vastu prastuta-venu-nada-lahar-inirvana-nirvyakulam |
hasta-nyasta-natapavargam akhilodaram kisorakriti ||2||
In a state of frenzied madness Shri Billavmangalji is progressing on the way to Vrindavan. Initially inspired by Chintamani, thereafter getting diksha by siddh (spiritually realized) saint Shri Somagiri, then acquiring spiritually instruction from shiksha-gurush ca bhagavan shikhi-pishcha-maulih Krishna, as well as the madhurya of having attained Krishna’s darshan, Billavmangalji raves about all these experiences. A new lila or divine play is pouring out from his heart every second. He has lost consciousness of his mind and body.
Beauteous Krishna is Addressed as Vastu by Billavmangal ji
Billavmangalji is not walking on the path leading to the holy city but having assumed the sakhi bhava he is already in Vrindavan. Lila cannot manifest outside Vrindavan therefore asti or does it actually exist is initially uttered from his mouth. He sees Krishna’s svarupa in Shri Vrindavan and says that vastu, an unparalleled miraculous divine entity is present here. Someone asks where is it? He answers can’t you see it is right here in front. Why did he say entity and not person? Reason being he is dazzled the moment he beholds Krishna-he does not know what to say. Because he has seen Krishna the first time- never has he had such an experience. A completely divine-forever new entity, this is what he feels. He is conscious of a new svarupa, a new beauteous form, all the shringara is fresh…everything is fresh and new…therefore some inexpressible object -and that too not far away but very close, right in front-these words pour out from his mouth. The melodious sound of the flute play is flowing from His mouth-that sound is not some musical note of a particular raga-it is an object which has attained the state of purna nirvana (brahma anand)
The flute play is making his heart restless, making it ardently long for Krishna. That which is sthai or indelible and nitya or eternal has been called vastu in the Shrimad Bhagwat. Therefore the word vastu must have been spontaneously uttered from highly learned Billavmangal ji’s mouth.
Passionately Drawn by Lord Krishna's Flute Play
The emanating flute sound has made even rishis-munis who have attained the state of nirvana, self-realized souls who have attained the state of brahma anand and yogis of fulfilled desires ardently long for dark-hued Krishna. nirvana-nirvyakulam-it is not as if the sound of the flute play reached out to just these people but penetrating through the entire Brahmand and all the fourteen bhuvanas or cosmological regions, it reached right up to Shiv Loka and Brahma Loka. Shiva forgot about His samadhi . Not being able to refrain himself, he left Shiv Loka, headed towards Vrindavan and got immersed in raas and rasa.
Lord Krishna's Flute Play Mesmerizes the Cosmos
When Krishna’s melodious flute play reached the ears of Indra and other devas, the devangnas, apsaras, kinnars ardently longed for Him along with the devas. Supreme Lover Krishna began to manifest in front of them.Devas sat on their vimanas and following the flute play, flooded the vault of the sky. Penetrating the sky, they were mesmerized on seeing blue-hued Krishna. The devangnas swooned on inhaling the body fragrance of Krishna. The flowers they had plucked from Nandanvan fell from their hands and began to be showered on Krishna because their limbs had relaxed. Dark-hued Krishna accepted these flowers as per their respective bhavas. They began to experience the joy of Krishna in this bhava dasha or state of love flowing towards the Lord (bhavgrahi janardhan). Sound of the flute play overturned the fourteen bhuvanas but this was just its outward effect it had. Let us hear this from the mouth of Shri Billavmangal ji about how it affected the gopis for whom it was played.
Gopis' Love for Krishna
Sunat chalin brajvadhu, geet dhuni kau marag gahi,
Bhavan bhiti,drum-kunj-punj,kithun atki nahin|
Naad-amrit kau panth rangeelo, suchham bharee,
Tihi vrajtiya bhale chaleen, aan kou nahin adhikari |
Acquiring the Gopi Rupa,Shri Lilashukh Resides in Vrindavan
The path of the gopis is beyond mundane lust, pure prema laden with rasa is all that exists. It is even beyond the heart-so how could the gopis know the state of their bodies-nothing could stop them. Shri Lilashuk is himself steeped in the gopi deha and gopi bhava. Having acquired the gopi rupa, the form of a Braja milkmaid, he resides in Vrindavan and gives a description:
Gopis Passionately Drawn by Krishna's Flute Play
When gopis heard the flute sound they headed towards the flute play in infinite numbers-every limb of the gopis’ loosened, but they continued running in delicious anguish. The drawstrings of their dhotis became loose due to the speedy gush of prema, the ecstasy of hearing Krishna’s flute play. Their hands moved to hold up their dhotis but they were helpless-theirs minds were not working. Their hearts had been passionately drawn and had reached the Supreme Lover. Therefore Lilashuk is describing the sensuousness of their slipping drawstrings, which depicts their state of ardent longing. Immersed in religious rapture, he is drowning in the ocean of love. Just imagine! What a state?
Supreme Lover Krishna Surrounded by Thousands of Gopis
The Maha Rasa
The Maha rasa, whose svarupa is rasa, whose beauty is rasa, whose lila is rasa- everything is just rasa, the highest taste.
Lilashuk now sums up the situation:
Every Youthful Krishna Grants Moksha
Ever youthful Lord Krishna in whose hands it is to grant moksha to those who seek refuge in him, is the storehouse of such generosity.
 Purna nirvana: state of eternal bliss, in reunion with the Ultimate Being
 Brahma anand: ( anand or pure bliss is an eternal aspect of Brahman which we experience when we unite with Him), purnakam (of fulfilled desires)
 Purnakama: yogis of fulfilled desires
 Brahamanda: One of the earliest ideas of an "egg-shaped cosmos" comes from some of the Sanskrit scriptures. The term for is derived from two words- 'Brahm' (ब्रह्म) meaning 'cosmos' or 'expanding' and 'anda' (अण्ड) meanind 'egg'. Certain Puranas such as the Brahmanda Purana speak of this in detail.
 Samadhi: profound meditation
 Sampoorna prema: He is full of love
 Brajendra Nandan: the son of the King of Braj
 Nirvikar: blemishless