May Śrī Yaśodā, the Queen of Vraja, from whose breasts an unbroken stream of milk trickles out of motherly love for her son, who tries to protect Him with billions of life-airs when she sees even a mere sweatdrop on His body, who is so attached to Him that if she cannot see Him even for a moment, she anxiously laments like a cow with a newly born calf, may she protect me.
Original text by Raghunath Das Goswami. Commentary by Ananta Das Pandit, Mahant of Sri Radha Kund. Translation by Advaita Das.
gharmasyāpi lavasya rakṣaṇa-vidhau sva-prāṇa-dehārbudaiḥ |
āsaktā kṣaṇa-mātram apy akalanāt sadyaḥ prasūteva gau-
vyagrāyā vilapaty alaṁ bahu-bhayāt sā pātu goṣṭheśvarī ||10||
Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā: In the previous verse, Śrīpāda Raghunātha Dāsa described the pure parental love of Śrī Nanda Mahārāja and in this verse he praises the complete embodiment of motherly love, mother Yaśodā, taking shelter at her lotus feet for the fulfillment of his aspirations.
Śrīmat Rūpa Gosvāmīpāda described the shelter of parental love as follows-
Then Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī introduced them as follows-
From this we can understand that mother Yaśomatī embodies the crown jewel of parental love. Indeed, she is the deepest form of all parental love!
In the explanation of the previous verse we described the pure paternal love of Śrī Nanda Mahārāja, which is completely free from any whiff of reverence. In mother Yaśodā, these feelings are present in an even more astonishing way.
When Śrī Kṛṣṇa lifted Govardhana Hill, the cowherders were moved by an awareness of His prowess, but Śrī Nanda Mahārāja made them understand that his son had received some power from Lord Nārāyaṇa, so that He was able to perform all these extraordinary feats.
But Yaśomatī could not even believe that! How could in her comprehension the power of Lord Nārāyaṇa ever be infused in her tiny child? By the grace of Lord Nārāyaṇa, her child that was as tender as a Śiriṣa-flower, had been protected from different calamities, and even this was the result of Śrī Goparāja (Nanda)’s earnest worship of Lord Nārāyaṇa.
It was for this reason that at his advanced age, he could still have this son, who illuminated the whole world, on his lap. Here mother Yaśodā is superior even to Śrī Nanda Mahārāja as the milk-ocean of pure parental love.
Śrīmat Rūpa Gosvāmīpāda has written:
Hence Śrī Raghunātha says: “Milk constantly flows from mother Yaśodā’s breasts because of her great love for Kṛṣṇa, which is completely free from awe and reverence.” (putra-sneha-bharaiḥ sadā snuta-kuca-dvandvā) This sāttvika bhāva exists only in the motherly love:
Not even being with Śrī Kṛṣṇa, when mother Yaśodā simply hears about Him, the strong sāttvika-bhāva of milk trickling from her breasts is visible on her.
When Kṛṣṇa had left for Mathurā, He sent Śrī Uddhava Mahāśaya to Vraja to console Śrī Nanda-Yaśodā. When Uddhava was discussing kṛṣṇa-kathā with Śrī Nanda Mahārāja, mother Yaśomatī, who was emaciated because of not eating for so long, emitted streams of milk from her breasts.
This is described by Śrīpāda Śuka Muni:
It is with this kind of motherly love that mother Yaśomatī tries to protect her tender son with millions of life-airs and bodies from even a single sweatdrop, for she becomes very thoughtful when she sees even one drop of sweat on His body, thinking that He has overworked.
Which poet or scholar could describe the motherly love of mother Yaśodā through his poetry or scholarship without directly experiencing it? It is inconceivable! Any elucidation or example that may nourish this description of Śrīpāda Raghunātha is paltry. There is no doubt about this! Nothing can compare to the wonderful picture which Śrī Raghunātha, the matchless sculptor of Vraja-rasa, has painted with words here of mother Yaśodā’s motherly love.
Finally he says:
Thus the mahājanas have described mother Yaśodā’s anxiety about Śrī Kṛṣṇa before He leaves for the forest –
The closer the evening-time draws near, when Kṛṣṇa is expected back from the goṣṭha, the more anxious and worried mother Yaśodā gets out of separation from Him. Then, as she walks in and out of the house, she exceeds the love of millions of cows, that have newly born calves.
Nothing can compare to the motherly love of mother Yaśodā! Hence Śrīpāda Raghunātha prays:
stana kṣīre āṅkhi nīre bhāse nirantara
putra aṅge gharma heri ati vyagra ho’ye;
śānti vidhāna kore koṭi deha prāṇa diye
kṣaṇa kāla adarśane govinda vadana;
prasūta gābhīra nyāya vyākulita mana
bhaye vyagra hoiyā yini korena vilāpa;
yaśomati rakṣā koru kori āśīrbāda
“May Yaśomati, whose heart melts out of affection for her son, Who constantly bathes in her own breast milk and tears, who becomes very anxious when she sees perspiration on her son’s body and who comforts Him with millions of her life-airs and bodies, who becomes agitated like a cow with a new calf when she does not see Govinda’s face for even a moment and who fearfully laments over Him, protect me with her blessings.”
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