Janmashtami-Krishna is our Sweet and Simple Lord

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.01 - Janmashtami-Krishna is our Sweet and Simple Lord (download mp3)
by Govinda Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.14.1
naumidya te 'bhra-vapuse tadid-ambaraya
vanya-sraje kavala-vetra-visana-venu-
laksma-sriye mrdu-pade pasupangajaya

Lord Brahma said: My dear Lord, You are the only worshipable Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and therefore I offer my humble obeisances and prayers just to please You. O son of the king of the cowherds, Your transcendental body is dark blue like a new cloud, Your garment is brilliant like lightning, and the beauty of Your face is enhanced by Your guñja earrings and the peacock feather on Your head. Wearing garlands of various forest flowers and leaves, and equipped with a herding stick, a buffalo horn and a flute, You stand beautifully with a morsel of food in Your hand.

In the previous chapter Brahma, the creator of the universe, tried to bewilder the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krsna, by stealing His cowherd boyfriends and calves. But by a slight exhibition of Krsna's own mystic potency, Brahma himself was completely bewildered, and now with great humility and devotion he offers his humble obeisances and prayers unto the Lord.

The word kavala in this verse refers to a morsel of rice mixed with yogurt that Krsna held in His left hand. According to Sanatana Gosvami, the Lord held a cowherding stick and a buffalo horn pressed under His left arm, and His flute was placed under His belt. Beautiful young Krsna, decorated with multicolored forest minerals, exhibited opulences far greater than those of Vaikuntha. Although Brahma had seen innumerable four-armed forms of the Lord, he now surrendered unto the lotus feet of the two-armed form of Krsna, who appeared as the son of Nanda Maharaja. Brahma offered his prayers to that form.