Srimad Bhagavatam Study Circle on Jan 29th 2011 at Houston Namadwaar.
tribhuvana kamanam tamAla varNam
ravikaragauravarAmbaram dadhAne |
vijayasakhe ratirastu me anavadyayA ||
May an extreme liking, which is pure and devoid of desire for results, be present in me towards the Friend of Arjuna, the One who wears an excellent garment glittering like the rays of the Sun and Who has a body with a bluish hue resembling the Tamala tree and is extremely charming to all the three worlds, and the One whose lotus-like face is encircled by the curly locks of hair.
Bhishma pitha admires the beauty of Lord Krishna not just while he was in the death bed of arrows but during the war and now at the very end of his life he goes on to remember all that beauty of Bhagavan and describes them in the stuthi.
Tamala tree is a special spice tree whose bark is of a bluish hue and so Bhishma compares the body of Sri Krishna to that of the tamala tree. He also specifies very beautifully that Sri Krishna is the most beautiful in all the three worlds (tribhuvana kamanam).Beautiful comparisons of Sri Krishna’s beauty reflects the bhakthi of Bhishma pitha.The pithambaram robe of Sri Krishna shone so bright as the golden rays of the rising sun …his curly locks falling over his forehead and face that is like a lotus flower are just a few of those passionate descriptions.
It is a very interesting fact that all through out Bhagavatam in each stuthi the person doing the stuthi would be expressing their love and admiration for Bhagawan from their own perspective. Bhishma pitha being the great warrior that he is portrays the beauty of Sri Krishna from the very eyes of a warrior and hence the terms “Vijaya Sakhe”.It is only a great Bhagavatha who can admire the beauty of Krishna amidst fighting a fierce battle.
In Bhishma stuthi , Bhishma pitha addresses Bhagavan Sri Krishna always in link with Arjuna as in “pArthasakhe’…..the reason for doing so is because Krishna was so fond of Arjuna and inorder to win the favour of Lord Sri Krishna Bhishma pitha tries to please Krishna saying he is none other than that Arjuna’s grandfather.
Some say Bhishma was even a little jealous of the special bond and love that Krishna had for Arjuna and hence the remarks “ Partha sakhe’!