Thursday, June 13, 2024

Krishna’s association with cows and cowherds

  • Tiruppavai 11

Sri Krishna is embodiment of love. His touch energises, enthuses and enlivens. His affectionate treatment of cows was divine happening in Vrepalle everyday.  Every cow there looks young and healthy. Each cow had a calf. How is that possible? Because Krishna used to touch every cow, feed, take for grazing and on return Himself personally was tying up. Hence each cow was young and giving enormous amount of milk.  Cows were completely devoted to Him.

Goda says Krishna is attracted by Jnana Soundarya, the beauty of wisdom, while physical beauty attracts ordinary males.  Goda in 11th Song is trying to invite a beautiful devotee who is Krishna-Premi and Krishna Premika. Gopikas in Vrepalle could not bear the separation from Krishna even for a minute.

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Many cowherds milking the Ever-young cows

Setrar Trial AriyachhenruSheruchheyyum

Also, the brave warriors beating enemies at their place

KutramOnrimilladaKovalar dam Porkodiye

Born in a clan that was never short of any

Putrarawal Gul PunamayilePodaray

beautiful like cobra-hood, with peacock colours

ShutrattutorimaarYellarumVandu Nin

O lady of golden grace, Join friends and relations

MutramPugundu Mugil Vannan Per- paada

We all are waiting at your front-yard to sing Krishna

ShittadePeyShadeShelvappendaatti Nee

O Lovely woman, respond to our pleas


Wake up from sleep to join us for Sri Nomu

[Transliteration of Pashuram followed by Translation from Tamil in bold & italics]

The Cows – each of which has calves, are milking their young, like calves, efficient and healthy.  Cowherds are experts in milking the cows. At the same time, they are warriors who can suppress the enemies at their place. They are sinless and no sin attaches to them ever. Innocentbecause whatever they do, they do it for Krishna. No sin attaches because of this reason. Enemies of Krishna are their enemies, they do not have any enmity with any. Here Goda is teaching us that we should do everything for Krishna, to be free from Sin, and consider none as enemy. And one who fights Krishna is his enemy.

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Gopika is a golden creeper who crawls on Krishna

The Gopika whom Goda approached today is beautiful, devoted, like a golden creeper who crawls on the support of Krishna.  Her charmful hair dress is compared to peacock with its colourful spread without any fear, and Godadescribes her curvaceous figure is like cobra spreading its hood gracefully. Krishna is Megha Varna and GaganaSadrusha, looks like sky or cloud.

Goda prays the Gopika: We all assembled here in your front-yard and singing about Krishna to draw your attention. O Beauty come with us so that Krishna will come to see you and we all can have His Darshan.

Krishna’s association with cows and cowherds

Krishna’s touch enlivens cows

With His Darshanam, Gopikas enthral while the Sparshanam of Krishna enlivens cows. Nitya Suri’s in Vaikuntham enjoy perpetual youth as if they are in twenties always. Its because of the Krishna’s proximity. It is stated in Ramayan that Dasarath was 64-thousand-year-old, but in presence of Rama he used to feel very young.  Rama is graceful towards enemies also. Raavan who abducted Rama’s wife was defeated during the Rama-Raavana battle. Rama goes to Ravan’s Lanka and His arrows made Raavan disarmed, his crown and chariot destroyed and the charioteer dead.  He lost everything. Then Rama says, Oh King of Rakshasa, you are tired enough. Now retire to your palace, rest, and come tomorrow to face me again.

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Similarly, the Yadavas, who are proud of being in the clan of Krishna, are capable of disarming the enemies in their own place. They are proud of being associated with Lord Krishna. The Gopika is enjoying in getting immersed in the thoughts of Krishna. Goda says; We came to you rushing, as the peacocks reach out to the sky studded with clouds. As we praise cloud coloured angel Krishna, we expected you to join us. But you are dumb. Not spelling even a single word.

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Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu
Prof. M. Sridhar Acharyulu
Author is Dean, Professor of law at Mahindra University at Hyderabad and former Central Information Commissioner. He published a number books in English and Telugu.


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