Srimad Bhagavatam 10.16.06-10 - Highlights of battle of Kaliya (download mp3) , (download flv) and (download mp4)
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tam canda-vega-visa-viryam aveksya tena
dustam nadim ca khala-samyamanavatarah
krsnah kadambam adhiruhya tato ’ti-tungam
asphotya gadha-rasano nyapatad visode
Lord Krsna saw how the Kaliya serpent had polluted the Yamuna River with his terribly powerful poison. Since Krsna had descended from the spiritual world specifically to subdue envious demons, the Lord immediately climbed to the top of a very high kadamba tree and prepared Himself for battle. He tightened His belt, slapped His arms and then jumped into the poisonous water.
According to the acaryas, Lord Krsna also tied back the locks of His hair as He prepared to do battle with Kaliya.
paryak pluto visa-kasaya-bibhisanormir
dhavan dhanuh-satam ananta-balasya kim tat
When the Supreme Personality of Godhead landed in the serpent’s lake, the snakes there became extremely agitated and began breathing heavily, further polluting it with volumes of poison. The force of the Lord’s entrance into the lake caused it to overflow on all sides, and poisonous, fearsome waves flooded the surrounding lands up to a distance of one hundred bow-lengths. This is not at all amazing, however, for the Supreme Lord possesses infinite strength.
tasya hrade viharato bhuja-danda-ghurna-
var-ghosam anga vara-varana-vikramasya
asrutya tat sva-sadanabhibhavam niriksya
caksuh-sravah samasarat tad amrsyamanah
Krsna began sporting in Kaliya’s lake like a lordly elephant — swirling His mighty arms and making the water resound in various ways. When Kaliya heard these sounds, he understood that someone was trespassing in his lake. The serpent could not tolerate this and immediately came forward.
According to the acaryas, Lord Krsna was producing wonderful musical sounds within the water simply by splashing His hands and arms.
kridantam apratibhayam kamalodaranghrim
sandasya marmasu rusa bhujaya cachada
Kaliya saw that Sri Krsna, who wore yellow silken garments, was very delicate, His attractive body shining like a glowing white cloud, His chest bearing the mark of Srivatsa, His face smiling beautifully and His feet resembling the whorl of a lotus flower. The Lord was playing fearlessly in the water. Despite His wonderful appearance, the envious Kaliya furiously bit Him on the chest and then completely enwrapped Him in his coils.
tam naga-bhoga-parivitam adrsta-cestam
alokya tat-priya-sakhah pasupa bhrsartah
When the members of the cowherd community, who had accepted Krsna as their dearmost friend, saw Him enveloped in the snake’s coils, motionless, they were greatly disturbed. They had offered Krsna everything — their very selves, their families, their wealth, wives and all pleasures. At the sight of the Lord in the clutches of the Kaliya snake, their intelligence became deranged by grief, lamentation and fear, and thus they fell to the ground.
Srila Sanatana Gosvami explains that the cowherd boys, along with some cowherd men and farmers who happened to be in the vicinity and who were also devotees of Krsna, fell to the ground just like trees that had been cut at the root.