Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Surdas Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 5 Shlokas 18 - 20

श्रीसद्गुरुरुवाच

इत्युक्त्वा पद्मपत्राक्षी राधिका हंसगामिनी |

सूरदासं महात्मानं मन्दमन्दमुपागमत् ||

तस्याः सौगन्ध्यसंमुग्धस्तां विदन् प्रेयसीं हरेः |

जग्राह तूर्णं हस्तेन तस्या वस्न्नान्चलं महान् ||

सद्यः प्रणयकोपेन सम्युक्ता वृषभानुजा |

अवोचन्मधुरं वाक्यं वीक्ष्य कृष्णमुखाम्बुजम् ||

Shri Sadguru said

Having spoken thus, Shri Radha, with eyes like the beautiful lotus, and gait like that of the gentle swan, came slowly near the mahatma Surdas. Surdas was enchanted by Her fragrance. He understood that She was none other than Shri Radha, the beloved of Shri Krishna. He stretched his hand out and caught hold of the frill of Her long skirt. At once, with assumed anger born of prem, Shri Radha looked at the face of Shri Krishna, and started saying so.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Surdas Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 5 Shloka 17

श्रीराधोवाच

अन्धोsयं जन्मना नात द्रष्टुं मां शक्नुयात्कथम् |

एकतन्त्रीमिमां वीणां पश्यामि करसंस्थिताम् ||

Shri Radha said

Oh! Natha! He is born blind. How can he see Me? I shall just go near him and have a look at the Veena in his hand

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Surdas Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 5 Shloka 16

श्रीकृष्ण उवाच

अयं वर्णी महाशूरो गायको रसिकस्तथा |

मा गच्छ तत्समीपं त्वं सुन्दरि प्राणवल्लभे ||

Shri Krishna said

Oh, My beloved beauty! He is a great musician. He is a talented rasika. He is a very clever person and a brahmachari. So do not go near him.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Surdas Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 5 Shlokas 12 - 15

एकदाsशोकवृक्षस्य छायायां यमुनातटे |

सूरदासो महाभागः कीर्तयन्नास सुस्वरम् ||

तदा राधिकया साकं भगवन्नन्दनन्दनः |

मधुरं वादयन् वेणुमाजगाम तदन्तिकम् ||

तयोर्दिव्यसुगन्धेन मोहितो भक्तसत्तमः |

न शशाक च तौ द्रष्टुं जात्यन्धः शङ्कितोपि च ||

तत्समीपं प्रगच्छन्तीं प्रेयसीं वर्षभानुजाम् |

उवाच मधुरं कृष्णः परिहाससमन्वितः ||

Once, seated under the cool shade of an Ashoka tree on the bank of the Yamuna, Surdas, the mahatma was singing melodiously. At that time, Shri Nandakumara, accompanied by Devi Radha, came there playing on His flute captivatingly. Enchanted by the sacred fragrance emanating from Their bodies, Surdas was in a state of doubt and confusion. But he could not see them as he was blind. Looking at His spouse, Radha, who was approaching very near to Shri Surdas, Shri Krishna humourously remarked as follows.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Surdas Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 5 Shlokas 9 - 11

आस्थानगायको भूत्वा श्रीनाथं देवसत्तमम् |

नित्यं सन्तोषयामास कृत्वा गीतान्यनेकशः ||

आचार्यकृपया तस्य दिव्यज्ञानमभूत्ततः |

श्रीकृष्णलीलां बहुधा भावयन् मधुरं जगौ ||

नैष्ठिकब्रह्मचर्येण निर्मलेनैव चेतसा |

कीर्तनेनापि कृष्णस्य शुद्धं तत्कारणत्रयम् ||

That child Surdas became the virtual, royal court-singer of Lord Shrinatha. He used to please Shri Bhagavan composing new songs and singing in praise of Him daily. Due to the blessing of Shri Vallabha, he attained gnana. So he was able to conceive of the divine pastimes of Shri Krishna in myriad ways, and express them in the form of melodious compositions. His strict adherence to piety of heart, unceasing Krishna kirtan and strict celibacy resulted in the maintenance of his heart, tongue and body always pure.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Surdas Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 5 Shlokas 7 - 8

विचिन्वन् गायकं तत्र ददर्शैवाविदूरतः |

पितृभ्यां रहितञ्चान्धं सूरदासं तु बालकम् ||

आदाय तं महाभागं वात्सल्येनैव वल्लभः |

चकार ब्रह्मसम्बन्धं तस्य च प्रेमपूर्वकम् ||

Shri Vallabha came in search of the unknown singer. He at last saw the blind and orphan child Surdas. Shri Vallabha took the fortunate child to his place with all affection. He gave him the Deeksha of Brahmasambandam (closeness to the Brahman), and made him stay with himself

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Surdas Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 5 Shlokas 4 - 5

एकदोपविशन् कुञ्जे क्वचिच्छ्रीयमुनावने |

रणयन्नेकतन्त्रीं च श्रीकृष्णं मधुरं जगौ ||

तस्य कीर्तनमाधुर्यरञ्जितं श्रीवनं तदा |

यमुनासलिलस्निग्धमलयानिलसेवितम् ||

One day, he was sitting under a bower in Shri Brindavan, playing on the Veena named Ekatara and singing harmoniously in praise of Lord Krishna. At that time, the entire atmosphere of Shri Brindavan, playing on the Veena named Ekatara and singing harmoniously in praise of Lord Krishna.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Surdas Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 5 Shlokas 2 - 3

आजन्मनेत्रहीनश्च पितृभ्यां रहितः शिशुः  |

तिरस्कृतो बन्धुभिश्च दीनो भिक्षान्नजीवनः || 

गोविन्दं सुस्वरं गायंश्चचार यमुनावने  |

अकिञ्चनानां दीनानां कृष्णनाम परं धनम् || 

Shri Surdas was an orphan, and a blind man. He was deserted by all his relatives. He wallowed in poverty and lived by alms from people. He was wandering all over Brindavan, singing melodiously in praise of Shri Govinda. Is not the Divine Name of Shri Govinda the only asset of the poor?

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Surdas Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 5 Shloka 1

श्रीसद्गुरुरुवाच

सूरदासस्य चरितं वक्ष्ये परमपावनम् |

यो वल्लभप्रसादेन लेभे श्रीक्रुष्णदर्षनम् ||

Shri Sadguru said

Now I shall narrate the pious life story of Shri Surdas, who gained the sacred darshan of Shri Krishna due to the blessings of Shri Vallabhacharya.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Hariraya Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 4 Shlokas 49 - 50

यद्बहिर्विषयं चित्तं साधवः समदर्शनाः |

अन्तर्मुखं तन्नराणां कुर्वन्त्येवोपदेशतः ||

अचिरेणैव कालेन दुस्त्यजा विषयस्पृहा |

सत्सङ्गलाभमात्रेण गत्वा कृष्णं प्रशाम्यति ||

The meeting with sadhus itself has the power to cleanse the hearts. The sadhus who are uniformly disposed towards all, bless through their advice even those who have an incliniation for earthly achievements, with an inward tilted aptitude to probe into the realms of the self. In a few days, the company of the sadhus takes one closer to Shri Krishna and then even the inconquerable worldly attachment is extinguished.

Thus ends Chapter Four entitled 'Shri Hariraya Charitam' of Book VII of Shri Vaishnava Samhita composed by Shri Shri Krishna Premi Swamigal.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Hariraya Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 4 Shlokas 43 - 48

यया दर्शनमात्रेण मत्रुभावः प्रजायते |

कामिनामपि दुष्टानां सैव नारी पतिव्रता ||

यस्य दर्शनमात्रेण कामो नश्यति दुःसहः |

दुष्टानामपि नारीणां स हि भागवत्तोतमः ||

कृष्णभक्तिं विना नृणां कामो नैव विनश्यति |

तस्मात् कृष्णं समाश्रित्य वैस्राग्यं वर्धयेद्बुधः ||

वैराग्येण विना लोके शान्तिर्नैव हि लभ्यते |

तस्मादशान्तकामानां विद्यते न क्वचित्सुखम् ||

प्रेमप्रवाह्गम्भीरे भक्तिपीयूषसागरे |

प्रवृद्धे ममथो नूनं जीवितुं नैव शक्नुयात् ||

तस्मादहर्निशं कुर्यात् सत्सङ्गं प्रेमतत्परः |

साधूनां दर्शनादेव मनःशुद्धिः प्रजायते ||

She is the most chaste woman, the very sign of whom will cleanse the hearts of the wicked and the sensual persons, and urge them to feel that she is their mother. One whose darshan itself subdues the passion and lust in a woman of a bad character, is the true bhagavata. Men can win over desires only with the help of Krishna bhakti. Hence the wise surrender to Lord Krishna and thus get free from desires. Without a thorough dispassionate attitude one cannot find peace on this earth. One who does not find peace cannot get happiness anywhere. When the ocean of the nectar of intense and very powerful bhakti ebbs up with the uncontrolled pouring in of prem, then lust cannot exist there. So, one should always have Krishna prem in the object of pursuit and seek the company of great bhaktas and sadhus.

Vaishnava Samhita. ¬Shri Hariraya Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 4 Shlokas 41 - 42

श्रीसद्गुरुरुवाच

तेनैव शान्तचित्तेन हरिरायेण धीमता |

सान्त्विता राजपुत्री सा जगाम भवनं स्वकम् ||

किं चित्रं हरिदासानां चरिते लोकपावने |

यैरेव प्रेमतत्वज्ञैर्वासुदेवो वशीकृतः ||

Shri Sadguru continued

Shri Hariraya, the unperturbed gnani, consoled the proncess thus. Then the proncess returned to her place. Thus, the pious haridasas (devotees of Lord Hari) purges the entire world of evils. What is strange or unbelievable about the lifestories of such people ? Is not true that Shri Vasudeva is entrapped by their love and devotion ?

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Hariraya Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 4 Shlokas 39 - 40

मात्रा स्वस्त्रा दुहित्रा वा नाविविक्तासानो भवेत् |

बलवानिन्द्रियग्रामो विद्वांसमपि कर्षति ||

कृष्णभक्तिबलेनैव दुष्टः कामः प्रशाम्यति |

यतः कन्दर्पजनको वासुदेवो जगद्गुरुः ||

A man should not sit on the same seat along with any woman or his own sister or mother even. For, the sensory passions will overpower even great scholars. One should subdue even the most formidable desire with the help of Krishna bhakti alone. For, even the God of love (Kama) is the son of Lord Krishna (and hence under His control).

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Hariraya Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 4 Shlokas 37 - 38

हरिराय उवाच

अभयं राजतनये कृष्णभक्तिः सदास्तु ते |

त्वं नूनं शुद्धचित्तासि यत्प्राप्तं कृष्णदर्शनम् ||

शुद्धात्मनामपि सतां क्वचित्कामः प्रवर्धते |

विजित्य मन्मथं शत्रुं जागरूको वसेत्ततः ||

Shri Hariraya said

Oh! Princess! Do not be afraid. I bless you with Krishna bhakti. You have a very pure heart and that is why you were able to gain Krishna darshan. Even good people with a pure heart are perturbed by impure desires at times. Hence one should always be vigilant against lust and conquer it.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Hariraya Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 4 Shlokas 34 - 36

राजकुमार्युवाच

नमस्तेस्तु महाभाग धन्यास्मि तव दर्शनात् |

तव सान्निध्यमात्रेण पावितं हृदयं मम ||

त्वमेवासि यशोदा च यशोदा च त्वमेव हि |

नास्त्येव युवयोर्भेदो युवां कृष्णस्य मातरौ ||

अविज्ञाय महायोगिंस्तव माहात्म्यमुत्तमम् |

अपचारं कृतवती तत्क्षमस्व दयानिधे ||

The princess said

Oh, the highly fortunate one! I bow to you. I am blessed by your darshan. Due to the glory of your sacred presence I have got purified. You are Devi Yashoda herself and Devi Yashoda is none other than you. Both of you are inseperable and there is no difference between you two. Both of you are the mothers of Shri Krishna. Oh, great yogi! I have committed a blunder, not knowing your magnificence. Please forgive me.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Hariraya Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 4 Shlokas 32 - 33

यशोदाङ्कसमारूढं विलोक्य श्यामसुन्दरम् |

अभूत्तस्याः मनः शुद्धं मनोभवशराकुलम् ||

प्रसन्ने हृदये तस्याः सद्यो दर्शनमागतम् |

हरिरायं महात्मानमवोचद्भक्तिसम्युता ||

When she looked at the divine child Shri Krishna playing on the lap of the mother Yashoda, her lustful heart got purified. When her heart was cleansed, Shri Hariraya was seen in front of her. She spoke to him with great esteemas follows.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Hariraya Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 4 Shlokas 24 - 31

नीलोत्पलदलश्यामं नानाभूषणभूषितम् |

दामोदरं दयासिन्धुं देवं दिव्यदिगम्बरम् ||

कुटिलालकसम्युक्तं कज्जलालिप्तलोचनम् |

मन्दस्मितमुखाम्भोजं चलन्मकरकुण्डलम् ||

चञ्चन्मौक्तिकनासाग्रं शार्दूलनखभूषितम् |

मधुरस्वनमञ्जीरं मणिकिङ्किणिभूषणम् ||

अङ्के निधाय तं बालं श्रीमद्गोल्कुलनन्दनम् |

लालयन्तीं सवात्सल्यं नानाक्रीडनकैः सदा ||

प्रसन्नवदनां देवीं पद्मपत्रायतेक्षणाम् |

प्रवदन्तीञ्च पुत्रेण पुत्रस्नेहस्नुतस्तनीम् ||

नानाभरणदीप्ताङ्गीं कौशेयाम्बरधारिणीम् |

श्रीमतीं नन्दमहिषीं श्रीनाथस्यापि मातरम् ||

विलोक्य सुन्दरी सापि परमानन्दनिर्भरा |

हरिरायमपष्यन्ती परमं विस्मयं गता ||

विज्ञाय सहसा कन्या प्रभावं तस्य धीमतः |

ननाम चरणौ तस्य लज्जिता दीनमानसा ||

The child Nandakumara appeared to her as follows. His body had the bluish complexion of the neelotpala flower, the baby looked more handsome as He was unclad; His eyes were blackened and beautiful with Khajal;He had a smiling and hance more charming countenance; He was wearing innumerable ornaments like the Makara Kundalas (the shark-shaped ear-rings), tiger-claws, a noslet noserings; tinkling anklets and a stone studded girdle. She saw the ocean of compassion, Shri Damodhara, the head of all the devas and the child of Gukulam thus. The princess saw in front of her, Devi Yashoda, the wife of Shri Nandagopa and the divine mother of Shrinatha. She saw there Devi Yashoda, who always keeps her child in her lap and entertains Him with a number of toys and dolls, who fondles the child with great affection, who has a bright and beautiful countenance, who has attractive lotus eyes, who converses happily with her son, whose bosom is filled with unbound love for the child, and who is wearing glittering jewels and silky garments. The princess was greatly delighted to se mother Yashoda and was surprised not to find Shri Hariraya there. The maiden realised Hariraya's greatness. She was stricken with shame and hence she prostrated herself at his feet.

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Hariraya Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 4 Shlokas 20 - 23

क्वचिद्रहसि सा नारी हरिरायं दृढव्रतम् |

नानालङ्कारसम्युक्ता द्रष्टुञ्च स्वयमागता ||

विज्ञाय भावं तस्याश्च कृपया गोपिकापतेः |

प्राप चिन्ताञ्च शोकञ्च सदाचारसमन्वितः ||

आत्मनश्च तथा तस्याः कल्याणं चिन्तयन् सुधीः |

शीनाथं भावयामास यशोदाभावसंयुतः ||

तदा तस्यान्करङ्गे तु नृत्यन्तं नन्दनन्दनम् |

One day, that girl decorated herself very beautifully and reached a place stealthily to meet the steady-minded Hariraya. Hariraya learnt her secret intentions due to the unbound mercy of Lord Krishna. The blemishless man became very sad and agitated. That great bhakta gained the emotional state of mother Yashoda immediately started meditating upon Lord Shrinatha so that both the girl and himself would be safeguarded. As the same moment that girl saw the young Nandakumara dancing joyfully on the lap of Shri Hariraya. She was greatly surprised.

विलोक्य भावसंपूर्णा सा देवी प्राप विस्मयम् ||

Vaishnava Samhita. Shri Hariraya Charitam. Vol III Book VII Chp 4 Shlokas 18 - 19

सच्चरित्रापि सा देवी कृष्णभक्तिसमन्विता |

अभूच्छोकाकुला दीना हरिरायविलोकनात् ||

कामस्य लज्जा नैवास्ति यतः कामोsतिदुःसहः |

अविज्ञायाकरोत्कामं माहात्म्यं सा महात्मनः ||

Though she was well-mannered and chaste, and was a devotee of Shri Krishna, she was disturbed by the sight of Hariraya. Love entertains no sense of shame. For, it is uncontrollable. That was why she developed such intense love for Hariraya, not realizing his real greatness