षोडशे कन्याकाशुल्कं ददौ लब्ध्वा धनं सताम् |
नरसिह्मस्तस्य सत्यञ्चक्रे श्रियः पतिः ||
पितृश्राद्धं सप्तदशे चकार च हरिः स्वयम् |
बृन्दावनं गते तस्मिन् लोकवेदपराङ्ग्मुखे ||
एवमष्टादशाध्याये कृष्णदासो दृढव्रतः |
बृन्दावनं परित्यज्य प्रपेदे द्वारकापुरीम् ||
एकोनविंशे भक्तस्य स्वयं प्रेमनिधेर्मुदा |
दर्शयामास मार्गञ्च रात्रौ करुणया हरिः ||
Chapter Sixteen explains this incident. Shri Narasimha Mehta used the money entrusted to him by the sdhus to give dowry in his daughter's marriage. Later Lord Shripati fulfilled the promise of Shri Mehta. As per Chapter Seventeen Mehta left for Shri Brindavan forgetting the worldly code and the prescriptions of the Vedas. So Lord Hari Himself performed the shraddha ceremony of his father. Chapter Eighteen decribes how the determined Krishnadas left Shri Brindavan and reached Dwaraka. The Nineteenth Chapter deals with the incident of Shri Krishna accompanying His devotee Premanidhi and showing the right path to him in the dark night due to His untold mercy.
द्वादशे कृष्णदासी च मीरा प्रेमरसोन्मदा |
विवाहिताsभवत्कृच्छ्रादाज्ञया गिरिधारिणः ||
त्रयोदशे कुंभकेन राज्ञा मीरा तिरस्कृता |
ब्रुन्दावनमुगात्य चकार सुखाजीवनम् ||
चतुर्दशे भक्तजनैः प्रार्थिता द्वारकां गता |
मीरा स्वयं लयं प्राप द्वारकाधीशविग्रहे ||
पञ्चदशे सिह्ममेधाः प्रजावत्या तिरस्कृतः |
आश्रित्य पार्वतीकान्तं लेभे श्रीकृष्णदर्शनम् ||
Chapter Twelve tells us that Meera who cherished loving devotion to Lord Krishna, got married obeying the command of Lord Giridhara Gopala. Abandoned by Rana Kumbha, Meera reached Shri Brindavan and stayed there peacefully. This is given by Chapter Thirteen. On the request of the devotees Meera arrived at Dwaraka. There she had the darshan of Lord Dwarakanantha, merged with the Lord and dissaoeared. Chapter Fourteen describes this. In Chapter Fifteen Shri Narasimha Mehta was driven out of his home by his sister-in-law Prajavati. He surrendered unto Shri Shiva and was blessed with the darshan of Lord Krishna.
अष्टमे रूपलालस्तु राधावल्लभकिङ्करः |
उपेक्ष्य योगिनां सिद्धिं प्रेममुग्धो बभूव च ||
नवमे विष्णुदेवी च कृष्णप्रेमपरायणा |
बन्धून् सर्वान् परित्यज्य बृन्दावनमुपाययौ ||
दशमे कर्मदेवी च विसृज्य पितरौ पतिम् |
कृच्छ्रेण श्रीवनं प्राप स्वच्छन्दं प्रेमतत्परा ||
एकादशे हसीना च सह सख्या हमीदया |
बृन्दावनमुपागत्य लेभे गोविन्दसङ्गमम् ||
Chapter Eight explains the way Roopalal, the devotee of Shri Radhavallabha was enchanted by prema bhakti and hence brushed aside all yogic accomplishments. Shri Vishnudevi whose abiding passion in life was Krishna prem, left behind all her relatives and reached Shri Brindavan. This story is described in Chapter Nine. The Tenth Chapter narrates the story of Karmadevi, who gave up her parents and husband and independently reached Brindavan with overwhelming Krishna prem as the only goal of her life. Along with her frined Hameeda, Haseena reached Shri Brindavan and gained union with Shri Govinda. This is the story narrated in Chapter Eleven.
पञ्चमे कर्मठादेवी यवनेनापि पीडिता |
कृष्णेन सिह्मरूपेण पालिता यमुनावने ||
षष्ठे तु हरिवंशस्य तनयं रसिकोत्तमम् |
गोपीनाथं समाश्रित्य लालदासःपरं गतः ||
सप्तमे ध्रुवदासस्तु श्रुत्वा ध्रुवकथां मुदा |
सद्यो मधुवनं प्राप्य राधादेवीं ददर्श ह ||
Karmathadevi who was caught in the grip of a muslim was saved by Shri Krishna who came in the disguise of a lion. This is the subject matter of Chapter Five. As per Chapter Six Baladaasa was uplifted as he took refuge in Gopinathacharya the great rasika and sone of Shri Harivamsha. Chapter Seven deals with the life of Dhruvadasa, who was inspired by the story of Dhruva and hence reached Shri Brindavan and had the darshan of Devi Radha.
तृतीये व्यासदासस्य प्रार्थनां नन्दनन्दनः |
अङ्गीकृत्य दधाराशु मुरलीं स्वयमेव हि ||
चतुर्थे कीर्तिता व्यक्तं गङ्गायमुनायोःकथा |
Chapter Three describes the exciting incident of Shri Nandakumara paying heed to the prayers of Vyasadeva and voluntarily taking in the hand the flute offered to Him. The Fourth Chapter narrates the story of Ganga and Yamuna who were the devotees of Shri Radhavallabha and who were full of Gopi prem.
द्वितीये व्यासदासस्तु विच्छिन्नं नूपुरं श्रियः |
बबन्ध स्वोण्वीतेन विशुद्धप्रेमतत्परः ||
The Second Chapter goes like this. Due to his pious prem, Shri Vyasadasa tied the broken anklet of Devi Radha with his sacred-thread.
प्रथमे हरिवंशस्तु राधादास्यपरायणः |
चकार शैशवे स्तोत्रं राधारससुधानिधिम् ||
The First Chapter tells about Shri Harivamsha who considered service of Shri Krishna to be the only object of his life and completed a great work entitled "Radharasa Sudhanidhi" even in his young age.
अथ षष्टस्य भागस्य कथासंग्रह उच्यते |
यत्र श्रीहरिवंशस्य वंशोsयं परिकीर्त्यते ||
Shri Sadguru said
Here, the subject matter of Book VI is given in a nutshell. The family line of Harivamsha is portrayed in this.
परिपूर्णं करोत्येव भक्तानां काममच्युतः |
कामयन्ते कृष्णमेव निष्कामा वैष्णवाश्च ते ||
यः पठेत् साक्षिगोपालचरितं परमं शुभम् |
स प्राप्नोति परां भक्तिं श्रीकृष्णचरणाम्बुजे ||
भक्तिरेव महालाभो ब्रह्मादिसुरदुर्लभा |
तस्माद्भक्तिं विना नान्यं वरमिच्छन्ति वैष्णवाः ||
Shri Bhagavan fulfils all the desires of His bhaktas. The devotees have all their selfless desires centering around Lord Krishna. True devotion to the Lord is the greatest of all attainments. It is not accessible even to the devas like Brahma. So, the vaishnavas do not cherish any boon other than true bhakti. Those who read the glorious story of Shri Sakshi Gopala attain loving devotion to the lotus feet of Lord Krishna
Thus ends Chapter Twenty Four entitled 'Purushottamadasa Charitam' of Book VI of Shri Vaishnava Samhita composed by Shri Shri Krishna Premi Swamigal.
कृष्णस्य वचनं श्रुत्वा पुनर्जागरणं गता |
लेभे सा परमानन्दं महाराज्ञी तु मालिनी ||
प्रातरुत्थाय सा राज्ञी सह भर्त्रा सकौतकम् |
आगत्य मन्दिरं शौरेर्नासिकाग्रं व्यलोकयत् ||
रन्ध्रं विलोक्य संतुष्टा नासाग्रे देवकीशिशोः |
मौक्तिकं धारयामास सुवर्णखचितं महत् ||
विलोक्य वैष्णवाःसर्वे श्रीपतेः सुन्दरं मुखम् |
नासामौक्तिकशोभाड्यं संप्रापुःपरमां मुदम् ||
Shri Sadguru continued
Having listened to these words of Lord KrishnaMalini woke up in the morning. She experienced untold bliss. Early in the morning she went to the temple along with her husband. She looked for the hole in Shri Krishna's nose. Seeing a hole there, She became extremely happy and applied the golden nose ring on the nose of the loving son of Devaki. Beholding Lord Sripati thus adorned with a nose ring all the vaishnavas attained great joy.
रन्ध्रान्भावान्नासिकायां नासामौक्तिकमद्भुतम् |
न शेकस्तु धारयितुं सा राज्ञी दुःखिताsभवत् ||
द्रष्टुकामापि कृष्णस्य नासिकायां मौक्तिकाञ्चिताम् |
संप्राप नितरां शोकमनवाप्तमनोरथा ||
तदा स्वप्ने महाराज्ञा दत्वा दर्शनमद्भुतम् |
उवाच मधुरं कृष्णो भगवान् भक्तवत्सलः ||
मा विषीद महाराज्ञी प्रातरागच्छ मन्दिरम् |
तव नासामौक्तिकं तद्देहि मे हेमशोभितम् ||
अर्चकैः शोधयित्वा मे नासिकाग्रं विलोकय |
मौक्तिकं धारामूल्यं नासायां रन्ध्रमस्ति मे ||
As there was no hole in the nose of Lord Gopala, He could not be adorned with a nose ring. This made the queen very sad. She wanted to see the Lord adorned with that jewel. She was dissapointed when it did not materialise. Lord Krishna, the patron of the bhaktas, appeared in her dream and spoke as follows.
Shri Bhagavan spoke
Oh, dear Mother! Do not feel sad. ome to the temple in the morning and offer your nose ring to Me. You can find a hoe in My nose with the help of the priests. The nose ring can be applied there.
कदाचिन्मालिनीदेवी सर्वाण्याभरणानि सा |
अर्पयामास कृष्णाय स्वीयानि परेमपूर्वकम् ||
अर्चका धारयामासुर्भूषनान्यखिलानि ते |
सानन्दं साक्षिगोपालं जगदानन्दकारकम् ||
One day induced by her immense devotion to Lord Sakshi Gopala, Malinidevi offered all her ornaments to the Lord Himself. The priests decorated the Lord with all those jewels. Lord Gopala thus adorned provided delight to all hearts.
नीलाचलसमीपे तु ग्रामे निर्माय मन्दिरम् |
तत्र न्यवेशयद्देवं गोपालं सर्वसाक्षिणम्
नित्यं राजा धर्मपत्न्या मालिन्या सह माधवम् |
सायं प्रातर्दर्शायं परिचर्यापरायणः ||
The king erected a temple in a village near Jagannath Puri (Neelachal) and installed Lord Gopala the Eternal witness therein. Daily he used to go to the temple and render service to the Lord along with his wife.
तच्छ्रुत्वा कुपितो राजा चतुरङ्गबलान्वितः |
पुरुषोत्तमदेवस्तु श्रीविद्यानगरं ययौ ||
विजित्य समरे राजा श्रीविद्यानगराधिपम् |
स्ववीर्यं दर्शयामास सत्यधर्मपरायणः ||
प्रददौ कन्यां स्वयमेव महीपतिः |
पुरुषोत्तमदेवाय मालिनीं हेममालिनीम् ||
विलोक्य साक्षीगोपालं विद्यानगरवासिनम् |
भक्त्या स्वदेशमानस्तु प्रार्थयामास भूपतिः ||
पुरुषोत्तम देवस्य दृढया भक्तिनिष्ठया |
वशीकृतस्तु गोपालो जगन्नाथपुरीं ययौ ||
King Purushottamadasa was provoked and hence invaded Vidhyanagar with a big army having the four wings of chariotry, elephantry, cavalry and infantry. The truthful and righteous king defeated the ruler of Vidhyanagar and thus proved his might. The ruler of Vidhyanagar was ashamed of himself and gave his daughter Malini in marriage to Purushottamadasa. Purushottamadasa beheld Lord SakshiGopala dwelling at Vidhyanagar and pleaded with Him to fo over to his kingdom. Lord Sakshi Gopala was overhwlmed with the bhakti of Purushottamadasa and reached Jagannath Puri
अनुरूपामाप्तुकामो गृहिणीं स महीपतिः |
वव्रे कन्यां महासाध्वीं विद्यानगरभूपतेः ||
स राजा गर्वितः प्राह मार्जकायामयस्य तु |
वैष्णवानां सेवकाय नाहं दद्यां सुतामिति ||
The king came to know that the king of Vidhyanagar had an amicable daughter. He wanted to marry her and hence, sent word to her father. The king of Vidhyanagar was a man puffed with vanity. He insulted Purushottamadasa saying that he would not give his daughter to a man who is engaged in temple-cleaning.
साम्राज्यगौरवं राजा विस्मृत्य भगवत्परः |
जगन्नथालयं गत्वा परिचर्यां करोति सः ||
कुर्वन्नित्यं भगवतो मन्दिरे मार्जनादिकम् |
आनन्दं परमं लेभे विनीतो विष्णुकिङ्करः ||
He was so deeply devoted to Shri Bhagavan that he was oblivious of his high office as the king. He used to go to the temple regularly and render service to Lord Jagannatha. He even attended to the menial job of cleaning the temple very eagerly. He was so humble that he considered himself to be the servant of Shri Bhagavan.
पुरुषोत्तमदेवाख्यो राजाsसीदुत्काले पुरा |
महावीरो महाधीरो धर्मरक्षणतत्परः ||
आदित्य इव तेजस्वी चन्द्रवत् प्रियदर्शनः |
हुताश इव दुर्धर्षो बलवान् पवनो यथा ||
समुद्र इव गम्भीरो हिमवानिव सुस्थिरः |
दाता कर्ण इव श्रीमान् धनवान् धनदो यथा ||
युधिष्ठिर इव क्षान्तः शरण्यो राघवो यथा |
अम्बरीष इवायञ्च विष्णुभक्तिपरायणः ||
Shri Sadguru said
There was a king named Purushottamadasa in the Utkala province (Orissa). He was very brave, courageous and deeply rooted in righteousness. The king was powerful like the sun, pleasing like the moon, uncontrolled like agni and strong like vayu. He was majestic like the sea and firm like the Himalayas. He was as generous as Karna and as rich as Kubera. He resembled Dharmaputra in his patience. Lord Rama in protecting the helpless and Ambarisha in his unbounded devotion to Lord Vishnu
इत्युक्तो भगवान् कृष्णो भक्तेन ब्रह्मचारिणा |
श्रीविद्यानगरं शीघ्रं प्रययौ सत्यवत्सलः ||
गच्छतो नगरं श्रीघ्रं कल्याणब्रह्मचारिणः |
पश्चात् कृष्णस्य देवस्य शुश्रुवे नुपूरध्वनिः ||
पुर्याः समीपमागत्य निवृत्तो नूपुरध्वनिः |
पश्चाद्ददर्श भक्तश्च ददृशेsर्चावपुर्हरिः ||
दर्शयामास वर्णीं तं सर्वसाक्षिणमागतम् |
सर्वे जना हरिं दृष्ट्वा प्रापुः परमविस्मयम् ||
सत्यमेव वदत्येष ब्रह्मचारीति माधवः |
सदस्युवाच सानन्दं शुश्रुवुर्निखिला नराः ||
ततो वृद्धश्च सानन्दमनुज्ञातः स्वबन्धुभिः |
स्वलङ्ग्कृतां ददौ कन्यां कल्याणब्रह्मचार्रिणे ||
भगवान् साक्षिगोपालो श्रीविद्यानगरेsवसत् |
भक्तेन पूजितो नित्यं निर्मिते मन्दिरे जनैः ||
Shri Sadguru continued
When He was told so, Bhagavan Shri Krishna set out for Vidhyanagar along wih the devotee, Brahmachari to give witness to his truthfulness. Kalyana Brahmachari could go on listening to the tinkling of the anklets of Shri Bhagavan. That sound reassured him that Shri Bhagavan was going along with him. Reaching the outskirts of the village, the tinkling stopped. Now the devotee looked back. Bhagavan stood there in the aecha form. Brahmachari showed the Eternal Witness, Shri Bhagavan to all. All People were greatly surprised to see Shri Bhagavan there. In the village assembly Shri Bhagavan proved that Brahmachari was speaking the truth. Listening to that all became happy. Later, with the conset of the relatives, the old man gave his beautifully adorned daughter to Kalyana Brahmachari. Lord Sakshi Gopala (Gopala, the Witness) swelt in the temple built by the devotees at Vidyanagar. Brahmachari was engaged in His daily pooja.
Thus ends Chapter Twenty Three entitled 'Sakshi Gopala Charitam' of Book VI of Shri Vaishnava Samhita composed by Shri Shri Krishna Premi Swamigal