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From: V. Sadagopan (75041.3037_at_CompuServe.COM)
Date: Sat Sep 07 1996 - 19:03:52 PDT
Verse 18 : The beauty of Rajagopala Svaroopam LEELAYASHTIM KARAKISALAYEH DAKSHINEH NYASYA DHANYAAM AMSEH DEVYAA: PULAKARUCHIREH SANNIVISHTAANYA BAAHU : I MEGASHYAMOH JAYATHI LALITHOH MEGALAA DHATTHA VENU: GUNJAAPEETA SPURITHA SIKUROH GOPAKANYAA BHUJANGA: II Lord Gopalan showing great affection for the Gopis stands before them in resplendent attire . He strikes a pose at that time with his tender right hand holding the sheperd's bent stick ;his left hand rests on the shoulder of the beautiful Nappinnai ; that touch of Gopalan sends shivers of joy over Nappinnai's body . That beautiful Gopalan has tucked his flute inside his waist band and has additional decoration in the form of a chain of Kunrimani beads tied across his own dark hair pulled up in the form of a bun . He shines with his dark blue hue, reminiscent of the clouds in the rainy season and wins over the Gopis with his formidable beauty . He roams around with great desire for union with Gopis. Verse 19 : The Jala Kreeta of Gopalan PRATYAALEETA STHITHIMADHIGATHAAM PRAPTHAGAATAANGAPAALEEM PASCHAADHEESHAN MILITHA NAYANAAM PRAYASEEM PREKSHAMAANA: I BHASTHRAA YANTRA PRANIHITA KAROH BHAKTHAJEEVAATHURAVYAATH VAARI KREETAA NIBITA VASANOH VALLAVI VALLABOH NA: II Gopalan desirous of performing water sports with the Gopis tucked tightly his garments .He took in his hands the water pump used in those sports. He approached one of the Gopis , who was standing with one foot forward in the water and the other planted backward on the land ., He surprised her from behind and embraced her tightly . That Gopi was overpowered by that delectable experience and partially closed her eyes and looked at Gopalan with half-open eyes. He returned her affectionate glances .Their eyes met. May that Gopala engaged in water sports with the Gopis as their lover protect us , since he is the medicine for his devotees suffering from the afflictions of Samsaara . Verse 20 : Krishna stealing the clothes of Gopis VAASOH HRUTHVAA DINAKARA SUTHA SAMNIDHAOU VALLAVEENAAM LEELAASMEROH JAYATHI LALITHAAM AASTHITHA: KUNTHASAAKHAAM I SAVREETAABHI: TADHANU VASANEH TAABHIRABHAYARTHYAMAANEH KAAMI KASCHITH KARA KAMALAYOH: ANJALIM YAACHAMAANA: II On the banks of the Yamuna river shines the Lord , who is seated on the bow of a Kunthaa tree with a smile on his face . He is enjoying the prank that he played on the unsuspecting Gopis , who had left their clothes on the river bank and were engaged in taking morning abolutions. He wanted to teach them a lesson for breaking the rules of Sastras, which forbid one from taking bath in the river without wearing a cloth . Gopalan sneaked up on the crowd of Gopis deeply absorbed in water sports and took all of their clothes and climbed up the Kuntha tree and sat on one of its branch and waited for them to come out of the water. The unaware Gopis completed their water sports and abolutions and got out of the water and discovered that there clothes were removed by the smiling Gopalan sitting on the adjascent Pinnai (Kuntha) tree . Overcome by modesty , they rushed back into the water and prayed to him to return their clothes. He commanded them to come out of the water with folded hands raised above their hands as a mark of atonement for the sin of breaking the injunctions of Saastras . They had no choice , but to obey him to regain their clothes. May that mischievous Gopalan fond of Gopis be victorious ! verse 21 : Pala Sruthi of Gopala Vimsathi ITHYANANYAMANASAA VINIRMITHAAM VENKATESA KAVINAA STHUTHIM PATAN I DIVYA VENU RASIKAM SAMEEKSHATEH DAIVATHAM KIMAPI YOWATHA PRIYAM II This stotram has been created by the poet Venkatesa , who does not consider any God other than Gopala/Naraayana .Those who read and recite this eulogy will have the blessings of the Darsanam of the God of incomparable beauty , Venugopalan , Who was the keen object of desire of youthful Gopis . Swami Sri Nigamaantha Maha Desikan Thiruvadigaleh SaraNam. Oppiliappan Koil Varadachari Sadagopan September 7 , 1996.