संस्कृतम्

जीवनस्य लक्ष्यमेव संस्कृतस्य वर्धनम्

प्रतिवचः कृष्णस्य पुष्णातु नः

कस्त्वं बालः बलानुजः किमिह ते मन्मन्दिराशङ्कया
युक्तं तत् नवनीतपात्रविवरे हस्तं किमर्थं न्यसेः।
मातः कञ्चन वत्सकं मृगयितुं मा गा विषादं क्षणात्
इत्येवं वरवल्लवी प्रतिवचः कृष्णस्य पुष्णातु नः॥
kastvaṁ bālaḥ balānujaḥ kimiha te manmandirāśaṅkayā
yuktaṁ tat navanītapātravivare hastaṁ kimarthaṁ nyaseḥ|
mātaḥ kañcana vatsakaṁ mṛgayituṁ mā gā viṣādaṁ kṣaṇāt
ityevaṁ varavallavī prativacaḥ kṛṣṇasya puṣṇātu naḥ||
This verse (from Shri Krishna Karnamrtam) outlines a conversation between Krishna and a Gopi (Krishna is (as usual) at her place, eating butter!):
Gopi: Who are you!
Krishna: The brother of Balarama (to sound more imposing through Balarama’s balam!)
Gopi: What are you doing here?
Krishna: Thought this is my house [and came in]
Gopi: That’s ok, why is your hand in the butter pot!?
Krishna: I am looking for a calf (!!!), [please] do not get upset mother (ah, what pleasure it must have been to be addressed as mAtaH by Krishna!)
May the [wonderful] repartees of Krishna to the best of the cowherd women invigorate us!

 

In one of the discourse of Shri Hariji that I heard recently, he mentions this story, also adding to it: Krishna actually reasons with the Gopi about the missing calf:

Krishna: Why do we have calves?
Gopi: So as to obtain milk?
Krishna: Why do we  get milk?
Gopi: To set  curd, and then obtain butter
Krishna: When the butter pot itself is here, why should I look for the calf (with the end in hand, why should I look for the means!)

Indeed, may that mischievous ever-endearing Krishna and Krishna-lilas bless us with bhakti!

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4 responses to “प्रतिवचः कृष्णस्य पुष्णातु नः

  1. S November 12, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Nice! This seems to be almost a genre of Sanskrit poetry. The first verse of the Mudraraskshasa goes as follows. Parvati, jealous of Ganga, is trying to question her husband:

    “धन्या केयं स्थिता ते शिरसि?” “शशिकला” “किं नु नामैतदस्याः?”
    “नामैवास्यास्तदेतत् परिचितमपि ते विस्मृतं कस्य हेतोः?” ।
    “नारीं पृच्छामि नेन्दुम्” “कथयतु विजया न प्रमाणं यदीन्दुर्”
    देव्या निह्नोतुमिच्छोरिति सुरसरितं शाठ्यमव्याद्विभोर्वः ॥

    “dhanyā keyaṃ sthitā te śirasi?” “śaśikalā” “kiṃ nu nāmaitad asyāḥ?”
    “nāmaivāsyās tad etat paricitam api te vismṛtaṃ kasya hetoḥ?”
    “nārīṃ pṛcchāmi nendum” “kathayatu vijayā, na pramāṇaṃ yadīndur”
    devyā nihnotum icchor iti surasaritaṃ śāṭhyam avyād vibhor vaḥ

    “Who is that lucky one residing on your head?”
    “Shashikala [Moon crescent].”
    “What? Is that her name?”
    “Of course! It is known to you; how could you have forgetten?”
    “I’m questioning (about) the woman, not the moon.”
    “Fine, question [your friend] Vijaya, then, if the moon is no authority.”
    May Shiva’s ingenuity, thus guarding the Divine River from the Goddess, be your protection.

    Apparently, Ratnakara has written an entire work, Vakrokti-panchashika, with fifty such Shiva-Parvati poems.

  2. gayathri November 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Here is a sloka from the same text krishna karnaamrtam which also describes the conversation between radha and krishna. And the words are in slesha or pun.
    अङ्गुल्या कः कवाटं प्रहरति
    कुटिले माधवः किं वसन्तो
    नो चक्री किं कुलालो न हि
    धरणिधरः किं द्विजिह्वः फणीन्द्रः ।
    नाहं घोराहिमर्दी किमसि
    खगपतिर्नो हरिः किं कपीन्द्रः
    इत्येवं गोपकन्या प्रतिवचन
    जितः पातु वः चक्रपाणिः ॥
    radha- who taps the door with the finger?
    krishna- I am madhava here.
    (the word madhava also means cupid or manmatha or vasantha)
    Radha- is that vasantha?
    Krishna – I am the one with the chakra or wheel.
    Radha- then are u kulaala or the potter? (potter also has wheels)
    Krishna- no I am the one who carry this world (dharanee dharah)
    Radha – are you the two tongued serpent king? (it is beleived that adisesa carries this world)
    Krishna – I am ghora ahi mardi or the killer of snake (ahi means snake)
    Radha – are you the king of birds or khagapati ? ( that is garuda)
    Krishna – no I am Hari( the word hari also means monkey)
    Radha – are you the monkey?

    oh let the lord who was won by radha in the conversation protect us.

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