Bhaktivinoda’s home at Surabhi-kunja in
bela ho’lo damodara aisa
bhoga-mandire bosi’ koraho
nandera nidese baise
baladeva-saha sakha baise sari
sukta-sakadi bhaji nalita
dali dalna dugdha-tumbi dadhi
mudga-bora masha-bora rotika
sashkuli pishtaka khir puli
karpura amrita—keli rambha
amrita rasala, amla dwadasa
luci cini sarpuri laddu
bhojana korena krishna ho’ye
radhikara pakka anna vividha
parama anande krishna korena
chale-bale laddu khay
bagala bajay ara drya
radhikadi gane heri’ nayanera
tripta ho’ye khay krishna
bhojanante piye krishna subasita
sabe mukha prakhaloy ho’ye sari
hasta-mukha prakhaliya jata
anande bisrama kore
jambula rasala ane
taha kheye krishna-candra sukhe
apurba sayyaya krishna sukhe nidra
sri-krishna-prasada radha bhunje
lalitadi sakhi-gana avasesha
mane mane sukhe radha-krishna-guna
hari-lila ek-matra jahara
bhogarati gay thakur
Just worship Sri
Gaurahari, who is always affectionate toward His devotees. He is
the same Supreme
Godhead, Krishna, who sported in the cowherd pastures of Vraja and
stole the hearts of Nanda and Yasoda.
Mother Yasoda calls to
Krishna, "My dear Damodara, it is very late. Please come right now,
sit down in
the dining hall, and take Your lunch."
On the direction of
Nanda Maharaja, Krishna, the holder of Govardhana Hill, sits down,
and then all
the cowherd boys, along with Krishna's elder brother, Sri Baladeva,
sit down in rows to take their lunch.
They are then served a
feast of sukta and various kinds of green leafy vegetables, then
nice fried things, and
a salad made of the green leaves of the jute plant. They are also
served pumpkin, baskets of fruit, small
square cakes made of lentils and cooked-down milk, then thick
yogurt, squash cooked in milk, and
vegetable preparations made from the flower of the banana tree.
Then they receive fried
squares of mung dahl patties, and urad dahl patties, capatis, and
rice with ghee.
Next, sweets made with milk, sugar, and sesamum; rice flour cakes;
thick cooked-down milk; cakes floating
in milk; and sweet rice.
There is also sweet
rice that tastes just like nectar due to its being mixed with
camphor. There are
bananas, and cheese which is nectarean and delicious. They are also
served twelve kinds of sour
preparations made with tamarinds, limes, lemons, oranges, and
There are puris made
with white flour and sugar; puris filled with cream; laddus; and
dahl patties boiled
in sugared rice. Krishna eagerly eats all of the food.]
In great ecstasy and
joy Krishna eats the rice, curried vegetables, sweets, and pastries
brahmana friend Madhumangala, who is very fond of laddus, gets them
by hook or by
crook. Eating the laddus, he shouts, "Haribol! Haribol!" and makes
a funny sound by slapping his sides under
his armpits with his hands.
and Her gopi friends out of the corners of His eyes, Krishna eats
at the house of
mother Yasoda with great satisfaction.
After lunch, Krishna
drinks rose-scented water. Then all of the boys, standing in lines,
wash their mouths.
After all the cowherd
boys wash their hands and mouths, in great bliss they take rest
with Lord Balarama.
The two cowherd boys
Jambula and Rasala then bring Krishna pan made with betel nuts,
and catechu. After eating that pan, Sri Krishnacandra then happily
goes to sleep.
While Krishna happily
takes His rest on an excellent bedstead, His servant Visalaksha
cools Him with a fan
of peacock feathers.
At mother Yasoda’s
request the gopi Dhanishtha brings remnants of food left on
Krishna’s plate to
Srimati Radharani, who eats them with great delight.
Lalita-devi and the
other gopis then receive the remnants, and within their hearts they
sing the glories
of Radharani and Krishna with great joy.
whose one and only joy is the pastimes of Lord Hari, sings this
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