In V.S. 1548 at
the age of 13 years, Shri Mahaprabhuji arrived
in mathura during his first global tour; he resided
at Vishram Ghat on the bank of Yamuna river.
At this time he form Shri Yamunastakam which describes
Shri Yamunaji’s divine description in "Pruthvi
first eight shlokas, Shri Mahaprabhuji describes
Shri Yamunaji’s eight fold powers, its divine
& wonderful icon and her divine qualities.
Shri Yamunaji is the daughter of divine Sun.
Her purpose for coming to earth from heaven
through Kalind mountain is to bless her devotees.
Her physical state
as a river is also very attractive and charming.
She is so kind that she even blesses evil
people ! Shri Yamunaji blesses her devotees
with eight fold powers. Even if an evil
person, drinks water from the river Yamuna to
quench their thirst, She blesses that person.
So, if we humbly pray to her with knowledge and
understanding, we should not be surprised if she
blessed us also.
One of the example
from Shri Mahaprabhuju’s 84 Vaishnavas, is of
Kishoribai. Kishoribai was chanting only
two lines from Yamunastakam with full faith.
Shri Yamunaji blessed Kishoribai with all divine
Yamuna Maham, Sakal Siddhi Hetum Muda,
Murari Padpankaj Sfuradamand, Renootkatam,
Tatastha Nav Kanana, Prakat Mod Pushpambunaa,
Suraa Sursu Poojitaha, Smara Pituh Shri yambibhrateem.
Shri Yamunaji is
capable of giving all kind of achievements.
This first shloka describes the physical state
of the river. Its both banks are full of
glittering sand which is believed to be as soft
as lotus feet of Shri Murari Prabhu (Shri Krshna.)
Also, there are various kind of gardens of the
both banks of the river. The river water
is full of scent due to flowers of the garden
on her banks. Shri Yamunaji is also worshipped
by two kinds of vraj devotees. I bow to
Shri Yamunaji described above, full love and devotion.
She is capable of giving fulfillment of all the
desires of the devotee in enjoying God’s love.
Girimastake, Pata Damand Poorojjwalaa,
Vilas Gamanollasat, Prakatgand Shailonnata,
Sagoshagantidantura, Samadhiroodh Dolottama,
Mukund Rati Vardhinee, Jayati Padma Bandhoho Suta.
In this shloka,
Shri Mahaprabhuji describes that how Shri Yamunaji
can bless her devotees to increase their love
towards Shri Mukund Prabhu. Also, Shri Mahaprabhuji
describes the physical existence of Yamunaji as
river. It flows enthusiastically from the
top of Kalind mountain. The swirling waters
appear to be as white as milk because of the force
and flow of the river upstream. It seems
like Shri Yamunaji is very eager to go in Vraj
and meet Shri Krshna. It also gives impression
as Shri Yamunaji is swinging in best kind of jhula.
Victories to this most divine daughter of the
Bhuvana Pawaneem, Adhigatamane Kashwanaihi,
Priyabhiriva Sevateam, Shuka Mayur Hansadibhihi,
Tarang Bhuj Kankana, Prakat muktikavaluka,
Nitambtat Sundareem, Namat Krushna Turya Priyam.
When Shri Yamunaji
came to earth from the heavens, She blessed the
whole globe by Her presence. All living beings,
including birds such as parrots, peacocks and
swans, serve Shri Yamunaji. Shri Mahaprabhuji
visualize the glittering sand as her bangles of
pearl and the waves upon the waters as beautiful
divine hands of Shri Yamunaji, moving to and fro
in a continuous manner. The meandering waters
form beautiful banks on either side of the river,
which look like the volupturous curves of a beautiful
maiden. She is favorite fourth queen of
Shri Krshna. And Shri Mahaprabhuji asks
us to bow to her.
Gunabhusite, Shiva Viranchi Devastute,
Ghanaghan Nibhe Sada, Dhruva Parasharaa Bhistade,
Vishuddha Mathura Tate, Sakal Gopgopi Vrute,
Krupa Jaladhi Sanshrite, Mama Manha Sukham Bhavayah.
In this shloka,
Shri Mahaprabhuji describes the prayer to Shri
Yamuna Maharani. O! Shri Yamunaji, you have
infinite divine qualities. Even, Gods like
Shiv and Brahama praise you. You have granted
all the wishes of such great devotees as Dhruv
and Parasher. Such holy cities as Mathura
are on your banks. You are always with
gopi’s and gopijans and you are always protected
by blessings of Shri Krshna. O! Shri Yamunaji,
I wish that you give me such a blessing that it
gives peace and happiness to my mind. Chanting
this shloka with pure and honest heart gives tremendous
mental peace and eternal happiness.
Charan Padmajaa, Muraripoho Priyam Bhavuka,
Samaagamanto Bhavet, Sakal Siddhida Sevatam,
Taya Sadrushtamiyat, Kamalja Spatnee Vayat,
Hari Priya Kalindaya, Mansi Mesada Stheeyatam.
Shri Gangaji evolved
from the lotus feet of Shri Bhagavan. Shri
Gangaji became holy and pious due to merging with
Shri Yamunaji at Triveni Sangam at Prayag (Allhabad), India.
Shri Yamunaji made Shri Gangaji capable of giving
all boons to her devotees. Amongst great
goddesses, only Shri Laxmiji is equal and comparable
to Shri Yamunaji in honor and power. I only
wish that Shri Yamunaji, who can remove all worries
of her devotees, and who is also the most favorite
of Lord Shri Krshna, comes to stay in my heart
and soul forever.
Yamune Sada, Tav Charitra Matyadbhutam,
Na Jaatu Yam Yatna, Bhavati Te Payaha Panatha,
Yamopi Bhaginee Sutan, Kathamuhanti Dushtanpi,
Priyobhavati Sevanaat, Tav Hareryutha Gopikaha.
O! Shri Yamunaji,
I bow to you with my full body and heart.
Your divine character is very wonderful.
Just by drinking your water in Vraj, we do not
have to worry about the pangs of death.
Your devotees can become favorite of Shri Krshna
just like the gopijanas who became His favorite
by doing "Katyani Vrat" on your banks (Vrat =
religious observance accompanied by fasting).
Tav Sannidhau, Tanu Navatvam Etavata,
Na Durlabhatama Rati, Muraripau Mukundpriye,
Atostu Tav Lalna, Surdhunee Param Sangamaat,
Tavaiv Bhuvi Keertita, Na Tu Kadapi Pushti Sthitaihi.
O! Shri Yamunaji,
who is the favorite of Shri Mukund Prabhu, I pray
to you and respectfully request a divine body,
fit enough for Shri Bhagvad Leela and also able
to serve you. Only you are capable of granting
such a boon. With such a divine body, I can serve
Shri Mukund Prabhu very well. Pushti Margiya
vaishnavas (Jivas) had never praised Shri Gangaji
without your merging with Shri Gangaji.
tava karoti kha, kamalajasepatni priyae,
Hareryadanusevaya, bhavati sokhyamamokshatah,
Eeyam tava kathadhika, sakalegopikasangamah,
Smarashramajalanubhih, sakalegatrajaih sangamah.
O Thous daughter
of the sun, Thou art worthy of all praises! Indeed,
singing thy praises and living near thee is more
desirable than Moksha (nirvana / liberation of
the soul). Indeed, your sacredness was enhanced
when the gopies of Vraj, along with Shri Krshna,
bathed in thy waters after the Rasa. The sweat
of their divine sports mixed with thy waters,
enhancing your holy powers for all time to come.
muda, pathati surasutae sada,
Samastaduritakshayo, bhavati vai Mukundae ratih,
Taya sakalesiddhayoo, Murarupushya santushyati,
Svabhavavijiyo bhavet, vadati Vallabhah Shrihareh.
This ashtaka (hymn
of eight stanzas) of the daughter of the Sun,
is recited on a regular basis, Shri Yamnunaji
will grant such a boon so that the devotee's love
for the Lord will increase day by day. What better
blessing can we desire than that ! The Lord Murari
will fulfill all the wishes of such a devotee
and more over, one will be able to win over one's
own nature. This is said by Swaminiji’s dear Shri
Vallabhacharya. (Shri Mahaprabhuji)
Edited and Translated by Shri Jayeshbhai Gandhi