Lord Krishna enters Mathura


What we understand from the commentaries, explanations of acharyas is that where the chariot had now reached, this was kind of border of MathuraVrindavan border and Krishna and Balarama, they are going to enter. But the Vrindavan Krishna, Vrindavan Balarama, they are not going to enter.

padam ekam na gacchati vrindavanam parityajam

Leaving Vrindavan behind, they don’t keep even one step outside Vrindavan, that’s Krishna. So Krishna is transforming himself, He is becoming Vasudev Krishna, Balarama is also kind of step down from their status, which they hold in Vrindavan, sastras describe Lord is “purna,” complete in Dwarka, he is “purnatar,” more complete in Mathura and He is “purnatam,” most complete in Vrindavan, “purna, purnatar, purnatam.” So that purnatam, the most complete Lord is now going to become purnatar, the befitting Mathura. So what Akrur had seen was that Lord is getting ready to enter. So Krishna is going to stay behind, Vrindavan Krishna and Mathura Krishna, Vasudev Krishna. So this is the confidential aspect, otherwise, yes, Krishna and Balaram came, the chariot journey continues but something is going on here.

So this, we get this hint from this pastime of the Lord at Akrur Ghat. So now beyond Akrur Ghat, it is already “aparanha,” its beyond “madhayana,” its afternoon time and the journey now continues beyond this Akrur Ghat towards Mathura, which is not far now. So as chariot draws even closer to Mathura, “grahitwa panina panim,” Lord held the hands of Akrur in his hands and he proposes, Oh! You may go ahead with your chariot. We will get down here, we will walk, we would like to see the town. You may return to your home and Akrur heard that proposal now, it was fine with him. However, he was expecting,

punihi pada-rajasa
gruhan no griha-medhinam
” (S.B 10.41.13)

I was expecting that you both prabhus could visit my humble dwelling and we are griha-medhis, we are conditioned, attached, so I was expecting you would come. “pada-rajasa” and by the dust of your lotus feet, “punihi,” you could have purified my home. So upon hearing that request, Lord says, “ayasye,” I will come not now, and not just myself,

ayasye bhavato geham” (S.B 10.41.17)
To your home I will visit, I will come

Balarama, I will come along with Balarama, we will both come but prior to our visit of your home, we have some mission to accomplish.

yadu-cakra-druham hatva
Only after we have killed that Kamsa. We can’t, we have to be focused. The hospitality and all those things, lunches and home visits, this could wait, I will definitely come.

suhrit-priyam,” yes, to do good of a well wisher, a friend of my devotees, I will come, I will come, I will come. So promising thus to parties, Akrur continued and these two prabhus are now going to take a good look of the Mathura town. They have never ever seen such a town, they were amazed, so many people first of all, the market place, things are bit different and little complex here.

Prasaada,” the tall buildings are there. So much opulence, by this time, the cowherd boys and the party, they caught up, now they are around Krishna and Balarama. So there is very detailed description of the town of Mathura, city of Mathura given by Shukadev Goswami. Description as it is and where to be found beautiful, clean, well planned city like Mathura, Mathura is one of the seven celebrated cities called “sapta puris,” Avantika, Kanchi, Dwarka, Ayodhya, Banaras, Haridwar, so there are 7 cities celebrated, So Mathura is one of them. When you read the descriptions of this city, Dwaraka, there is nothing like it on the planet, certainly not in America, no where closer.

Such towns existed 5000 years ago, they just did some discoveries in Dwarka, now they are convinced, yes, yes, 5000 years ago, city existed here. But we have been reading, devotees have been reading the description of Dwarka for past 5000 years, they were always convinced and they were seeing that city as they read the description of either Dwarka or Mathura and after spending millons of rupees, then they find this and they find that and they try to put the whole picture together. Why? Study Bhagavatam and if you have money you could print Bhagvatam with your funds and popularize the facts as they are, as they were. So there are lakes in the middle of the town and the swans, the blooming lotuses, fragrant flowers and that filled the air with fragrance,

sansiktya-rathyapana-marga-catvaram” (S.B 10.41.22)
They would sprinkle the streets with rose waters, sanctify them, the flags everywhere. Mantras are being cahnted everywhere, all auspicious signs, there are welcome gates, there are arches, there are pleasure gardens and on and on and on. Such a description and everything is being closely observed, seen and enjoyed by Krishna and Balarama, after all this is their home town, this is their birthplace, they were born here, atleast Krishna was and Balarama also was in Mathura, just for appearance he goes to Gokul and He appears there and technically that becomes his birth place, Gokul, Balarama’s birth place but He was there as a child of Devaki, of course not mundane thing that Krishna and Balarama were in the womb and then gradually developed, we have to be also careful about that.

abhivarsan saumanasyaih
pramad bala-keshavau
” (S.B 10.41.29)
So many ladies and other devotees, on the top of their roof tops, they are showering flowers, “pramada,” the women are seeing the beauty of Krishna and Balarama, they are amazed and showering flowers, offering prayers. The Brahmans are there doing puja, offering garlands, chandan, and whole thing, throwing rice mixed with turmeric, like that and what do they say, Oh! Look this is Krishna and Balarama. How fortunate are those Gopis of Vrindavan, what kind of “tapah,” austerities, they must have performed that they get to see,

pashyanti etopashyanti
They always get to see these two prabhus.

And seeing them is a festival, they always enjoy, their eyes are always feasting on the beauty of this Krishna and Balarama, how fortunate are those,

gopyas tapah kim acaran mahat” (S.B 10.41.31)
And like that Krishna and Balarama are continuing their tour of Mathura town and then they come across a person carrying big load, he was carrying clothes, he is a washer man,

rajakam ranga-karam” (S.B 10.41.32)
Also “ranga-karam,” they dye clothes also, they wash clothes, they do all those laundry, washing, pressing and dyeing.

drishtvayacata vasamsi” (S.B 10.41.32)
(Laughs) When they saw washer man with lots of clothes, Krishna and Balarama, they requested, could you please give us some clothes? They thought it’s not a big deal, so many clothes he has, he could give a few clothes, very innocent, they did not know buying is required or whose clothes these are, they saw the clothes and give us some clothes, they were also thinking now, normally our clothes are good for going into the forest, herding cows and, but now we are in the town, we should be dressing like people of this country, this town. So this is their idea, so they have requested but they did not work, instead that person who was washer man. Aaeee! You village boys, you should be happy with what kind of clothes you are wearing. Do you know these are the clothes of the king,

raja-dravyanay” (S.B 10.41.35)
These are the clothes of King Kamsa, how you dare to ask for the clothes of the king? Who do you think you are and now Krishna will show who He is? (Laughter) What do you think you are? Ok, wait a minute, (laughs). You don’t know who I am? Ok, I will show you. (Laughter).

evam vikatthamanasya kupito devaki-sutah” (S.B 10.41.37)
devaki-sutah,” Krishna kupito, became very angry when he heard this remark of this washer man. Krishna, He became very angry and He was not carrying any weapon so,

rajakasya karagrena shirah kayad apatayat” (S.B 10.41.37)
He just used his hand and fingers, hit, and he was beheaded, his head was on one place and body was on another place and all the clothes were on third place. So Krishna and Balarama, they rushed to there where the clothes were and He picked up the best outfit and they put on these clothes. And “sesany,” so he had clothes, sankarshan, Balarama had clothes,

sheshanay adatta gopebhyo” (S.B 10.41.39)
Gopa balakas were there, the balance clothes, they gave to their friends and still there was balance, they just left them around and they walked away and they continued their Mathura darshan.

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