नौमीड्य तेऽभ्रवपुषे तडिदम्बराय
लक्ष्मश्रिये मृदुपदे पशुपाङ्गजाय ॥ १ ॥
naumīḍya te ’bhra-vapuṣe taḍid-ambarāya
lakṣma-śriye mṛdu-pade paśupāṅgajāya
śrī-brahmā uvāca — Lord Brahmā said; naumi — I offer praise; īḍya — O most worshipable one; te — unto You; abhra — like a dark cloud; vapuṣe — whose body; taḍit — like lightning; ambarāya — whose garment; guñjā — made of small berries; avataṁsa — with ornaments (for the ears); paripiccha — and peacock feathers; lasat — resplendent; mukhāya — whose face; vanya-sraje — wearing garlands of forest flowers; kavala — a morsel of food; vetra — a stick; viṣāṇa — a buffalo-horn bugle; veṇu — and a flute; lakṣma — characterized by; śriye — whose beauty; mṛdu — soft; pade — whose feet; paśu-pa — of the cowherd (Nanda Mahārāja); aṅga-jāya — unto the son.
Lord Brahmā said: My dear Lord, You are the only worshipable Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and therefore I offer my humble obeisances and prayers just to please You. O son of the king of the cowherds, Your transcendental body is dark blue like a new cloud, Your garment is brilliant like lightning, and the beauty of Your face is enhanced by Your guñjā earrings and the peacock feather on Your head. Wearing garlands of various forest flowers and leaves, and equipped with a herding stick, a buffalo horn and a flute, You stand beautifully with a morsel of food in Your hand.
In the previous chapter Brahmā, the creator of the universe, tried to bewilder the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Kṛṣṇa, by stealing His cowherd boyfriends and calves. But by a slight exhibition of Kṛṣṇa’s own mystic potency, Brahmā himself was completely bewildered, and now with great humility and devotion he offers his humble obeisances and prayers unto the Lord.
The word kavala in this verse refers to a morsel of rice mixed with yogurt that Kṛṣṇa held in His left hand. According to Sanātana Gosvāmī, the Lord held a cowherding stick and a buffalo horn pressed under His left arm, and His flute was placed under His belt. Beautiful young Kṛṣṇa, decorated with multicolored forest minerals, exhibited opulences far greater than those of Vaikuṇṭha. Although Brahmā had seen innumerable four-armed forms of the Lord, he now surrendered unto the lotus feet of the two-armed form of Kṛṣṇa, who appeared as the son of Nanda Mahārāja. Brahmā offered his prayers to that form.