TEXTS 9–10
tam adbhutam balakam ambujeksanam
catur-bhujam sankha-gadady-udayudham
srivatsa-laksmam gala-sobhi-kaustubham
pitambaram sandra-payoda-saubhagam
maharha-vaidurya-kirita-kundala-
tvisa parisvakta-sahasra-kuntalam
uddama-kancy-angada-kankanadibhir
virocamanam vasudeva aiksata
SYNONYMS
tam—that; adbhutam—wonderful; balakam—child; ambuja-iksanam—with eyes resembling lotuses; catuh-bhujam—with four hands; sankha-gada-adi—bearing a conchshell, club, disc and lotus (in those four hands); udayudham—different weapons; srivatsa-laksmam—decorated with a particular type of hair called Srivatsa, which is visible only on the chest of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; gala-sobhi-kaustubham—on His neck was the Kaustubha gem, which is particularly available in Vaikunthaloka; pita-ambaram—His garments were yellow; sandra-payoda-saubhagam—very beautiful, being present with the hue of blackish clouds; maha-arha-vaidurya-kirita-kundala—of His helmet and earrings, which were studded with very valuable Vaidurya gems; tvisa—by the beauty; parisvakta-sahasra-kuntalam—brilliantly illuminated by scattered, fully grown hair; uddama-kanci-angada-kankana-adibhih—with a brilliant belt on His waist, armbands on His arms, bracelets on His wrists, etc.; virocamanam—very beautifully decorated; vasudevahVasudeva, the father of Krsna; aiksata—saw.
TRANSLATION
Vasudeva then saw the newborn child, who had very wonderful lotuslike eyes and who bore in His four hands the four weapons sankha, cakra, gada and padma. On His chest was the mark of Srivatsa and on His neck the brilliant Kaustubha gem. Dressed in yellow, His body blackish like a dense cloud, His scattered hair fully grown, and His helmet and earrings sparkling uncommonly with the valuable gem Vaidurya, the child, decorated with a brilliant belt, armlets, bangles and other ornaments, appeared very wonderful.
PURPORT
To support the word adbhutam, meaning “wonderful,” the decorations and opulences of the newborn child are fully described. As confirmed in the Brahma-samhita (5.30), barhavatamsam asitambuda-sundarangam: the hue of the Lord’s beautiful form resembles the blackish color of dense clouds (asita means “blackish,” and ambuda means “cloud”). It is clear from the word catur-bhujam that Krsna first appeared with four hands, as Lord Visnu. No ordinary child in human society has ever been born with four hands. And when is a child born with fully grown hair? The descent of the Lord, therefore, is completely distinct from the birth of an ordinary child. The Vaidurya gem, which sometimes appears bluish, sometimes yellow and sometimes red, is available in Vaikunthaloka. The Lord’s helmet and earrings were decorated with this particular gem.

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