Balarama Chase Birds' Shadows 149
Krsna Whirls Vatsasura 153
Vatsasura's Previous Life Described 158
Vasistha and His Cow Give Mercy 162
Chapter Five
The Liberation of Bakasura 167
Lord Siva Strikes Bakasura 171
Soma Strikes Bakasura 175
Bakasura Chases the Demigods 179
The Demon Merges into the Lord 183
Bakasura's Previous Life Narrated 187
Jajali's Curse 191
Jajali's Benediction 198
Chapter Six
The Liberation of Aghasura 203
Aghasura Killed 207
Astavakra Muni Insulted 213
Astavakra 's Curse/blessing 216
Mother Yasoda's Distress 219
Nanda Comforts Yasoda 223
Nanda's Charity 227
Chapter Seven
Kidnapping of the Calves and Cowherd Boys 229
Lunch With Krsna 232
Joking and Laughing During Lunch 240
The Calves Wander Away 248
Chapter Eight
Description of Seeing Lord Krsna 255
Gopis Embrace Their Sons 260
Cowherd Men Embrace Their Sons 268
Balarama Sees Krsna's Trick 272
Brahma Bewildered 280
Krsna Removes Illusion for Brahma 284
Vrndavana Revealed to Brahma 290
Appendixes 299
About the Authors 301
About Srila Prabhupada 305
References 307
Glossary 309
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 324
Index of Sanskrit Verses 326
General Index 345
ISKCON Centers 363

Part II: Krsna's Vraja Sports

Contents

Prefacexi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xx
Chapter Nine
Brahma's Prayers 1
Krsna as the king of Vraja and the Lord of Sri Radha 4
Sense happiness is like a firebrand 8
A devotee is like a smokeless flame 12
All Visnu expansions worship Lord Krsna 18
Krsna's shark-shaped earrings defeat Kamadeva 22
The Lord's reddish jewel nails worshipable 26
Lord Krsna's chest 30
Lord Visnu's crown 35
Brahma begs for forgiveness 38
Mystery revealed to Brahma 42
Brahma admits his lack of love for the Lord 46
Fortunate demigods can enter Vrndavana 51
Brahma asks permission to leave 58
Krsna returns to Vraja with the boys and calves 61
Chapter Ten
Description of Sri Krsna's Herding the Cows 65
Cows gaze at gazed at Krsna and Balarama 66
Millions of cows tended 71
Impersonalists or voidists become sick 77
Lord Krsna's beautiful appearance 81
Chapter Eleven
The Liberation of Dhenukasura 83
Dhenuka kicks Balarama's chest 88
Cowherd boys attack the demon 92
Govardhana Hill used as a weapon 96
Dhenuka attains Goloka 101
Durvasa disturbed 106
Chapter Twelve
Subduing Kaliya and Drinking the Forest Fire 111
Krsna dives into the poisoned water 114
The snake bites the Lord 119
The snake's wives appeal to Krsna 123
Kaliya et al sent to Ramanaka-dvipa 128
A great forest fire arrives at night 132
Chapter Thirteen
The Story of Sesa 137
The disagreemenet of Vedasira and Asvasira Muni 142
Sages become a crow and a snake 147
Kadru is Rohini 152
Sesa ordered to chant the Lord's glories 157
Snakes follow Ananta to Patalaloka 162
Chapter Fourteen
Description of Kaliya's Story 167
Kaliya consumes Garuda's food 171
Garuda attacks Kaliya 175
Kaliya asks Sesa for help 179
Saubhari's opulence 184
Sesa sends Kaliya to Vrndavana 188
Chapter Fifteen
Description of Sri Radha- Krsna's Falling in Love 191
Bahulasva's question 195
Narada appreciates the question 196
Lalita and Visakha speak privately with Radha 200
Radha gazes at Krsna 206
Lalita advises Radha 210
Lalita speaks to Krsna about Radha 215
Krsna explains Radha's position 220
Radha inquires from Her friend Candranana 224
Chapter Sixteen
The Worship of Tulasi 227
Results of serving tulasi 233
Tulasileaf outweighs Krsna 236
Tulasi's glories indescribable 243
Radha vows to worship tulasi 245
Demigods shower flowers on tulasi 251
Radha requests Tulasi for unalloyed devotion to Krsna 256
Chapter Seventeen
The Meeting of Sri Radha- Krsna 259
Krsna magically assumes the appearance of a young girl 264
Radha's girlfriends 269
Radha's palace courtyard 272
Radha embraces disguised Krsna 276
Radha attracted to Krsna despite His disguise 281
Gopadevata departs 289
Chapter Eighteen
The Sight of Sri Krsnacandra 291
Gopadevata unhappy 296
Charity extolled by Radha 300
Gopadevata's accusation against Krsna 305
Radha rebukes Gopadevata 308
Siva is mad after Krsna 312
No one dearer to Krsna than His devotee 317
A transcendental challenge 321
Appendixes 329
About the Authors 331
About Srila Prabhupada 334
References 337
Glossary 339
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 355
Index of Sanskrit Verses 357
General Index 369

Part III: The Rasa Dance

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Nineteen
The Rasa-dance Pastime 1
Lord Krsna Begins the Rasa Dance Pastime 3
The Glories of Goloka Manifest on Earth 5
Preparations by the Gopis 11
The Leaders of the Gopis Gather their Groups 15
Radharani's Eight Principle Companions Arrive 22
The Handsome Dancer Enjoys with Radha 25
Hiding Among the Forest Groves 28
The Dance Arena Along the Yamuna 32
Chapter Twenty
Rasa-lila Sports39
Krsna and the Gopis Enjoy at Govardhana 40
The Gopis Decorate Radha with Gifts 41
The Tired and Thirsty Gopis Find Relief in Krsna 53
Water Pastimes at Vetra-ganga in the Talavana Forest 57
Krsna's Splendid Decorations 60
Music and Dance amidst the Madhuvana Forest 65
Chapter Twenty- One
Recreation with the Gopis in the Forest 69
Krsna's Flute Enthralls His Devotees at Kamavana 71
Krsna Disappears from the Gopis at Nandisvara Hill 77
Radha and Krsna Enjoy Together in a Banyan Forest 85
Sixty-four Arts and Crafts Known by Srimati Radharani 87
Description of the Marks on Krsna's Lotus Feet 90
Another Set of Footprints 95
The Gopis Follow the Lotus Footprints into Kokilavana 98
Radha's Pride Departs Along with Krsna 104
The Gopis Console Srimati Radharani 106
Chapter Twenty- Two
The Gopis' Prayers to Krsna 109
The Gopis' Singing 112
Lotus-eyed Krsna Fulfills the Gopis' desire 122
As Many Forms as there were Gopis 125
Krsna Saves His Devotee, Hamsa 126
Radha and Krsna Transform into Laksmi and Narayana 132
All of the Vaikuntha Planets are Present in Vrndavana 134
Balarama Serves as Laksmi-narayana's Floating Couch 136
A Flute for a Flower 139
Radha and Krsna Decorate Each Other in Bhandiravana 142
Chapter Twenty- Three
The Killing of Sankhacuda 145
Krsna's Unique Feature as Dhira-lalita 146
Detailed Description of Lohajanghavana's Trees 148
Sankhacuda Challenges Kamsa to a Terrible Club Duel 150
Twenty-seven days of Hand-to-hand Combat 155
Gargacarya Stops an Unnecessary Fight 160
The Great Strength of Lord Siva's Blessings 165
Sankhacuda and Karnsa Encounter the Rasa Dance 170
Sankhacuda Kidnaps Satacandranana-gopi 175
Krsna and Sankhacuda Battle Using Sala Trees 178
Sridama Cursed by Radharani 180
The Five Faces of Siva 186
Lalita-madhava: Account of the Killing of Sankhacuda 190
Chapter Twenty- Four
The Story of Asuri Muni 217
Lord Krsna Transforms the Plants of Vrndavana into Gopis 216
Radha and Krsna Rest in a Kadamba Tree 220
Praying without Offenses 222
In Depth Analysis of the Ragas 225
Lord Krsna Decorates the Gopis 236
Asuri Muni Suddenly Loses Krsna's Presence 240
The Correct Process to Access Krsna 246
Asuri Muni Receives the Mercy of Lord Siva 252
Chapter Twenty- Five
Arrival of Siva and Asuri Muni as Gopis 259
The Guardians of the Rasa Dance 260
Lord Siva and Asuri Muni Transform into Gopis 264
The Special Gopis Glorify Lord Krsna 270
Benediction from a Deep Voice 275
Lord Siva and Asuri Muni's Residence at Vamsivata 280
Radha and Krsna Hurry Home 282
Chapter Twenty-Six
The Story of Sankacuda 285
Radha's Rival Induces Jealous Anger 288
Radha Reprimands Sridama 292
Fearful Viraja Transforms Herself into a River 293
Krsna Returns Viraja to a Personal Form 295
Viraja Curses Her Foolish Sons 299
From Seven Boys to Seven Oceans 302
Sridama Chastises Radha for Rejecting Krsna 307
Dueling Curses of Radha and Sridama 310
Krsna Upholds His Devotee's Vow 312
Sridama Exists as Sankhacuda 316
Appendixes 319
About the Authors 321
About Srila Prabhupada 325
References 327
Glossary 329
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 343
Index of Sanskrit Verses 345
General Index 355
General Index 369

Third Canto

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter One
The Worship of Sri Giriraja 1
Narada Muni Narrates the Pastime of Giriraja 3
Worship of the Demigods does not Bring Liberation 7
Govardhana Hill is Born from Lord Hari's Own Chest 11
Krsna Explains How to Worship Giriraja 15
The Sixteen Verses of the Purusa-sukta 17
Mantras for the Circumambulation of Giriraja 23
How to Worship Giriraja When One is Not Near Him 29
The Benefit of Serving Giriraja in the Form of a Stone 33
Chapter Two
The Great Festival of Sri Giriraja 39
Nanda and the Residents of Vraja Bring Offerings 41
The Previous Birth of the Gopis is Revealed 47
Lord Siva Arrives at the Circle of Govardhana Hill 51
Eight Primary Mystic Perfections 54
Mountain Kings Offer Obeisances to Giriraja 56
Even Lord Krsna Circumambulates Govardhana Hill 58
I Am This Hill 60
Chapter Three
The Lifting of Sri Govardhana 67
The Colorful Samvartaka Clouds Thunder with Anger 69
The Gopas and Their Families Take Shelter of the Lords 75
Krsna Playfully Holds Govardhana Hill Aloft 79
Sudarsana Cakra and Sesa Absorb the Flood 82
The Limit of Krsna's Tolerance 90
Only Krsna Can Lift Mountains 95
Chapter Four
The Coronation-Bathing of Sri Krsna101
Sri Indra Begs Forgiveness 107
Streams of Milk from the Surabhi Cow 111
The Melting Hill Receives Lotus Impressions 113
Manasa-ganga and Govinda-kunda Appear 117
Chapter Five
The Dispute Among the Gopas 125
Doubting the Unnaturally Strong Boy 127
Every Letter of Krsna's Name is Meaningful 133
Garga Muni Identifies Nanda's Son as the Supreme Personality141
Nanda's Attempt to Pacify Further Angers the Gopas 146
The Gopas Wield Their Leverage 150
The Eternal Queen of Lord Krsna Resides in Vrsabhanu's Home 154
The Final Proof 158
Chapter Six
The Test of Sri Krsna 161
King Vrsabhanu's Unparalleled Opulence 163
A Matchless Wedding Gift 167
The Supreme Gardener Relieves His Devotees 177
King Nanda's Immeasurable Opulence 180
Krsna Removes All Doubts 184
Chapter Seven
The Holy Places of Sri Giriraja 191
A Detailed List of the Holy Places on Govardhana Hill 196
The Moonlight of the Toll Pastime 203
Calculating Srinathaji's Exact Date 213
The Extraordinary Activities of Lord Srinathaji 218
Four Glorious Dhamas 224
Chapter Eight
The Opuleoces of Sri Giriraja 229
Description of the Limbs of Sri Giriraja 233
Benefits of Hearing about Sri Giriraja 239
Chapter Nine
The Birth of Sri Giriraja 243
Glorification of That Person who is above the Realm of Matter 246
Krsna Manifests Spiritual Varieties 252
How the Lord Manifests the Spiritual World 258
Radha's Friends Expand from Her 263
Sri Radha Requests an Arena 269
The Size of Sri Giriraja 274
Chapter Ten
The Glory of Sri Giriraja 281
The Story of Brahmana Vijaya 282
The Man-eater's Attack 284
Man-eater Liberated 288
The Liberated Soul Speaks 292
No Holy Place Will Ever Equal Govardhana Hill 299
The Story of Valmiki 303
Chapter Eleven
The Power of Sri Giriraja 313
The Liberated Soul's Past Lives 317
Yamaraja Instructs His Servants 333
Appendixes 339
About the Authors 341
About Srila Prabhupada 345
References 347
Glossary 349
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 359
Index of Sanskrit Verses 361
General Index 371

Fourth Canto

Part I: Ekadasi The Lord's Day

Contents

Preface xiii
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xix
Introduction xxiii
Chapter One
The Story of the Personified Vedas 1
A Description of the Personified Vedas 5
Sesasayi Visnu Blesses Personified Vedas to Appear as Gopis 9
Sri Vrndadevy-astaka by Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura 11
Krsna Visits the Gopis' Homes in the Dead of Night 14
Krsna Explains the Importance of the Spiritual Master 17
The Gopis' Desire to Serve Durvasa Muni 23
Krsna Gives a Special Mantra for Crossing the Yamuna 26
The Gopis Bring Fifty-six Kinds of Foodstuff for Durvasa 33
Durvasa Muni Gives Benedictions to the Gopis 39
Durvasa Offers a Mantra for Crossing the Yamuna 42
The Gopis Have Doubts About Durvasa's Muni's Mantra 44
Lord Krsna Explains Vedic Philosophy Regarding Surrender 50
Chapter Two
The Story of the Gopis that had been Sages 57
King Mangala's Wealth Destroyed 60
The Daughters of Pauper Mangala Enter Nanda's Circle 65
Yamuna Grants Mangala's Daughters Marriage to Krsna 67
Chapter Three
The Story of the Mithila Women 73
Lord Ramacandra Blesses the Women to Appear as Gopis 74
Lord Krsna Steals the Gopis' Clothes 77
The Gopis Retrieve Their Clothes 85
Chapter Four
The Story of the Kausala Women 89
Description of the Gopis' Love for Krsna 93
The Unique Position of the Gopis 99
Chapter Five
The Story of the Ayodhya Women 103
King Vimala's Wives Unable to Produce Children 106
King Vimala Shares His Grief with Sage Yajnavalkya 109
Yajnavalkya Foretells of Vimala's Offspring 112
Chapter Six
The Damsels of Ayodhya are Born in the House of King Vimala 121
Vimala Sends Messenger to Search for Vasudeva's Son 123
Messenger Receives News from the Residents of Mathura 126
Messenger Encounters a Dark, Handsome Boy near Yamuna 131
King Vimala Expresses Doubts to Sri Bhisma 134
Bhisma Reveals Identity of Krsna and Vimala's Daughters 138
Bhisma Instructs King Vimala to Give Daughters to Krsna 143
Chapter Seven
Sri Krsna Appears before Vimala after Getting His Message 147
The Messenger Offers Obeisances to and Glorifies Krsna 149
Lord Krsna Receives the Message from King Vimala 154
Krsna and the Messenger Descend upon King Vimala 161
King Vimala's Complete Surrender to Lord Krsna 165
Vimala and Daughters Attain Spiritual Forms Like Krsna's 168
The Creation and Glories of Vimala-kunda 172
Chapter Eight
In the Story of the Yajna-sitas, the Glories of Ekadasi 177
The Creation and Glories of Vimala-kunda 172
The Gopas from Dry Usinara Move to Vrndavana 180
Radha Recommends Ekadasi Fast to Attain Krsna's Favor 184
The Reason and Details for Observing Ekadasi Fasting 188
The Appearance of Ekadasi from Lord Visnu's Body 192
Details About the Procedure for Observing Moksa Ekadasi 196
Details About the Procedure for Observing Amalaki Ekadasi 198
Details About Procedure for Observing Papa-mocani Ekadasi 201
Details About Procedure for Observing Varutini Ekadasi 203
Details About the Procedure for Observing Apara Ekadasi 205
Details About the Procedure for Observing Nirjala Ekadasi 206
Details About the Procedure for Observing Kamani Ekadasi 208
Details About the Procedure for Observing Padma Ekadasi 210
Details About the Procedure for Observing Indira Ekadasi 211
Details About Procedure for Observing Pasankusa Ekadasi 213
Details About Procedure for Observing Utthana Ekadasi 214
Details About Procedure for Observing Padmini Ekadasi 217
Details About the Procedure for Observing Parama Ekadasi 220
Names of the Twenty-Six Ekadasis followed by Ambarisa 224
Sri Radha Explains The Rules for Observing Ekadasis 225
When the Guru's Instructions Supercede Vedic Injunctions 231
Summary of the Overall Vow of Ekadasi 233
Activities to Avoid on the Day After Ekadasi, Dasami Day 236
When Ekadasi Should or Shouldn't be Followed 239
The Results of Following Ekadasi 242
Calculation for the Volume of Mount Meru 249
Fasting on Ekadasi is the Best of Sacred Vows 254
Chapter Nine
The Glories of Sri Ekadasi 257
The Great Souls Who Followed Ekadasi in Ancient Times 259
Even Lord Ramacandra Followed Ekadasi 271
The Story of Medhavi 274
The Story of Lalita and His Wife 278
The Story of King Mandhata 281
The Story of Dhrstabuddhi 285
The Story of King Rukmangada 288
King Ambarisa Untouched by a Brahmanas Curse 290
The Story of Hemamali (Hema the Gardener) 291
The Story of Mahijit 294
The Story of Hariscandra 296
The Story of King Sobhana 298
Chapter Ten
The Story of the Pulinda Women 305
Pralamba's Awesome Size 311
The True Devotee 317
Chapter Eleven
The Story of the Gopis that were Residents of Rama-vaikuntha, Svetadvipa, Urdhva- vaikuntha, Ajita-pada, and Sri Lokacala319
Two Kinds of Renunciation 326
Bisakisen, False Visnu 331
Krsna, Master of Mantras 339
Appendixes 345
About the Authors 347
About Srila Prabhupada 351
References 353
Glossary 355
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 367
Index of Sanskrit Verses 369
General Index 379

Part II: Goddess Yamuna

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Twelve
The Story of the Gopis that in the Holi Festival Displayed Three Transcendental Virtues 1
Holi Festival 7
Sprinklers with Scented Dyes 13
Chapter Thirteen
The Story of the Demigoddesses 19
Gopis Receive Benediction 27
Diverse Gopi Backgrounds 31
Chapter Fourteen
The Story of the Jalandharis 35
Irrepressable Rangoji 39
Rangoji's Messenger in Mathura 45
Kamsa Defeats Kuru Army 51
Kurus Angry Yet Quiet 57
Chapter Fifteen
The Story of the Women of Barhismati-pura, the Apsaras, and the Women of Sutala and Nagendra 61
Swing Pastimes 67
Mandhata Praises Saubhari 73
Chapter Sixteen
The Sri Yamuna Armor 77
Yamuna Armor Revealed 79
Eating Frugally 85
Chapter Seventeen
Prayers to Sri Yamuna 87
Rivalless Sri Yamuna 93
Chapter Eighteen
The Petals and Worship of Sri Yamuna 97
The Dative Case 104
Barley 110
Chapter Nineteen
A Thousand Names of Sri Yamuna 115
Yamuna is Glorious (divya) 122
The Daughter of the Sun 129
The Eve-fresh Bride 135
Yamuna's Apparel 143
Yamuna Flows to the Ocean 150
Yamuna Enters Radha-kunda 158
House Within the River 165
Samjna, Wife of the Sun-~od 171
Raga Melodies 176
Gunja Berries 182
Yamuna is "Worth Seeing" (drsya) 189
Riding on Garuda 197
Kalindi, a Queen Among the Gopis 207
Benefits of Chanting 1,000 Names 217
Passport to Goloka 224
Chapter Twenty
The Killing of Pralamba 225
Balarama Rides Pralamba 231
Pralamba's Previous Life 236
Chapter Twenty-One
Lord Krsna Extinguishes the Forest Fire and Reveals Himself to the Brahmana's Wives 243
Gopas Beg Brahmanas for Food 249
Brahmanas' Wives See Krsna 254
Brahmanas Rebuke Themselves 258
Chapter Twenty-Two
Nanda and the Gopas See the Realm of Vaikuntha 263
Cowherds See Vaikuntha 269
Vraja Compared to Vaikuntha 277
Chapter Twenty- Three
The Story of Sudarsana 279
Snake Swallows Nanda 281
Snake's Previous Life 284
Chapter Twenty- Four
The Killing of Vyomasura and Aristasura 291
Vyomasura's Previous Life 296
Fighting Arista Demon 302
Appendixes 313
About the Authors 315
About Srila Prabhupada 319
References 321
Glossary 323
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 335
Index of Sanskrit Verses 337
General Index 349

Fifth Canto

Part I: Krsna Prophecy

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter One
Advice to Kamsa 1
Narada Reveals the Truth Surrounding Krsna's Advent 5
Kamsa Prepares the Wrestling Match 13
Kamsa's Talk with the Elephant Trainer 16
Narada Explains How Ugrasena is Not Kamsa's Father 21
Assuming Ugrasena's Form, Drumila Violates Padmavati 27
Kamsa Tells Akrura His Plan to Kill Krsna and Others 35
Kamsa's Plan to Conquer All with His Demon Friends 42
Chapter Two
The Killing of Kesi 49
The Terror of Kesi 50
The Fantastic Fight Between Krsna and Kesi54
How Sri Kumuda, Servant of Indra, Became Kesi 62
Chapter Three
Akrura's Arrival 71
Akrura Meditates on His Good Fortune to Visit Krsna 74
Auspicious Omens Cited in the Vedas 79
Akrura Reunites with Krsna and Balarama 84
Akrura Brings News to His Kinsmen 89
Nanda, Krsna and Balarama Prepare for Mathura 95
The Anguish of Sri Radha and the Gopis 99
Chapter Four
The Journey to Sri Mathura 107
Krsna Expands Himself to Individually Comfort Each Gopi 108
Krsna's Vow to Return to Radha After Killing the Demons 112
Krsna Promises to Return to Radha Month After Month 120
Radha and Krsna Can Never Be Separated 127
Nanda and the Gopas Depart for Mathura 131
The Angry Gopis Chastise Cruel Akrura 134
Chapter Five
Sri Krsna's Entrance Into Mathura141
Akrura Sees Krsna and Balarama in Two Places at Once 143
Akrura Arrives in Mathura with Krsna and Balarama 151
Krsna and the Gopas Observe the Opulences of Mathura City 156
The Glorious Women of Mathura Gaze at Vasudeva's Son 159
Krsna Deals with Kamsa's Washerman 163
The Weaver's Dream Come True 168
Chapter Six
Seeing Sri Mathura 173
Krsna's Exchange with Sudama the Florist 177
The Maidservant Kubja Offers Krsna Sandal Paste 182
Krsna Straightens Kubja's Crooked Body 188
The Vaisyas Worship Krsna 193
Krsna's Breaking of Parasurama's Bow 197
Kamsa's Guards Attack Sri Krsna 204
The Women of Mathura Bewildered with Love for Krsna 207
Chapter Seven
The Killing of Kuvalayapida 215
Inauspicious Omens Cited in the Vedas 217
Description of the Wrestling Festival 219
The Wrestling Games Begin 224
The Fight Between Krsna and Kuvalayapida 230
The Killing of Kuvalayapida as Found in the Harivamsa 240
Krsna Enters the Wrestling Arena 248
Krsna and Canura Discuss the Fighting Arrangement 255
Krsna and Balarama Wrestle with Canura and Mustika 259
Chapter Eight
The Killing of Kamsa 267
The Bhagavatam Describes the Talks Amongst the Women 268
The Fighting Heats Up 271
All of Kamsa's Great Wrestlers are Defeated 275
Krsna, Balarama and the Gopas Wrestle, Vrndavana Style 281
Kamsa's Wicked Words to the People of Vraja 283
Krsna and Kamsa Fight to the Death 286
Kamsa's Eight Brothers Rush to Krsna to Fight with Him 297
Gopala-campu Describes the Mysterious Birth of Balarama 298
The Demigods and Sages Rejoice at Krsna's Victory 304
Kamsa's Wives Grieve for Their Husband 308
Krsna Performs the Funeral Ceremony for Kamsa 311
Appendixes 315
About the Authors 317
About Srila Prabhupada 321
References 323
Glossary325
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 339
Index of Sanskrit Verses 341
General Index 351

Part II: Krsna's Letters

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Nine
The Happiness of the Yadus 1
Ugrasena Crowned King of Mathura 5
Krsna and Balarama Accept Sandipani Muni as Their Guru11
Ordering Varuna to Return the Guru's Son 17
Krsna Fights with Pancajana 23
Yamaraja Trembles at Sound of Lord's Conch 29
Krsna Orders Yamaraja to Return His Guru's Son 35
Yamaraja Glorifies Krsna and Balarama 41
Akrura's Mission in Hastinapura 47
Lord Krsna Visits Beautiful Kubja 53
Chapter Ten
The Stories of the Washerman, Weaver, and Florist 57
Washerman Criticizes Lord Ramacandra 63
Weaver Sews Wedding Clothes For Lord Ramacandra 71
Hemamali Offers Lord Siva 300 Lotus Flowers Daily 77
Chapter Eleven
The Stories of Kubja and Kuvalayapida 83
Lord Siva Visits Surpanakha 89
Lord Siva's Prayers to Lord Krsna 95
Mandagati Becomes an Elephant 101
Jarasandha captures Kuvalayapida 107
Chapter Twelve
Pancajana's Previous Birth 109
Utathya's Sons Become Wrestlers 115
Fate of Smelling Unoffered Flowers 121
How Visnu Obtained His Conch 127
Pancajana After He Merged 133
Chapter Thirteen
The Arrival of Sri Uddhava 135
Lord Krsna Dispatches Letters 141
The Gopis Near Suicide 147
Colorful Cows 153
The Cowherd Boys Meet Uddhava 159
Chapter Fourteen
The Meeting of King Nanda and Uddhava 167
Nanda Embraces and Worships Uddhava 173
Nanda's Hope 179
Sri Yasoda Asks, "Does Krsna Remember Me?" 185
Yasoda Regrets Tying Up Krsna 192
Uddhava Recaps Krsna's Pastimes 198
Krsna Throws Down Kuvalayapida Elephant 204
Chapter Fifteen
Seeing Sri Radha 209
A Mysterious Chariot 216
Radha Hosts Uddhava 224
Radha's Astonishing Expansions 230
How a Wife Assists Her Husband 238
Void Origins Unscientific 245
Radha Gets Her Letter from Krsna 251
Chapter Sixteen
Comforting Sri Radha and the Gopis 253
Uddhava Compared to Hanuman 260
Radha Gives Pure Devotion to Uddhava 267
Krsna Teaches the Gopis Yoga 276
Chapter Seventeen
Gopis Describe Their Remembrance of Sri Krsna 277
Jealousy Towards Kubja 283
Kubja Likened to Manthara 289
In Darkness, All is One 302
Laksmana Disfigures Surpanakha 308
Chapter Eighteen
Uddhava Hears Gopis Words & Returns to Mathura 313
Mohini Accused of Partiality 315
Kubja and Krsna Both Bent in Three Places 323
Tears Defeat Ink 328
Uddhava as Attorney for Gopis 334
Appendixes 339
About the Authors 341
About Srila Prabhupada 345
References 347
Glossary 349
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 365
Index of Sanskrit Verses 367
General Index 379

Part III: Musician Narada

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Nineteen
The Festival on Sri Krsna's Return1
Krsna and Uddhava Depart for Vrndavana 4
Krsna Calls the Cows by Name as He Greets Them 6
Krsna is Welcomed by the Gopas 10
Nanda and Yasoda Reunite with Krsna 16
Radha and the Gopis Immediately Go to Krsna 19
Krsna Enters King Nanda's Village 26
Commentary Regarding Krsna's Revisiting Vrndavana 29
Chapter Twenty
The Liberation of Rbhu Muni 31
Radha Calls Krsna to a Secluded Banana-tree Forest 34
Radha's Renunciation in Krsna's Absence 38
Radha Speaks to Krsna About Her Separation from Him 41
Krsna Explains to Radha Their Non difference 46
Radha, Krsna and the Gopis Enter the Rasa Dance Circle 52
Lord Krsna Suddenly Disappears 57
Rbhu Muni Attains the Goal of Yoga 61
Rbhu Muni Glorifies Radha and Krsna 70
Rbhu Muni Returns to Goloka 76
Chapter Twenty- One
The Story of Sri Narada 79
Rbhu Muni's Body Becomes Liquified 81
Krsna's Body Liquified 84
Brahma Requests Narada to Father Children 87
Narada Cursed to Become a Gandharva 91
Narada Cursed to Become a Sudra 94
Narada, King of Sages and Best of Devotees 97
Description of Ilavrta-varsa 99
Jambunada, the Golden River 104
Narada Discovers Veda-nagara 108
The Personified Ragas Narrate Their Troubles to Narada 111
Narada Inquires About Learning Music Properly 115
Narada's Prayers to Goddess Sarasvati 121
Goddess Sarasvati Gives Narada His Vina 126
Chapter Twenty- Two
Display of the Proficiency in Music by Narada 131
Narada Searches for a Suitable Audience 132
Narada Visits the Guna Avataras 135
Narada Reaches the Supreme Realm of Goloka 138
Narada Performs His Music for Radha and Krsna 143
Krsna Becomes a Liquid 145
The Glories of the Ganga 150
Krsna and the Gopis Enjoy a Rasa Dance on the Yamuna 156
Chapter Twenty- Three
Sri Krsna Leaves Vraja & Returns to Mathura 161
Glorifying Krsna, The Gopas Request Him to Stay 166
Krsna Comforts the Gopas and Promises to Return Monthly 174
Krsna and Company Mount Their Chariots 177
Chapter Twenty- Four
The Killing of the Kola Demon 181
Kausaravi-pura Harassed by the Kola Demon 185
Balarama Fights with Kola and His Army 189
Kola and His Maddened Elephant Duel with Balarama 193
Kola Disappears After Being Struck by Balarama's Club 197
Balarama Dispells Kola's Magical Illusion 200
Balararna Kills Kola by Throwing Him to the Ground 203
Garga Muni, Balarama and Sages Bathe in the Ganga 208
Glories and Description of Rama-tirtha 211
Lomasa Tells History of Pig-faced Kola 214
Jahnu-tirtha and the Great Brahmana Jahnu 217
Manduka Muni Receives the Mercy of Balarama 220
Manduka Muni's Boon to Hear the Bhagavati-samhita 225
Balarama Glorifies Uddhava as Krsna's Representative 230
Uddhava's Empowerment Upon Krsna Leaving the World 235
Srimad-bhagavatam's Importance to the Age of Kali 239
Janamejaya Performs Yajnas and Becomes Ruler of Earth 243
Manduka Muni Will Hear Bhagavatam from Janamejaya 249
Balarama's Boon to the Sages at Sankarsana-sthana 252
Chapter Twenty- Five
The Glories of Sri Mathura 261
Sri Krsna is the Deity of Mathura 264
The Greatness of Kapila-Varaha 268
Siva as Bhutesvara is the Gatekeeper of Mathura 271
The Result of Performing Austerities in Mathura 276
Lord Varaha Speaks the Glories of Mathura 282
Benedictions for Hearing the Mathura-khanda 291
Mathura Mahatmya: (Verses 1-108) 294
Appendixes 309
About the Authors 311
About Srila Prabhupada 315
References 317
Glossary 319
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 335
Index of Sanskrit Verses 337
General Index 349

Sixth Canto

Part I: Rukmini and Krsna

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter One
Jarasandha's Defeat 1
Krsna and Uddhava Depart for Vrndavana 15
Krsna Fills the Sky With the Sounds of His Sarnga Bow 22
Balarama Kills the Remaining Soldiers 42
Jarasandha Returns Defeated to Magadha-desa 50
Chapter Two
Residence in Sri Dvaraka 53
Krsna and Balarama Consider What To Do 59
King Mucukunda Goes to Sleep 72
Sri Mucukunda Offers Obeisances Unto Lord Krsna 82
Krsna Instructs Mucukunda to Go to Badarikasrama 95
Krsna Kills the Mleccha Army 100
Krsna and Balarama Flee to Mount Pravarsana 105
Krsna and Balarama Jump 127
Chapter Three
Lord Balarama's Wedding 129
Sri Raivata Asks Brahma for a Son-in-law 134
Sri Brahma Recommends Lord Balararna 142
King Raivata Leaves for Badarikasrama 147
Chapter Four
Journey to the City of Kundina 149
King Bhismaka Decides to Give His Daughter to Lord Krsna 154
Prince Rukmi Stops King Bhismaka 185
Lord Krsna Goes to Vidarbha 193
King Damaghosa Brings a Great Army to Kundina City 205
The Kidnapping of Sri Rukmini 209
Rukmini Sees Sri Krsna 214
Rukmini Prays that Sri Krsnacandra Become Her Husband 227
Chapter Six
Yadavas' Victory When Rukmini is Kidnapped 235
Lord Krsna Kidnaps Princess Rukmini 242
Jarasandha's Vassal Kings Assemble to Fight with Krsna 247
Balarama Strikes Paundraka, Jarasandha, and Viduratha 259
The Kings Vow to Imprison Krsna and Balarama 263
Chapter Seven
The Marriage of Sri Rukmini 267
Rukmi Pursues Krsna with Two Armies 271
Rukmi Shoots Lord Krsna in the Chest 275
Lord Krsna Shaves and Humiliates Rukmi 287
Rukmi and Rukmini Discard Their Unhappiness 294
Lord Krsna Marries Rukmini 296
Appendixes 299
About the Authors 301
About Srila Prabhupada 305
References 307
Glossary 309
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 323
Index of Sanskrit Verses 325
General Index 333

Part II: Glorious Dvarka

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Eight
The Marriages of All the Queens 1
Krsna Marries Jambavati, Satyabhama and Kalindi 3
Krsna Marries Mitravinda, Satya, Bhadra and Laksmana 17
Krsna's 16,108 Wives and Their Exalted Sons 23
The Kidnapping and Glorification of Pradyumna 27
Krsna is the Source of All Incarnations 36
Chapter Nine
The Arrival of Sri Dvaraka 43
Anarta Challenges His Father, Saryati 46
Anarta Glorifies Sri Krsna 50
Saryati Banishes Anarta from His Kingdom 56
Anarta's Austerities and Krsna's Boon 61
Dvaraka Descends from Vaikuntha 70
Chapter Ten
The Glories of Cakra-tirtha 77
The Glories of Dvaraka 78
Creation and Glories of Gomati River 83
The Story of Cakra-tirtha 94
Kuvera's Nine Treasures and Durvasa's Curse 109
Chapter Eleven
Liberation of the Elephant and the Crocodile 121
Kuvera's Ministers Become a Crocodile and an Elephant 125
The Fight at Cakra-tirtha 130
Kuvera's Ministers Restore Their Former Positions 140
Chapter Twelve
The Glories of Sankhoddhara-tirtha 145
Kaksivan Becomes a Conch 148
Kaksivan Liberated by Krsna 155
Chapter Thirteen
The Glories of Prabhasa-tirtha, the Sarasvati River, Bodha-pippala, and the Place Where the Gomati River Meets the Ocean 171
The Glories of Prabhasa-tirtha 171
The Glories of Bodha-pippala 179
Where the Gomati River Meets the Ocean 192
Chapter Fourteen
The Glories of Ratnakara, Raivata, and Kacala 209
The Glories of Ratnakara 209
Medhavi Becomes a Mountain 213
Medhavi Requests a Home in Lord Krsna's City 219
King Raivata Kidnaps Mount Saila's Son 226
The Glories of Mount Raivata 237
Chapter Fifteen
The Glories of Nrga-kupa and Gopi-bhumi 241
Kapitanka and Dvivida Gorilla at Mount Raivata 242
The Glories of Kalavinka-tirtha 247
The Glories of Nrga-kupa 252
The Glories of Gopi-bhumi and Gopi-candana 260
The Story of Dirghabahu's Liberation 270
Dirghabahu's One Pious Deed 285
Appendix 297
About the Authors 299
About Srila Prabhupada 303
References 305
Glossary 307
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 323
Index of Sanskrit Verses 325
General Index 333

Part III: Krsna's Queens Meet the Gopis

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Sixteen
Seeing Sri Radha's Form 1
The Glories of Siddhasrama 1
Sridama's Curse 7
Satyabhama Boasts 18
The Battle with Narakasura 23
The Parijata Dispute 33
Satyabhama Praises the Queens 65
Queens Wish to see Radha 70
Seeing Sri Radha the Queens Faint 80
Chapter Seventeen
Sri Sri Radha and Krsna Meet at Siddhasrama and the Nature of Sri Radha's Love Is Revealed87
Radha Respects Queens 96
The Queens Worship Sri: Radha 105
Sri: Radha's Cup of Milk 111
Chapter Eighteen
In the Course of Describing the Glories of Siddhasrama, a Description of the Rasa-dance Festival 121
The Queens Desire a Rasa Dance 131
The Greatest Rasa Dance? 144
Radha Prefers Vrndavana 149
The Queens are Humbled 158
Chapter Nineteen
In the First Fortress of Dvaraka, the Glories of Lila-sarovara, Hari-mandira, Jnana-tirtha,Krsna-kunda, Balabhadra-sarah, Ganesa-tirtha, Dana-sthala, and Maya-tirtha 163
Samba's Leprosy 173
Kali's Garland of Demons' Heads 191
Chapter Twenty
In the Description of the Second Fort, the Glories of Indra-tirtha, Brahma-tirtha, Surya-kunda, Nailalohita-tirtha, and Sapta-samudra-tirtha 195
Chapter Twenty - One
In the Description of the Third Fort, the Glories of Pindaraka-tirtha 205
History of Hanuman 205
The Iron Club Curse 213
When Dvaraka Floods 229
Chapter Twenty- Two
The Story of Sri Sudama-vipra 235
Sudama's Wife Speaks Up 239
Krsna's Simultaneous Presence 250
Krsna Snatches Sudama's Rice 270
Sudama's Home Becomes Heavenly 282
Tribute to Sriman Kusakratha dasa Prabhu 297
Appendix 299
About the Authors 301
About srila Prabhupada 305
References 307
Glossary 309
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 323
Index of Sanskrit Verses 325
General Index 335

Seventh Canto

Part I: The Previous Life of King Ugrasena

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter One
The Story of King Maruta 1
Maruta's Lineage 10
The Extraodinary Sacrifice of King Maruta 16
Narada describes the Rajasuya Sacrifice 28
The Fate of the Sacrifice's Gold 41
Krsna Blesses Maruta to return as Ugrasena 52
Chapter Two
The Abhiseka Ceremony of Pradyumna 67
Ugrasena Proposes Sacrifice to Krsna 67
Pradyumna Vows to Conquer the Kings of Jambudvipa 74
Pradyumna Receives Abhiseka and Armaments 79
Chapter Three
The Conquests of the Yadava Army 95
The Yadava Army Departs Dvaraka 95
The Mighty Elephants of the Yadava Army 102
The Extraordinary Horses of the Yadava Army 109
The Great Yadava Army 124
Chapter Four
Pradyumna's Digvijaya Tour 127
Ugrasena Instructs the Yadavas on Dharma 127
Arrangements of Pradyumna's Martial Forces 142
Krsna's Arrangement to Reduce the Burden of the Earth 153
Chapter Five
Pradyumna Conquers Kaccha and Kalinga 159
The King of Kaccha Happily Submit to Pradyumna 166
Annirudha Fights the King of Kalinga & His Soliders 172
Gada Defeats the King of Kalinga 177
Chapter Six
The Conquest of Marudhanva, Malava and Mahismati 185
The Defeat of Marudhanva 185
The King of Malava Worships and Submits to Pradyumna 199
The Yadavas Take Darsan of the Narmada River in Mahismati 229
The King of Mahismati Surrenders 205
Chapter Seven
Pradyumna Conquers Gurjara and Cedi-desa 211
Gurjara Conquered 211
Sisupala Blasphemes Krsna 213
Sisupala Refuses to Submit Cedi-des a to his Enemy, Krsna 227
Narada Describes Military Phalanxes 240
Chapter Eight
The Killing of Dyuman and Sakta 247
Dyuman's Division Combats the Yadavas 250
Sakta's Division Combats the Yadavas 259
Bhanu Vows to Defeat Ranga & Pinga 262
Chapter Nine
Victory over Cedi-desa after the Death of Ranga and Pinga 267
Bhanu Slays Ranga & Pinga 267
The Great Battle of Sisupala and Pradyumna 273
Damaghosa Submits Tribute from Cedi-desa 291
Appendixes 297
About the Author 299
About Srila Prabhupada 301
References 303
Glossary 305
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 319
Index of Sanskrit Verses 321
General Index 331

Part II: Pradyumna the Great

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Ten
Expedition to Karusa-desa After Conquering the Lands of Konkana, Kutaka, Trigarta, Kerala, Tailanga, Maharastra and Karnata 1
The Conquest of Konkana and Kutaka 1
Pradyumna and Entourage Visit Pilgrimage Sites 18
The King of Kerala Pays Tribute 22
The King of Tailanga Receives Learned Instructions 23
The Rulers of Maharastra and Karnata Worship Pradyumna 32
Dantavakra Attacks the Yadavas 35
Chapter Eleven
Dantavakra's Defeat and Pradyumna's Conquest of Karusa-desa 59
Sons of Krsna Battle Dantavakra 59
Dantavakra Taunts the Yadavas 68
Dantavakra and Pradyumna Duel 83
Chapter Twelve
Conversation Between Pradyumna and Agastya Rsi 91
The Usinaras Deliver Gifts of Dairy 91
The Ruler of Campavati Gives Tribute 95
King Bhismaka Opulently Receives the Yadavas 97
The Heroes of Kunta and Darada Worship Pradyumna 99
Pradyumna Inquires from Agastya Rsi 100
Chapter Thirteen
The Conquest of Mallara and Lanka After Defeating Salva 141
Salva Incites Dvivida Gorilla to Terrorize the Yadavas 142
Salva Overpowered 150
Uddhava Composes Message to Lanka 151
Vibhisana Consults Sukracarya 163
Jaya & Vijaya- The Previous Births of Sisupala and Dantavakra 168
Vibhisana's Devotion 182
Chapter Fourteen
Pradyumna Conquers Dravida-desa 191
Avadhuta Dattatreya 192
The King of Dravida-desa Worships Pradyumna 204
Pradyumna Visits Pilgrimage Sites 205
Lord Parasurama Feasts with the Yadavas 208
Parasurama Speaks on the Absolute Truth 219
Chapter Fifteen
The Conquest of Anga, Uddisa, Damara, Vanga, Asima, Kamarupa and Kekaya 233
The King of Anga Pays Tribute 233
Samba Conquers Uddisa 235
The Conquest of Vanga 237
The Conquest of Sorcerer King Pundra 244
King Dhrstaketu of Kekaya Honors Pradyumna 255
Chapter Sixteen
The Story of Janaka 261
Dhrti-The Great Vaisnava King of Mithila 261
The Great Pious City, Mithila 267
Dhrti's Devotion to Krsna 280
Pradyurnna Blesses King Dhrti 295
Appendixes 303
About the Author 305
About Srila Prabhupada 307
References 309
Glossary 311
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 319
Index of Sanskrit Verses 321
General Index 331

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First Canto

Part I: Krsna's Planet













Part II: Krsna Comes to Earth












Part III: Krsna the Butter Thief













Second Canto

Part I: Krsna Enters Vrndavana













Part II: Krsna's Vraja Sports













Part III: The Rasa Dance













Third Canto













Fourth Canto

Part I: Ekadasi The Lord's Day













Part II: Goddess Yamuna














Fifth Canto

Part I: Krsna Prophecy












Part II: Krsna's Letters













Part III: Musician Narada













Sixth Canto

Part I: Rukmini and Krsna













Part II: Glorious Dvarka













Part III: Krsna's Queens Meet the Gopis













Seventh Canto

Part I: The Previous Life of King Ugrasena













Part II: Pradyumna the Great













Sri Garga Samhita (Set of Seventeen Volumes)

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About the Author

Danavir Goswami (Dr. Dane Holtzman) was born in Los Angeles in 1949. He studied sociology and economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). While there he excelled in athletics and was selected the Most Valuable Player of 1970 (indoor volleyball) by the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and won the international 2-man beach volleyball tournament at Santa Cruz.

One June 11,1970, he met His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and received initiation from him in February of 1971. Later that year, he was appointed temple president of the Portland, Oregon branch of ISKCON. Then he became the national sales manager for ISKCON’s Spiritual Skey Scented Products Company, until he was asked to institute the World’s first Bhakta Program in October of 1974 at the Los Angeles temple. Under the direction of Srila Prabhupada, Danavir Goswami proceeded to inaugurate Bhakta Programs elsewhere in America, Europe, Africa, India, etc. Presently this Comprehensive educational system for new devotees is standard throughout ISKCON.

In 1980, Danavir Goswami inaugurated Friends of Lord Krishna (Folk), a lay congregational network in the UK, likely the Society’s first. Thereafter he became director of ISKCON Scotland, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Holland and Belgium. In 1987, he was elected to ISKCON’s thirty-man world Governing Body Commission and authorized as an initiating spiritual master.

In 1989, he returned to America to co- direct Krishna Fest, a national travelling Vedic cultural festival which included music, lectures and multimedia theatre. In the 1999’s he commissioned the establishment of a permanent center in Osafia, Israel to teach Israeli Druze about Krsna consciousness.

He has earned the Bhakti- sastri and Bhakti-vaibhava degrees from ISKCON and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Vaisnava Philosophy and Vaisnava Administration in 1996 from the Florida Vedic College. Danavir Goswami has taught courses in five major universities, lectured at over 100 colleges and many diverse religious institutions, and appeared on numerous TV and radio talk shows. He currently serves as inaugural president of Rupanuga Vedic College (RVC) in Kansas City, Missouri.

Danavir Goswami has authored many books as listed on page ii of this book.

First Canto

Part I: Krsna's Planet









Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xxvii
Regarding the Merit of Garga-samhitaxxvii
Garga-samhita Mahatmya xxix
Narada Inspires Garga for the Creation of the Samhitaxxxix
The Sage Garga Composes the Garga-samhitaxli
The Merit and Method of Listening xlii
Listening to Garga-samhita, King Pratibahu Gets a Son xliv
Radha and Krsna Personally Appear at the Recitation xlv
Siva Speaks to Parvati about Garga-samhitaxlvi
Chapter One
Description of Sri- Krsna's Glories 1
Obeisances to the Lord and the Spiritual Masters 1
Six Questions to Sri Suta Gosvami 2
Garga Mentions the Name of Radha 6
Sri Garga Muni Meets Saunaka Muni 10
How Often Does Lord Visnu Descend to this World? 16
One's Sins are Removed by Hearing about the Lord 19
Magicians Cannot Compare to the Master of Mysticism 22
The Definition of Amsamsa 25
Bhagavad-gita Recommends a State of Elevated Consciousness 28
Garbhodakasayi Visnu Expands Himself as Brahms 31
Lord Krsna in the Womb of Devaki 34
Incarnations Appear in Every Millennium 37
Demons are Relegated by Expansions of Visnu 40
Why Should God Come to Earth? 43
Will He Appear Before Me? 46
A Discussion Before the Battle of Kuruksetra 49
Chapter Two
Description of the Abode of Sri Goloka 51
Devotees Perform Penances to Achieve the Highest Position 52
Siva Accompanies the Demigods on a Spiritual Journey 55
A Visit to Svetadvipa, the Abode of the Collective Super soul 58
The Demigods See Universes Bobbing in The Karana Ocean 61
The Spiritual World is Opposite to the Material World 64
Devotional Service is the Highest Religious Principle 67
The Demigods Recognize their Subordinate Position 70
The Demigods are Surprised 73
Lord Trivikrama's Toenail Broke a Hole in the Universe 77
The Thousand-Petalled Lotus 81
Goloka, the Misery-Free Abode 84
Where the Cows have Gold-Plated Horns 87
The Demigods Enter the Lord's Personal Forest Grove 90
The Supreme Lord has No Business to Perform 94
Chanting Hare Krsna Removes the Dust and Rust from the Heart 97
Chapter Three
Description of the Lord's Appearance 100
A Helmet as Dazzling as the Sun 100
The Half-Man Half-Lion Incarnation 108
The Lord with Four Arms 117
Air is Among the Twenty-Four Material Elements 126
The Demigods Prostrate Themselves 132
The Mystery of Sri Caitanya's Reva River 146
Chapter Four
Description of Questions About the Lord's Appearance 157
The Lord Selects His Cast 167
Sabara Women Become Fortunate 171
Transcendental Intoxication 180
Sita's Svayamvara Ceremony 190
The Married Women of Mithila Will Become Gopis 193
Rama Kills Nocturnal Demons 215
Is Deity Worship Idol Worship? 218
Lord Ramacandra is Untinged by Anger 221
Chapter Five
The Lord's Appearance 223
The Ability to Know Past, Present and Future 228
The Extraordinary Gigantic Fish Attracts Varuna's Daughters 234
The Highest Form of Meditation 237
The Rasa Dance-by Invitation Only 241
All These Kings Existed in the Past 246
Chapter Six
Description of Kamsa's Strength 257
Bahulasva Asks Questions about Kamsa 257
Drinking Durva-Grass Juice 260
The Return of Demon Kalanemi 263
The Great Wrestlers Meet Their Match 266
Kamsa Appears to be Unconquerable 269
Hiranyakasipu as a Role-Model for Demons 275
Nobody Defeats Parasurama 278
Demonic Diplomacy 282
Pride of Oil Production Fuel 288
Rediscovering Lord Sri Krsna 292
Trnavarta Surpasses Hurricane Katrina 295
Demon Baka Swallows His Opponents 299
Appendixes 301
About the Authors 303
About Srila Prabhupada 307
References 309
Glossary 311
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 323
Index of Sanskrit Verses 325
General Index 333
ISKCON Centers 371

Part II: Krsna Comes to Earth






Contents

Preface xi
Introduction xvii
Regarding the Merit of Garga-samhita
Chapter Seven
Description of the Conquest of All Directions1
Banasura's Lineage Traced from Bali Maharaja 7
Banasura as Worshipper of Lord Siva 11
The Bible Against Animal Slaughter 14
The Bible Recommends Fruits and Herbs as Food 17
Kamsa is Compared to a Lion 20
Kamsa's Extraordinary Body Described 25
Kamsa Defeats the Thunderbolt Weapon of Indra 28
Ksatriyas Commonly Attacked Chariot Drivers 31
The Battle Elephants' Rut was Flowing 37
Indra's Elephant Touches His Knees to the Ground 41
Kamsa chose Mathura as his Capital 48
Chapter Eight
Description of Sri Radhika's Birth 51
Bahulasva is Filled with Faith and Devotion to Lord Hari 51
Radhikas Birth is Not Through Ordinary Reproductive Processes 57
The Unparalleled Glory of Ravala 60
Brahma Delivers the child Radharani to Vrsabhanu 64
The Hare Krsna Chant Addresses Radharani Along with Krsna 72
Chapter Nine
Description of Vasudeva's Wedding 89
Vrndavana is Intimately Connected with Krsna 91
Brahmanas are Responsible for the Lord's Property 96
Betel Can be Offered to Lord Krsna 99
A Catastrophic Turn for Vasudeva's Marriage 121
Vasudeva Uses Diplomacy to save Devaki 125
Chapter Ten
Description of the Birth of Lord Balarama 129
Prophecy Predicts Kamsa's Death by Devaki's Eighth Son 132
Narada Calls the Integrity of the Demigods into Question 138
Mutiny in the Assembly Hall 144
Yogamaya Transfers Devaki's Seventh Fetus to Rohini's Womb 150
Vyasadeva Foretells Balarama's Future Exploits 159
Chapter Eleven
Description of Sri Krsnacandra's Birth 167
The Child Who is Feared by Fear Personified Takes Birth 169
The Demigods Go to Personally Offer Prayers to New Born Krsna 182
The Lord Appears as Visnu with His Natural Weapons 194
Vasudeva Exchanges Babies 203
Yogamaya Shocks Kamsa 211
Modern Society Emulates Kamsa's Baby-Killing 217
Demoniac Government Corrupts Four Goals of Life 225
Chapter Twelve
Description of Sri Nanda's Festival 227
Cleanliness and Punctuality in Deity Worship Stressed 232
Tilaka Markings as Meditation on Visnu Forms 238
Nandotsava Celebrated 242
God's Bluish Complexion Recognized by Religious Traditions 251
The Story of the Boy and Magic Yogurt 256
The Amazing Tale of Bilvamangala 262
Leaders from Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn Come to See Krsna 275
Chapter Thirteen
The Liberation of Putana 279
Vaisyas are Obliged to Pay Government Taxes 280
Putana Prepares Her Milky, Bitter Venom 283
The Witch's Body Expands for Miles 286
Protective Mantras for Baby Krsna Chanted 293
Chopping up the Snakelike Witch's Body 296
Putana's Previous Life 300
Appendixes 303
Sanskrit-The Mother Language 305
About the Authors 317
About Srila Prabhupada 321
References 323
Glossary 325
Index of Sanskrit Verses 343
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 353
Declension of Sanskrit Words 355
General Index 373
ISKCON Centers 401

Part III: Krsna the Butter Thief


Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xx
Chapter Fourteen
The Liberation of Sakatasura and Trnavarta 1
Devotional hearing of Lord Krsna's transcendental pastimes 2
Ceremonies for Krsna's Birthday 8
Crying of Baby Krsna Goes Unheard 11
Cart Demon Killed 14
The Cart Demon's Previous Life 19
Sage Lomasa's Curse Softened 23
Baby Krsna Too Weighty for His Mother 25
Trnavarta Enters 27
Trnavarta Killed 33
Gopis Chastise Yasoda 36
Brahmanas Perform Sacrifice to Protect Krsna 49
Brahmanas Rewarded 54
Trnavarta's Previous Life 55
Chapter Fifteen
Revelation of the Universal Form to Nanda's Wife' 59
Seeing the Universe Within His Mouth 62
Nanda and Yasoda's Previous Lives 65
Brahms Awards Drona and Dhara 73
Garga Muni Visits Nanda 77
Krsna's Name-giving Ceremony Performed 81
The Name "Krsna" Explained 84
Krsna's Previous Incarnations 90
Garga Muni Visits King Vrsabhanu 99
Garga Muni Suggests Radha Marry Krsna 106
Brahma to Perform the Wedding 114
Radha's Name Explained 119
Chapter Sixteen
Description of Sri Radhika's Wedding 127
Nanda Asks for Firm Devotion to Radha and Krsna 141
Arrival of Sri Brahma 151
Radha and Krsna's Expansions Described 155
Garlands Exchanged Between Bride and Groom 164
Brahma's Daksina is Devotion to Hari's Feet 168
Radha and Krsna Steal Each Other's Flute and Lotus 178
Krsna Becomes Infant Again 182
Chapter Seventeen
Description of the Yogurt Theft 189
Krsna and Balarama played with Sridama and Subala 204
Prabhavati Accuses Krsna of Stealing Butter 208
Krsna Captured by Prabhavati 218
Krsna Assumes Form of Prabhavati's Son 223
Chapter Eighteen
Vision of the Universal Form 227
The Six Vrsabhanus' Previous Identities 231
Krsna Accused of Eating Clay 236
Yasoda Sees Planets Within Her Son's Mouth 241
Chapter Nineteen
Breaking of the Two Arjuna Trees 245
Yasoda Ties Her Son to Grinding Mortar 251
Gopis Chastise Yasoda for Cruelty 255
Krsna Uproots Arjuna Trees 259
Gopas Don't Believe Boys' Story 265
Story of Nalakuvara and Manigriva 268
Chapter Twenty
Description of Durvasa Muni's Vision of the Maya Potency and Offering of Prayers to Nanda's Son 275
Durvasa Bewildered by Krsna 280
Durvasa Sees Viraja River 287
Durvasa Offers Obeisances to Krsna 295
Value of Reading This Book Described 304
Appendixes 307
About the Authors 309
About Srila Prabhupada 313
References 315
Glossary 317
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 332
Index of Sanskrit Verses 334
General Index 351
Declension of Sanskrit Words 355
General Index 373
ISKCON Centers 401

Second Canto

Part I: Krsna Enters Vrndavana

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xx
Chapter One
Description of the Entrance in Vrndavana 1
Nanda Calls Meeting About Disturbances 7
Sannanda Suggests Moving to Vrndavana 11
The Size of Mathura-mandala Given 15
Nandisvara Mountain Described 19
Glorification of Vrndavana from Sri Vraja-riti Cintamani 22
Story of Sankhasura Narrated 31
Sankhasura Strikes Lord Matsya With His Fist 35
Holy Places Come to Prayag 39
Prayag Becomes Angry at Insult 43
The Lord Declares Mathura-mandala His Home 47
Varaha's Lifting the Earth Described 51
Earth Goddess Sees Mathura-mandala 56
Chapter Two
Description of Giriraja Govardhana's Birth 61
The Lord Sends a Portion of His Abode to Earth 66
Govardhana Named King of Mountains 70
Sage Pulastya Described 73
Pulastya Requests to Have Govardhana 79
Govardhana's Size Given 85
Grief of Father Drona 88
Govardhana Placed in Vraja-mandala 94
Govardhana Tricks Pulastya 98
Chapter Three
Description of the Yamuna's Arrival 105
Yamuna Comes to Brahmaloka 110
Kalindi Assumes a Splendid Spiritual Form 114
Yamuna River Goes to Prayaga 118
Yamuna Invites Ganga to Ascend to Hari's Abode With Her122
Ganga Prepares to Go to Patalaloka 127
Yamuna Flows to Mount Lokaloka 131
Chapter Four
The Liberation of Vatsasura 137
King Vrsabhanu Moves to Vrndavana 141
Krsna and Balarama Given Charge of Calves 145
Krsna and Balarama Chase Birds' Shadows 149
Krsna Whirls Vatsasura 153
Vatsasura's Previous Life Described 158
Vasistha and His Cow Give Mercy 162
Chapter Five
The Liberation of Bakasura 167
Lord Siva Strikes Bakasura 171
Soma Strikes Bakasura 175
Bakasura Chases the Demigods 179
The Demon Merges into the Lord 183
Bakasura's Previous Life Narrated 187
Jajali's Curse 191
Jajali's Benediction 198
Chapter Six
The Liberation of Aghasura 203
Aghasura Killed 207
Astavakra Muni Insulted 213
Astavakra 's Curse/blessing 216
Mother Yasoda's Distress 219
Nanda Comforts Yasoda 223
Nanda's Charity 227
Chapter Seven
Kidnapping of the Calves and Cowherd Boys 229
Lunch With Krsna 232
Joking and Laughing During Lunch 240
The Calves Wander Away 248
Chapter Eight
Description of Seeing Lord Krsna 255
Gopis Embrace Their Sons 260
Cowherd Men Embrace Their Sons 268
Balarama Sees Krsna's Trick 272
Brahma Bewildered 280
Krsna Removes Illusion for Brahma 284
Vrndavana Revealed to Brahma 290
Appendixes 299
About the Authors 301
About Srila Prabhupada 305
References 307
Glossary 309
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 324
Index of Sanskrit Verses 326
General Index 345
ISKCON Centers 363

Part II: Krsna's Vraja Sports

Contents

Prefacexi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xx
Chapter Nine
Brahma's Prayers 1
Krsna as the king of Vraja and the Lord of Sri Radha 4
Sense happiness is like a firebrand 8
A devotee is like a smokeless flame 12
All Visnu expansions worship Lord Krsna 18
Krsna's shark-shaped earrings defeat Kamadeva 22
The Lord's reddish jewel nails worshipable 26
Lord Krsna's chest 30
Lord Visnu's crown 35
Brahma begs for forgiveness 38
Mystery revealed to Brahma 42
Brahma admits his lack of love for the Lord 46
Fortunate demigods can enter Vrndavana 51
Brahma asks permission to leave 58
Krsna returns to Vraja with the boys and calves 61
Chapter Ten
Description of Sri Krsna's Herding the Cows 65
Cows gaze at gazed at Krsna and Balarama 66
Millions of cows tended 71
Impersonalists or voidists become sick 77
Lord Krsna's beautiful appearance 81
Chapter Eleven
The Liberation of Dhenukasura 83
Dhenuka kicks Balarama's chest 88
Cowherd boys attack the demon 92
Govardhana Hill used as a weapon 96
Dhenuka attains Goloka 101
Durvasa disturbed 106
Chapter Twelve
Subduing Kaliya and Drinking the Forest Fire 111
Krsna dives into the poisoned water 114
The snake bites the Lord 119
The snake's wives appeal to Krsna 123
Kaliya et al sent to Ramanaka-dvipa 128
A great forest fire arrives at night 132
Chapter Thirteen
The Story of Sesa 137
The disagreemenet of Vedasira and Asvasira Muni 142
Sages become a crow and a snake 147
Kadru is Rohini 152
Sesa ordered to chant the Lord's glories 157
Snakes follow Ananta to Patalaloka 162
Chapter Fourteen
Description of Kaliya's Story 167
Kaliya consumes Garuda's food 171
Garuda attacks Kaliya 175
Kaliya asks Sesa for help 179
Saubhari's opulence 184
Sesa sends Kaliya to Vrndavana 188
Chapter Fifteen
Description of Sri Radha- Krsna's Falling in Love 191
Bahulasva's question 195
Narada appreciates the question 196
Lalita and Visakha speak privately with Radha 200
Radha gazes at Krsna 206
Lalita advises Radha 210
Lalita speaks to Krsna about Radha 215
Krsna explains Radha's position 220
Radha inquires from Her friend Candranana 224
Chapter Sixteen
The Worship of Tulasi 227
Results of serving tulasi 233
Tulasileaf outweighs Krsna 236
Tulasi's glories indescribable 243
Radha vows to worship tulasi 245
Demigods shower flowers on tulasi 251
Radha requests Tulasi for unalloyed devotion to Krsna 256
Chapter Seventeen
The Meeting of Sri Radha- Krsna 259
Krsna magically assumes the appearance of a young girl 264
Radha's girlfriends 269
Radha's palace courtyard 272
Radha embraces disguised Krsna 276
Radha attracted to Krsna despite His disguise 281
Gopadevata departs 289
Chapter Eighteen
The Sight of Sri Krsnacandra 291
Gopadevata unhappy 296
Charity extolled by Radha 300
Gopadevata's accusation against Krsna 305
Radha rebukes Gopadevata 308
Siva is mad after Krsna 312
No one dearer to Krsna than His devotee 317
A transcendental challenge 321
Appendixes 329
About the Authors 331
About Srila Prabhupada 334
References 337
Glossary 339
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 355
Index of Sanskrit Verses 357
General Index 369

Part III: The Rasa Dance

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Nineteen
The Rasa-dance Pastime 1
Lord Krsna Begins the Rasa Dance Pastime 3
The Glories of Goloka Manifest on Earth 5
Preparations by the Gopis 11
The Leaders of the Gopis Gather their Groups 15
Radharani's Eight Principle Companions Arrive 22
The Handsome Dancer Enjoys with Radha 25
Hiding Among the Forest Groves 28
The Dance Arena Along the Yamuna 32
Chapter Twenty
Rasa-lila Sports39
Krsna and the Gopis Enjoy at Govardhana 40
The Gopis Decorate Radha with Gifts 41
The Tired and Thirsty Gopis Find Relief in Krsna 53
Water Pastimes at Vetra-ganga in the Talavana Forest 57
Krsna's Splendid Decorations 60
Music and Dance amidst the Madhuvana Forest 65
Chapter Twenty- One
Recreation with the Gopis in the Forest 69
Krsna's Flute Enthralls His Devotees at Kamavana 71
Krsna Disappears from the Gopis at Nandisvara Hill 77
Radha and Krsna Enjoy Together in a Banyan Forest 85
Sixty-four Arts and Crafts Known by Srimati Radharani 87
Description of the Marks on Krsna's Lotus Feet 90
Another Set of Footprints 95
The Gopis Follow the Lotus Footprints into Kokilavana 98
Radha's Pride Departs Along with Krsna 104
The Gopis Console Srimati Radharani 106
Chapter Twenty- Two
The Gopis' Prayers to Krsna 109
The Gopis' Singing 112
Lotus-eyed Krsna Fulfills the Gopis' desire 122
As Many Forms as there were Gopis 125
Krsna Saves His Devotee, Hamsa 126
Radha and Krsna Transform into Laksmi and Narayana 132
All of the Vaikuntha Planets are Present in Vrndavana 134
Balarama Serves as Laksmi-narayana's Floating Couch 136
A Flute for a Flower 139
Radha and Krsna Decorate Each Other in Bhandiravana 142
Chapter Twenty- Three
The Killing of Sankhacuda 145
Krsna's Unique Feature as Dhira-lalita 146
Detailed Description of Lohajanghavana's Trees 148
Sankhacuda Challenges Kamsa to a Terrible Club Duel 150
Twenty-seven days of Hand-to-hand Combat 155
Gargacarya Stops an Unnecessary Fight 160
The Great Strength of Lord Siva's Blessings 165
Sankhacuda and Karnsa Encounter the Rasa Dance 170
Sankhacuda Kidnaps Satacandranana-gopi 175
Krsna and Sankhacuda Battle Using Sala Trees 178
Sridama Cursed by Radharani 180
The Five Faces of Siva 186
Lalita-madhava: Account of the Killing of Sankhacuda 190
Chapter Twenty- Four
The Story of Asuri Muni 217
Lord Krsna Transforms the Plants of Vrndavana into Gopis 216
Radha and Krsna Rest in a Kadamba Tree 220
Praying without Offenses 222
In Depth Analysis of the Ragas 225
Lord Krsna Decorates the Gopis 236
Asuri Muni Suddenly Loses Krsna's Presence 240
The Correct Process to Access Krsna 246
Asuri Muni Receives the Mercy of Lord Siva 252
Chapter Twenty- Five
Arrival of Siva and Asuri Muni as Gopis 259
The Guardians of the Rasa Dance 260
Lord Siva and Asuri Muni Transform into Gopis 264
The Special Gopis Glorify Lord Krsna 270
Benediction from a Deep Voice 275
Lord Siva and Asuri Muni's Residence at Vamsivata 280
Radha and Krsna Hurry Home 282
Chapter Twenty-Six
The Story of Sankacuda 285
Radha's Rival Induces Jealous Anger 288
Radha Reprimands Sridama 292
Fearful Viraja Transforms Herself into a River 293
Krsna Returns Viraja to a Personal Form 295
Viraja Curses Her Foolish Sons 299
From Seven Boys to Seven Oceans 302
Sridama Chastises Radha for Rejecting Krsna 307
Dueling Curses of Radha and Sridama 310
Krsna Upholds His Devotee's Vow 312
Sridama Exists as Sankhacuda 316
Appendixes 319
About the Authors 321
About Srila Prabhupada 325
References 327
Glossary 329
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 343
Index of Sanskrit Verses 345
General Index 355
General Index 369

Third Canto

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter One
The Worship of Sri Giriraja 1
Narada Muni Narrates the Pastime of Giriraja 3
Worship of the Demigods does not Bring Liberation 7
Govardhana Hill is Born from Lord Hari's Own Chest 11
Krsna Explains How to Worship Giriraja 15
The Sixteen Verses of the Purusa-sukta 17
Mantras for the Circumambulation of Giriraja 23
How to Worship Giriraja When One is Not Near Him 29
The Benefit of Serving Giriraja in the Form of a Stone 33
Chapter Two
The Great Festival of Sri Giriraja 39
Nanda and the Residents of Vraja Bring Offerings 41
The Previous Birth of the Gopis is Revealed 47
Lord Siva Arrives at the Circle of Govardhana Hill 51
Eight Primary Mystic Perfections 54
Mountain Kings Offer Obeisances to Giriraja 56
Even Lord Krsna Circumambulates Govardhana Hill 58
I Am This Hill 60
Chapter Three
The Lifting of Sri Govardhana 67
The Colorful Samvartaka Clouds Thunder with Anger 69
The Gopas and Their Families Take Shelter of the Lords 75
Krsna Playfully Holds Govardhana Hill Aloft 79
Sudarsana Cakra and Sesa Absorb the Flood 82
The Limit of Krsna's Tolerance 90
Only Krsna Can Lift Mountains 95
Chapter Four
The Coronation-Bathing of Sri Krsna101
Sri Indra Begs Forgiveness 107
Streams of Milk from the Surabhi Cow 111
The Melting Hill Receives Lotus Impressions 113
Manasa-ganga and Govinda-kunda Appear 117
Chapter Five
The Dispute Among the Gopas 125
Doubting the Unnaturally Strong Boy 127
Every Letter of Krsna's Name is Meaningful 133
Garga Muni Identifies Nanda's Son as the Supreme Personality141
Nanda's Attempt to Pacify Further Angers the Gopas 146
The Gopas Wield Their Leverage 150
The Eternal Queen of Lord Krsna Resides in Vrsabhanu's Home 154
The Final Proof 158
Chapter Six
The Test of Sri Krsna 161
King Vrsabhanu's Unparalleled Opulence 163
A Matchless Wedding Gift 167
The Supreme Gardener Relieves His Devotees 177
King Nanda's Immeasurable Opulence 180
Krsna Removes All Doubts 184
Chapter Seven
The Holy Places of Sri Giriraja 191
A Detailed List of the Holy Places on Govardhana Hill 196
The Moonlight of the Toll Pastime 203
Calculating Srinathaji's Exact Date 213
The Extraordinary Activities of Lord Srinathaji 218
Four Glorious Dhamas 224
Chapter Eight
The Opuleoces of Sri Giriraja 229
Description of the Limbs of Sri Giriraja 233
Benefits of Hearing about Sri Giriraja 239
Chapter Nine
The Birth of Sri Giriraja 243
Glorification of That Person who is above the Realm of Matter 246
Krsna Manifests Spiritual Varieties 252
How the Lord Manifests the Spiritual World 258
Radha's Friends Expand from Her 263
Sri Radha Requests an Arena 269
The Size of Sri Giriraja 274
Chapter Ten
The Glory of Sri Giriraja 281
The Story of Brahmana Vijaya 282
The Man-eater's Attack 284
Man-eater Liberated 288
The Liberated Soul Speaks 292
No Holy Place Will Ever Equal Govardhana Hill 299
The Story of Valmiki 303
Chapter Eleven
The Power of Sri Giriraja 313
The Liberated Soul's Past Lives 317
Yamaraja Instructs His Servants 333
Appendixes 339
About the Authors 341
About Srila Prabhupada 345
References 347
Glossary 349
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 359
Index of Sanskrit Verses 361
General Index 371

Fourth Canto

Part I: Ekadasi The Lord's Day

Contents

Preface xiii
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xix
Introduction xxiii
Chapter One
The Story of the Personified Vedas 1
A Description of the Personified Vedas 5
Sesasayi Visnu Blesses Personified Vedas to Appear as Gopis 9
Sri Vrndadevy-astaka by Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura 11
Krsna Visits the Gopis' Homes in the Dead of Night 14
Krsna Explains the Importance of the Spiritual Master 17
The Gopis' Desire to Serve Durvasa Muni 23
Krsna Gives a Special Mantra for Crossing the Yamuna 26
The Gopis Bring Fifty-six Kinds of Foodstuff for Durvasa 33
Durvasa Muni Gives Benedictions to the Gopis 39
Durvasa Offers a Mantra for Crossing the Yamuna 42
The Gopis Have Doubts About Durvasa's Muni's Mantra 44
Lord Krsna Explains Vedic Philosophy Regarding Surrender 50
Chapter Two
The Story of the Gopis that had been Sages 57
King Mangala's Wealth Destroyed 60
The Daughters of Pauper Mangala Enter Nanda's Circle 65
Yamuna Grants Mangala's Daughters Marriage to Krsna 67
Chapter Three
The Story of the Mithila Women 73
Lord Ramacandra Blesses the Women to Appear as Gopis 74
Lord Krsna Steals the Gopis' Clothes 77
The Gopis Retrieve Their Clothes 85
Chapter Four
The Story of the Kausala Women 89
Description of the Gopis' Love for Krsna 93
The Unique Position of the Gopis 99
Chapter Five
The Story of the Ayodhya Women 103
King Vimala's Wives Unable to Produce Children 106
King Vimala Shares His Grief with Sage Yajnavalkya 109
Yajnavalkya Foretells of Vimala's Offspring 112
Chapter Six
The Damsels of Ayodhya are Born in the House of King Vimala 121
Vimala Sends Messenger to Search for Vasudeva's Son 123
Messenger Receives News from the Residents of Mathura 126
Messenger Encounters a Dark, Handsome Boy near Yamuna 131
King Vimala Expresses Doubts to Sri Bhisma 134
Bhisma Reveals Identity of Krsna and Vimala's Daughters 138
Bhisma Instructs King Vimala to Give Daughters to Krsna 143
Chapter Seven
Sri Krsna Appears before Vimala after Getting His Message 147
The Messenger Offers Obeisances to and Glorifies Krsna 149
Lord Krsna Receives the Message from King Vimala 154
Krsna and the Messenger Descend upon King Vimala 161
King Vimala's Complete Surrender to Lord Krsna 165
Vimala and Daughters Attain Spiritual Forms Like Krsna's 168
The Creation and Glories of Vimala-kunda 172
Chapter Eight
In the Story of the Yajna-sitas, the Glories of Ekadasi 177
The Creation and Glories of Vimala-kunda 172
The Gopas from Dry Usinara Move to Vrndavana 180
Radha Recommends Ekadasi Fast to Attain Krsna's Favor 184
The Reason and Details for Observing Ekadasi Fasting 188
The Appearance of Ekadasi from Lord Visnu's Body 192
Details About the Procedure for Observing Moksa Ekadasi 196
Details About the Procedure for Observing Amalaki Ekadasi 198
Details About Procedure for Observing Papa-mocani Ekadasi 201
Details About Procedure for Observing Varutini Ekadasi 203
Details About the Procedure for Observing Apara Ekadasi 205
Details About the Procedure for Observing Nirjala Ekadasi 206
Details About the Procedure for Observing Kamani Ekadasi 208
Details About the Procedure for Observing Padma Ekadasi 210
Details About the Procedure for Observing Indira Ekadasi 211
Details About Procedure for Observing Pasankusa Ekadasi 213
Details About Procedure for Observing Utthana Ekadasi 214
Details About Procedure for Observing Padmini Ekadasi 217
Details About the Procedure for Observing Parama Ekadasi 220
Names of the Twenty-Six Ekadasis followed by Ambarisa 224
Sri Radha Explains The Rules for Observing Ekadasis 225
When the Guru's Instructions Supercede Vedic Injunctions 231
Summary of the Overall Vow of Ekadasi 233
Activities to Avoid on the Day After Ekadasi, Dasami Day 236
When Ekadasi Should or Shouldn't be Followed 239
The Results of Following Ekadasi 242
Calculation for the Volume of Mount Meru 249
Fasting on Ekadasi is the Best of Sacred Vows 254
Chapter Nine
The Glories of Sri Ekadasi 257
The Great Souls Who Followed Ekadasi in Ancient Times 259
Even Lord Ramacandra Followed Ekadasi 271
The Story of Medhavi 274
The Story of Lalita and His Wife 278
The Story of King Mandhata 281
The Story of Dhrstabuddhi 285
The Story of King Rukmangada 288
King Ambarisa Untouched by a Brahmanas Curse 290
The Story of Hemamali (Hema the Gardener) 291
The Story of Mahijit 294
The Story of Hariscandra 296
The Story of King Sobhana 298
Chapter Ten
The Story of the Pulinda Women 305
Pralamba's Awesome Size 311
The True Devotee 317
Chapter Eleven
The Story of the Gopis that were Residents of Rama-vaikuntha, Svetadvipa, Urdhva- vaikuntha, Ajita-pada, and Sri Lokacala319
Two Kinds of Renunciation 326
Bisakisen, False Visnu 331
Krsna, Master of Mantras 339
Appendixes 345
About the Authors 347
About Srila Prabhupada 351
References 353
Glossary 355
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 367
Index of Sanskrit Verses 369
General Index 379

Part II: Goddess Yamuna

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Twelve
The Story of the Gopis that in the Holi Festival Displayed Three Transcendental Virtues 1
Holi Festival 7
Sprinklers with Scented Dyes 13
Chapter Thirteen
The Story of the Demigoddesses 19
Gopis Receive Benediction 27
Diverse Gopi Backgrounds 31
Chapter Fourteen
The Story of the Jalandharis 35
Irrepressable Rangoji 39
Rangoji's Messenger in Mathura 45
Kamsa Defeats Kuru Army 51
Kurus Angry Yet Quiet 57
Chapter Fifteen
The Story of the Women of Barhismati-pura, the Apsaras, and the Women of Sutala and Nagendra 61
Swing Pastimes 67
Mandhata Praises Saubhari 73
Chapter Sixteen
The Sri Yamuna Armor 77
Yamuna Armor Revealed 79
Eating Frugally 85
Chapter Seventeen
Prayers to Sri Yamuna 87
Rivalless Sri Yamuna 93
Chapter Eighteen
The Petals and Worship of Sri Yamuna 97
The Dative Case 104
Barley 110
Chapter Nineteen
A Thousand Names of Sri Yamuna 115
Yamuna is Glorious (divya) 122
The Daughter of the Sun 129
The Eve-fresh Bride 135
Yamuna's Apparel 143
Yamuna Flows to the Ocean 150
Yamuna Enters Radha-kunda 158
House Within the River 165
Samjna, Wife of the Sun-~od 171
Raga Melodies 176
Gunja Berries 182
Yamuna is "Worth Seeing" (drsya) 189
Riding on Garuda 197
Kalindi, a Queen Among the Gopis 207
Benefits of Chanting 1,000 Names 217
Passport to Goloka 224
Chapter Twenty
The Killing of Pralamba 225
Balarama Rides Pralamba 231
Pralamba's Previous Life 236
Chapter Twenty-One
Lord Krsna Extinguishes the Forest Fire and Reveals Himself to the Brahmana's Wives 243
Gopas Beg Brahmanas for Food 249
Brahmanas' Wives See Krsna 254
Brahmanas Rebuke Themselves 258
Chapter Twenty-Two
Nanda and the Gopas See the Realm of Vaikuntha 263
Cowherds See Vaikuntha 269
Vraja Compared to Vaikuntha 277
Chapter Twenty- Three
The Story of Sudarsana 279
Snake Swallows Nanda 281
Snake's Previous Life 284
Chapter Twenty- Four
The Killing of Vyomasura and Aristasura 291
Vyomasura's Previous Life 296
Fighting Arista Demon 302
Appendixes 313
About the Authors 315
About Srila Prabhupada 319
References 321
Glossary 323
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 335
Index of Sanskrit Verses 337
General Index 349

Fifth Canto

Part I: Krsna Prophecy

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter One
Advice to Kamsa 1
Narada Reveals the Truth Surrounding Krsna's Advent 5
Kamsa Prepares the Wrestling Match 13
Kamsa's Talk with the Elephant Trainer 16
Narada Explains How Ugrasena is Not Kamsa's Father 21
Assuming Ugrasena's Form, Drumila Violates Padmavati 27
Kamsa Tells Akrura His Plan to Kill Krsna and Others 35
Kamsa's Plan to Conquer All with His Demon Friends 42
Chapter Two
The Killing of Kesi 49
The Terror of Kesi 50
The Fantastic Fight Between Krsna and Kesi54
How Sri Kumuda, Servant of Indra, Became Kesi 62
Chapter Three
Akrura's Arrival 71
Akrura Meditates on His Good Fortune to Visit Krsna 74
Auspicious Omens Cited in the Vedas 79
Akrura Reunites with Krsna and Balarama 84
Akrura Brings News to His Kinsmen 89
Nanda, Krsna and Balarama Prepare for Mathura 95
The Anguish of Sri Radha and the Gopis 99
Chapter Four
The Journey to Sri Mathura 107
Krsna Expands Himself to Individually Comfort Each Gopi 108
Krsna's Vow to Return to Radha After Killing the Demons 112
Krsna Promises to Return to Radha Month After Month 120
Radha and Krsna Can Never Be Separated 127
Nanda and the Gopas Depart for Mathura 131
The Angry Gopis Chastise Cruel Akrura 134
Chapter Five
Sri Krsna's Entrance Into Mathura141
Akrura Sees Krsna and Balarama in Two Places at Once 143
Akrura Arrives in Mathura with Krsna and Balarama 151
Krsna and the Gopas Observe the Opulences of Mathura City 156
The Glorious Women of Mathura Gaze at Vasudeva's Son 159
Krsna Deals with Kamsa's Washerman 163
The Weaver's Dream Come True 168
Chapter Six
Seeing Sri Mathura 173
Krsna's Exchange with Sudama the Florist 177
The Maidservant Kubja Offers Krsna Sandal Paste 182
Krsna Straightens Kubja's Crooked Body 188
The Vaisyas Worship Krsna 193
Krsna's Breaking of Parasurama's Bow 197
Kamsa's Guards Attack Sri Krsna 204
The Women of Mathura Bewildered with Love for Krsna 207
Chapter Seven
The Killing of Kuvalayapida 215
Inauspicious Omens Cited in the Vedas 217
Description of the Wrestling Festival 219
The Wrestling Games Begin 224
The Fight Between Krsna and Kuvalayapida 230
The Killing of Kuvalayapida as Found in the Harivamsa 240
Krsna Enters the Wrestling Arena 248
Krsna and Canura Discuss the Fighting Arrangement 255
Krsna and Balarama Wrestle with Canura and Mustika 259
Chapter Eight
The Killing of Kamsa 267
The Bhagavatam Describes the Talks Amongst the Women 268
The Fighting Heats Up 271
All of Kamsa's Great Wrestlers are Defeated 275
Krsna, Balarama and the Gopas Wrestle, Vrndavana Style 281
Kamsa's Wicked Words to the People of Vraja 283
Krsna and Kamsa Fight to the Death 286
Kamsa's Eight Brothers Rush to Krsna to Fight with Him 297
Gopala-campu Describes the Mysterious Birth of Balarama 298
The Demigods and Sages Rejoice at Krsna's Victory 304
Kamsa's Wives Grieve for Their Husband 308
Krsna Performs the Funeral Ceremony for Kamsa 311
Appendixes 315
About the Authors 317
About Srila Prabhupada 321
References 323
Glossary325
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 339
Index of Sanskrit Verses 341
General Index 351

Part II: Krsna's Letters

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Nine
The Happiness of the Yadus 1
Ugrasena Crowned King of Mathura 5
Krsna and Balarama Accept Sandipani Muni as Their Guru11
Ordering Varuna to Return the Guru's Son 17
Krsna Fights with Pancajana 23
Yamaraja Trembles at Sound of Lord's Conch 29
Krsna Orders Yamaraja to Return His Guru's Son 35
Yamaraja Glorifies Krsna and Balarama 41
Akrura's Mission in Hastinapura 47
Lord Krsna Visits Beautiful Kubja 53
Chapter Ten
The Stories of the Washerman, Weaver, and Florist 57
Washerman Criticizes Lord Ramacandra 63
Weaver Sews Wedding Clothes For Lord Ramacandra 71
Hemamali Offers Lord Siva 300 Lotus Flowers Daily 77
Chapter Eleven
The Stories of Kubja and Kuvalayapida 83
Lord Siva Visits Surpanakha 89
Lord Siva's Prayers to Lord Krsna 95
Mandagati Becomes an Elephant 101
Jarasandha captures Kuvalayapida 107
Chapter Twelve
Pancajana's Previous Birth 109
Utathya's Sons Become Wrestlers 115
Fate of Smelling Unoffered Flowers 121
How Visnu Obtained His Conch 127
Pancajana After He Merged 133
Chapter Thirteen
The Arrival of Sri Uddhava 135
Lord Krsna Dispatches Letters 141
The Gopis Near Suicide 147
Colorful Cows 153
The Cowherd Boys Meet Uddhava 159
Chapter Fourteen
The Meeting of King Nanda and Uddhava 167
Nanda Embraces and Worships Uddhava 173
Nanda's Hope 179
Sri Yasoda Asks, "Does Krsna Remember Me?" 185
Yasoda Regrets Tying Up Krsna 192
Uddhava Recaps Krsna's Pastimes 198
Krsna Throws Down Kuvalayapida Elephant 204
Chapter Fifteen
Seeing Sri Radha 209
A Mysterious Chariot 216
Radha Hosts Uddhava 224
Radha's Astonishing Expansions 230
How a Wife Assists Her Husband 238
Void Origins Unscientific 245
Radha Gets Her Letter from Krsna 251
Chapter Sixteen
Comforting Sri Radha and the Gopis 253
Uddhava Compared to Hanuman 260
Radha Gives Pure Devotion to Uddhava 267
Krsna Teaches the Gopis Yoga 276
Chapter Seventeen
Gopis Describe Their Remembrance of Sri Krsna 277
Jealousy Towards Kubja 283
Kubja Likened to Manthara 289
In Darkness, All is One 302
Laksmana Disfigures Surpanakha 308
Chapter Eighteen
Uddhava Hears Gopis Words & Returns to Mathura 313
Mohini Accused of Partiality 315
Kubja and Krsna Both Bent in Three Places 323
Tears Defeat Ink 328
Uddhava as Attorney for Gopis 334
Appendixes 339
About the Authors 341
About Srila Prabhupada 345
References 347
Glossary 349
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 365
Index of Sanskrit Verses 367
General Index 379

Part III: Musician Narada

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Nineteen
The Festival on Sri Krsna's Return1
Krsna and Uddhava Depart for Vrndavana 4
Krsna Calls the Cows by Name as He Greets Them 6
Krsna is Welcomed by the Gopas 10
Nanda and Yasoda Reunite with Krsna 16
Radha and the Gopis Immediately Go to Krsna 19
Krsna Enters King Nanda's Village 26
Commentary Regarding Krsna's Revisiting Vrndavana 29
Chapter Twenty
The Liberation of Rbhu Muni 31
Radha Calls Krsna to a Secluded Banana-tree Forest 34
Radha's Renunciation in Krsna's Absence 38
Radha Speaks to Krsna About Her Separation from Him 41
Krsna Explains to Radha Their Non difference 46
Radha, Krsna and the Gopis Enter the Rasa Dance Circle 52
Lord Krsna Suddenly Disappears 57
Rbhu Muni Attains the Goal of Yoga 61
Rbhu Muni Glorifies Radha and Krsna 70
Rbhu Muni Returns to Goloka 76
Chapter Twenty- One
The Story of Sri Narada 79
Rbhu Muni's Body Becomes Liquified 81
Krsna's Body Liquified 84
Brahma Requests Narada to Father Children 87
Narada Cursed to Become a Gandharva 91
Narada Cursed to Become a Sudra 94
Narada, King of Sages and Best of Devotees 97
Description of Ilavrta-varsa 99
Jambunada, the Golden River 104
Narada Discovers Veda-nagara 108
The Personified Ragas Narrate Their Troubles to Narada 111
Narada Inquires About Learning Music Properly 115
Narada's Prayers to Goddess Sarasvati 121
Goddess Sarasvati Gives Narada His Vina 126
Chapter Twenty- Two
Display of the Proficiency in Music by Narada 131
Narada Searches for a Suitable Audience 132
Narada Visits the Guna Avataras 135
Narada Reaches the Supreme Realm of Goloka 138
Narada Performs His Music for Radha and Krsna 143
Krsna Becomes a Liquid 145
The Glories of the Ganga 150
Krsna and the Gopis Enjoy a Rasa Dance on the Yamuna 156
Chapter Twenty- Three
Sri Krsna Leaves Vraja & Returns to Mathura 161
Glorifying Krsna, The Gopas Request Him to Stay 166
Krsna Comforts the Gopas and Promises to Return Monthly 174
Krsna and Company Mount Their Chariots 177
Chapter Twenty- Four
The Killing of the Kola Demon 181
Kausaravi-pura Harassed by the Kola Demon 185
Balarama Fights with Kola and His Army 189
Kola and His Maddened Elephant Duel with Balarama 193
Kola Disappears After Being Struck by Balarama's Club 197
Balarama Dispells Kola's Magical Illusion 200
Balararna Kills Kola by Throwing Him to the Ground 203
Garga Muni, Balarama and Sages Bathe in the Ganga 208
Glories and Description of Rama-tirtha 211
Lomasa Tells History of Pig-faced Kola 214
Jahnu-tirtha and the Great Brahmana Jahnu 217
Manduka Muni Receives the Mercy of Balarama 220
Manduka Muni's Boon to Hear the Bhagavati-samhita 225
Balarama Glorifies Uddhava as Krsna's Representative 230
Uddhava's Empowerment Upon Krsna Leaving the World 235
Srimad-bhagavatam's Importance to the Age of Kali 239
Janamejaya Performs Yajnas and Becomes Ruler of Earth 243
Manduka Muni Will Hear Bhagavatam from Janamejaya 249
Balarama's Boon to the Sages at Sankarsana-sthana 252
Chapter Twenty- Five
The Glories of Sri Mathura 261
Sri Krsna is the Deity of Mathura 264
The Greatness of Kapila-Varaha 268
Siva as Bhutesvara is the Gatekeeper of Mathura 271
The Result of Performing Austerities in Mathura 276
Lord Varaha Speaks the Glories of Mathura 282
Benedictions for Hearing the Mathura-khanda 291
Mathura Mahatmya: (Verses 1-108) 294
Appendixes 309
About the Authors 311
About Srila Prabhupada 315
References 317
Glossary 319
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 335
Index of Sanskrit Verses 337
General Index 349

Sixth Canto

Part I: Rukmini and Krsna

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter One
Jarasandha's Defeat 1
Krsna and Uddhava Depart for Vrndavana 15
Krsna Fills the Sky With the Sounds of His Sarnga Bow 22
Balarama Kills the Remaining Soldiers 42
Jarasandha Returns Defeated to Magadha-desa 50
Chapter Two
Residence in Sri Dvaraka 53
Krsna and Balarama Consider What To Do 59
King Mucukunda Goes to Sleep 72
Sri Mucukunda Offers Obeisances Unto Lord Krsna 82
Krsna Instructs Mucukunda to Go to Badarikasrama 95
Krsna Kills the Mleccha Army 100
Krsna and Balarama Flee to Mount Pravarsana 105
Krsna and Balarama Jump 127
Chapter Three
Lord Balarama's Wedding 129
Sri Raivata Asks Brahma for a Son-in-law 134
Sri Brahma Recommends Lord Balararna 142
King Raivata Leaves for Badarikasrama 147
Chapter Four
Journey to the City of Kundina 149
King Bhismaka Decides to Give His Daughter to Lord Krsna 154
Prince Rukmi Stops King Bhismaka 185
Lord Krsna Goes to Vidarbha 193
King Damaghosa Brings a Great Army to Kundina City 205
The Kidnapping of Sri Rukmini 209
Rukmini Sees Sri Krsna 214
Rukmini Prays that Sri Krsnacandra Become Her Husband 227
Chapter Six
Yadavas' Victory When Rukmini is Kidnapped 235
Lord Krsna Kidnaps Princess Rukmini 242
Jarasandha's Vassal Kings Assemble to Fight with Krsna 247
Balarama Strikes Paundraka, Jarasandha, and Viduratha 259
The Kings Vow to Imprison Krsna and Balarama 263
Chapter Seven
The Marriage of Sri Rukmini 267
Rukmi Pursues Krsna with Two Armies 271
Rukmi Shoots Lord Krsna in the Chest 275
Lord Krsna Shaves and Humiliates Rukmi 287
Rukmi and Rukmini Discard Their Unhappiness 294
Lord Krsna Marries Rukmini 296
Appendixes 299
About the Authors 301
About Srila Prabhupada 305
References 307
Glossary 309
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 323
Index of Sanskrit Verses 325
General Index 333

Part II: Glorious Dvarka

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Eight
The Marriages of All the Queens 1
Krsna Marries Jambavati, Satyabhama and Kalindi 3
Krsna Marries Mitravinda, Satya, Bhadra and Laksmana 17
Krsna's 16,108 Wives and Their Exalted Sons 23
The Kidnapping and Glorification of Pradyumna 27
Krsna is the Source of All Incarnations 36
Chapter Nine
The Arrival of Sri Dvaraka 43
Anarta Challenges His Father, Saryati 46
Anarta Glorifies Sri Krsna 50
Saryati Banishes Anarta from His Kingdom 56
Anarta's Austerities and Krsna's Boon 61
Dvaraka Descends from Vaikuntha 70
Chapter Ten
The Glories of Cakra-tirtha 77
The Glories of Dvaraka 78
Creation and Glories of Gomati River 83
The Story of Cakra-tirtha 94
Kuvera's Nine Treasures and Durvasa's Curse 109
Chapter Eleven
Liberation of the Elephant and the Crocodile 121
Kuvera's Ministers Become a Crocodile and an Elephant 125
The Fight at Cakra-tirtha 130
Kuvera's Ministers Restore Their Former Positions 140
Chapter Twelve
The Glories of Sankhoddhara-tirtha 145
Kaksivan Becomes a Conch 148
Kaksivan Liberated by Krsna 155
Chapter Thirteen
The Glories of Prabhasa-tirtha, the Sarasvati River, Bodha-pippala, and the Place Where the Gomati River Meets the Ocean 171
The Glories of Prabhasa-tirtha 171
The Glories of Bodha-pippala 179
Where the Gomati River Meets the Ocean 192
Chapter Fourteen
The Glories of Ratnakara, Raivata, and Kacala 209
The Glories of Ratnakara 209
Medhavi Becomes a Mountain 213
Medhavi Requests a Home in Lord Krsna's City 219
King Raivata Kidnaps Mount Saila's Son 226
The Glories of Mount Raivata 237
Chapter Fifteen
The Glories of Nrga-kupa and Gopi-bhumi 241
Kapitanka and Dvivida Gorilla at Mount Raivata 242
The Glories of Kalavinka-tirtha 247
The Glories of Nrga-kupa 252
The Glories of Gopi-bhumi and Gopi-candana 260
The Story of Dirghabahu's Liberation 270
Dirghabahu's One Pious Deed 285
Appendix 297
About the Authors 299
About Srila Prabhupada 303
References 305
Glossary 307
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 323
Index of Sanskrit Verses 325
General Index 333

Part III: Krsna's Queens Meet the Gopis

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Sixteen
Seeing Sri Radha's Form 1
The Glories of Siddhasrama 1
Sridama's Curse 7
Satyabhama Boasts 18
The Battle with Narakasura 23
The Parijata Dispute 33
Satyabhama Praises the Queens 65
Queens Wish to see Radha 70
Seeing Sri Radha the Queens Faint 80
Chapter Seventeen
Sri Sri Radha and Krsna Meet at Siddhasrama and the Nature of Sri Radha's Love Is Revealed87
Radha Respects Queens 96
The Queens Worship Sri: Radha 105
Sri: Radha's Cup of Milk 111
Chapter Eighteen
In the Course of Describing the Glories of Siddhasrama, a Description of the Rasa-dance Festival 121
The Queens Desire a Rasa Dance 131
The Greatest Rasa Dance? 144
Radha Prefers Vrndavana 149
The Queens are Humbled 158
Chapter Nineteen
In the First Fortress of Dvaraka, the Glories of Lila-sarovara, Hari-mandira, Jnana-tirtha,Krsna-kunda, Balabhadra-sarah, Ganesa-tirtha, Dana-sthala, and Maya-tirtha 163
Samba's Leprosy 173
Kali's Garland of Demons' Heads 191
Chapter Twenty
In the Description of the Second Fort, the Glories of Indra-tirtha, Brahma-tirtha, Surya-kunda, Nailalohita-tirtha, and Sapta-samudra-tirtha 195
Chapter Twenty - One
In the Description of the Third Fort, the Glories of Pindaraka-tirtha 205
History of Hanuman 205
The Iron Club Curse 213
When Dvaraka Floods 229
Chapter Twenty- Two
The Story of Sri Sudama-vipra 235
Sudama's Wife Speaks Up 239
Krsna's Simultaneous Presence 250
Krsna Snatches Sudama's Rice 270
Sudama's Home Becomes Heavenly 282
Tribute to Sriman Kusakratha dasa Prabhu 297
Appendix 299
About the Authors 301
About srila Prabhupada 305
References 307
Glossary 309
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 323
Index of Sanskrit Verses 325
General Index 335

Seventh Canto

Part I: The Previous Life of King Ugrasena

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter One
The Story of King Maruta 1
Maruta's Lineage 10
The Extraodinary Sacrifice of King Maruta 16
Narada describes the Rajasuya Sacrifice 28
The Fate of the Sacrifice's Gold 41
Krsna Blesses Maruta to return as Ugrasena 52
Chapter Two
The Abhiseka Ceremony of Pradyumna 67
Ugrasena Proposes Sacrifice to Krsna 67
Pradyumna Vows to Conquer the Kings of Jambudvipa 74
Pradyumna Receives Abhiseka and Armaments 79
Chapter Three
The Conquests of the Yadava Army 95
The Yadava Army Departs Dvaraka 95
The Mighty Elephants of the Yadava Army 102
The Extraordinary Horses of the Yadava Army 109
The Great Yadava Army 124
Chapter Four
Pradyumna's Digvijaya Tour 127
Ugrasena Instructs the Yadavas on Dharma 127
Arrangements of Pradyumna's Martial Forces 142
Krsna's Arrangement to Reduce the Burden of the Earth 153
Chapter Five
Pradyumna Conquers Kaccha and Kalinga 159
The King of Kaccha Happily Submit to Pradyumna 166
Annirudha Fights the King of Kalinga & His Soliders 172
Gada Defeats the King of Kalinga 177
Chapter Six
The Conquest of Marudhanva, Malava and Mahismati 185
The Defeat of Marudhanva 185
The King of Malava Worships and Submits to Pradyumna 199
The Yadavas Take Darsan of the Narmada River in Mahismati 229
The King of Mahismati Surrenders 205
Chapter Seven
Pradyumna Conquers Gurjara and Cedi-desa 211
Gurjara Conquered 211
Sisupala Blasphemes Krsna 213
Sisupala Refuses to Submit Cedi-des a to his Enemy, Krsna 227
Narada Describes Military Phalanxes 240
Chapter Eight
The Killing of Dyuman and Sakta 247
Dyuman's Division Combats the Yadavas 250
Sakta's Division Combats the Yadavas 259
Bhanu Vows to Defeat Ranga & Pinga 262
Chapter Nine
Victory over Cedi-desa after the Death of Ranga and Pinga 267
Bhanu Slays Ranga & Pinga 267
The Great Battle of Sisupala and Pradyumna 273
Damaghosa Submits Tribute from Cedi-desa 291
Appendixes 297
About the Author 299
About Srila Prabhupada 301
References 303
Glossary 305
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 319
Index of Sanskrit Verses 321
General Index 331

Part II: Pradyumna the Great

Contents

Preface xi
Authenticity of Sri Garga-samhita xvii
Introduction xxi
Chapter Ten
Expedition to Karusa-desa After Conquering the Lands of Konkana, Kutaka, Trigarta, Kerala, Tailanga, Maharastra and Karnata 1
The Conquest of Konkana and Kutaka 1
Pradyumna and Entourage Visit Pilgrimage Sites 18
The King of Kerala Pays Tribute 22
The King of Tailanga Receives Learned Instructions 23
The Rulers of Maharastra and Karnata Worship Pradyumna 32
Dantavakra Attacks the Yadavas 35
Chapter Eleven
Dantavakra's Defeat and Pradyumna's Conquest of Karusa-desa 59
Sons of Krsna Battle Dantavakra 59
Dantavakra Taunts the Yadavas 68
Dantavakra and Pradyumna Duel 83
Chapter Twelve
Conversation Between Pradyumna and Agastya Rsi 91
The Usinaras Deliver Gifts of Dairy 91
The Ruler of Campavati Gives Tribute 95
King Bhismaka Opulently Receives the Yadavas 97
The Heroes of Kunta and Darada Worship Pradyumna 99
Pradyumna Inquires from Agastya Rsi 100
Chapter Thirteen
The Conquest of Mallara and Lanka After Defeating Salva 141
Salva Incites Dvivida Gorilla to Terrorize the Yadavas 142
Salva Overpowered 150
Uddhava Composes Message to Lanka 151
Vibhisana Consults Sukracarya 163
Jaya & Vijaya- The Previous Births of Sisupala and Dantavakra 168
Vibhisana's Devotion 182
Chapter Fourteen
Pradyumna Conquers Dravida-desa 191
Avadhuta Dattatreya 192
The King of Dravida-desa Worships Pradyumna 204
Pradyumna Visits Pilgrimage Sites 205
Lord Parasurama Feasts with the Yadavas 208
Parasurama Speaks on the Absolute Truth 219
Chapter Fifteen
The Conquest of Anga, Uddisa, Damara, Vanga, Asima, Kamarupa and Kekaya 233
The King of Anga Pays Tribute 233
Samba Conquers Uddisa 235
The Conquest of Vanga 237
The Conquest of Sorcerer King Pundra 244
King Dhrstaketu of Kekaya Honors Pradyumna 255
Chapter Sixteen
The Story of Janaka 261
Dhrti-The Great Vaisnava King of Mithila 261
The Great Pious City, Mithila 267
Dhrti's Devotion to Krsna 280
Pradyurnna Blesses King Dhrti 295
Appendixes 303
About the Author 305
About Srila Prabhupada 307
References 309
Glossary 311
Sanskrit Pronunciation Guide 319
Index of Sanskrit Verses 321
General Index 331

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First Canto

Part I: Krsna's Planet













Part II: Krsna Comes to Earth












Part III: Krsna the Butter Thief













Second Canto

Part I: Krsna Enters Vrndavana













Part II: Krsna's Vraja Sports













Part III: The Rasa Dance













Third Canto













Fourth Canto

Part I: Ekadasi The Lord's Day













Part II: Goddess Yamuna














Fifth Canto

Part I: Krsna Prophecy












Part II: Krsna's Letters













Part III: Musician Narada













Sixth Canto

Part I: Rukmini and Krsna













Part II: Glorious Dvarka













Part III: Krsna's Queens Meet the Gopis













Seventh Canto

Part I: The Previous Life of King Ugrasena













Part II: Pradyumna the Great













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