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Lord Krishna: Kripamoya das
Narrator: Arjuna das
King Satrajit: Parividha das
Brahmana : Dwarakadisa das
Prasena: Parividha das
Jambavan: Dwarakadisa das
Nanny: Asta Sakhi dasi
Jambavati: Suvrata dasi
Ketu: Deepak
Attama: Dwarakadisa das
Vijay: Dwijamani das
King Ugrasena: Parividha das
Svati: Radha Govinda dasi
Lila: Gandharvika dasi
Rupa: Suvrata dasi
Sundari: Ganga Yamuna dasi
Jambavan's son: Jaggi
Servant : Dwarakadisa das

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released May 23, 2015

Script by Parividha das

Recorded, sound effects and mixed by Dwarakadisa das

Produced and directed by Parividha das 1993


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Track Name: The Syamantaka Jewel Part 1
Sri Krishna:
Haha check.
Friend:
Sri Krishna:
Hmm!
Servant:
Excuse me my Lord, but two of the citizens would like to see you.
Sri Krishna:
Show them in.
Friend:
Check mate!
Sri Krishna:
Ahh.
Ketu:
Eh my dear Lord, we are so fortunate to be citizens of Dvarka, for
daily we are able to see Your lotus Feet, which are sought after by
means of severe penance and austerities by the great mystics and
yogis.
Attama:
My dear Lord, In your form of Narayana You hold in Your hands
different symbols. A conch shell, disc, club and lotus flower. Yet
in spite of You’re being the Supreme Personality of Godhead, You
descended in Vrindavan and acted as the child of mother Yasoda,
who sometimes used to tie You up with ropes.
Ketu:
Haha and although Your Lordship is living like an ordinary being
here in Dwaraka all the demigods are descending from their
heavenly abodes to have Your darshan.
Attama:
We even saw the sun-god himself with his appealing bodily
effulgence in the city.
Ketu:
That’s why we came to inform You. We thought You might like to
know. He is probably on his way to Your palace right now!
Actually he should be hereby now, shouldn’t he?
Attama:
Yes. We took a short cut, You see.
Sri Krishna:
Hahahaha Both of you, thank you very much for your
thoughtfulness, but the person, whom you described as the sun-god
is actually King Satrajit.
Ketu & Attama:
Satrajit?
Sri Krishna:
You see. The real sun-god has given this Satrajit the Syamantaka
jewel and it is because of the effulgence of this gem that you did
not recognize him.
Ketu:
Ah, I see.
Attama:
Amazing! Well eh eh sorry about the mix up my Lord.
Sri Krishna:
That’s all right. Anyway, thank you for your visit. Hmm. I think I
should go and see this Satrajit.

Scene 2

King Satrajit:
My dear Brahmin, just feast your eyes on the exquisite beauty of
the syamantaka jewel, which was given to me by the sun god
himself! Hahahaha. Surely there is nothing like it to be found
anywhere on this earth. Just see. Oh, just see how the colours play
so delicately within it, moving and dancing like like fire. Ah. Oh
Ah and look! Look within its heart! All the colours and designs of
the creation can be seen in there Ahhh.
Brahmana:
I see what you mean my Lord.
King Satrajit:
Hah, hour upon hour I can pass just gazing into this wonderful
gem, marveling that such a jewel is actually mine. Oh!
Brahmana:
Your majesty, it is indeed a most rare gift that you have been given
by Suryaji.
King Satrajit:
Rare? Rare? It is matchless! And that, that is why I want to install
Syamantaka right here in the temple. I want it to be worshiped
with full pomp and ceremony as is befitting! O o my most beloved
Syamantaka, before I possessed you, what value was there to my
life, but now, now that you are mine, all desires are fulfilled and
my happiness is complete.
Brahmana:
Your majesty. Eh Eh Ahum!
King Satrajit:
Hmm? O o my dear Brahmana. Please take it as your life and soul
see that this most valuable gem is properly worshiped!
Brahmana:
O noble Satrajit, You need have no fear. I can assure you that
everything will be done completely in accordance with Vedic
injunction.
King Satrajit: (Enter Krishna)
My dear Krishna! Surprise, surprise. How nice to see you. Please
please come closer and have darshan of the Syamantaka jewel. A
gift to me from the sun-god himself! I’m just arranging its
installation here. Please please come closer.
Sri Krishna:
Thank you. My dear king, I find it a a little strange to see that you
are worshiping a jewel, which is after all nothing more then a
product of the material energy.
King Satrajit:
T. He is so uncultured!
Sri Krishna:
Pardon?
King Satrajit:
Eh eh culture! Eh I was just telling the pujari that it is a sign of
great culture to worship this jewel. As it belong to the sun-god it is
as worship able as he is.
Sri Krishna:
It is indeed a a most wonderful stone. I have a marvellous idea!
As you are a subject of my grandfather King Ugrasena. Why don’t
you, noble Satrajit offer him this wonderful jewel? A. A true
servant is always willing to offer that, which is most dear to him to
his master and in this way he become glorified as a true followerof
religious principles.
King Satrajit:
Eh eh eh eh You are right of course eh eh but in this case I don’t
think it’s such a good idea. No no I’m sure that it is much better to
keep the jewel safely here in the temple. To transfer it all the way
to the to Your grandfathers palace might involve some risk to the
jewel and in this way to all the citizens of Dvaraka! Eh yes, I’m
convinced that it is much better to keep the jewel safely here.
Sri Krishna:
As you wish, but be careful, for they say that once greed has
entered a man’s heart it becomes like a malignant decease and is
very difficult to remove.
King Satrajit:
T. What a preposterous suggestion! This Krishna has become a little overproud since he established Ugrasena as the ruler of Yadus. T. Still I will not allow myself to be disturbed by such a trivial incident.
My dear Brahmin, please ensure that the Syamantaka puja goes on uninterrupted. Naturally you will be rewarded for your services.
Brahmana:
O noble jewel Satrajit. I will protect the jewel with my very life!
King Satrajit:
That’s what I like to hear. Dedication. Very good! Hahahaah.
Who would not be willing to worship a jewel, which provides the worshipper with 170 pounds of gold daily! Hahaha (Exit Satrajit)
Brahmana:
Om keshava namah om narayana namah om madhavaya namah
idam asanam etat padyam idam argham idam achmaniyam
esa madhuparkah punar achmaniyam idam snaniyam
idam vastram idam malyam esa gandha etani puspani
esa dhupa esa dipa om hrimlam suraya namah
O! I’ve forgotten the flowers! (Exits)
Prasena:
Hmm. So this is where my dear brother in keeping the jewel. What
a beauty! O I’d love to put around my neck. I can see everyone’s
face now, staring at me. Bowing their heads. Hahaha O yes. I’m
sure (enter Brahmana) Satrajit won’t mind if I borrow it for an
hour. Actually I’m sure he will, but who cares! (Brahmana slaps
his hand) Ahh!
Brahmana:
Sir! King Satrajit has given me implicit instructions about this
jewel. It is to remain here for all time as an object of worship and
so should not be removed .
Prasena:
My dear Brahmana. Let me refresh your memory as to who I am.
Brahmana:
Well I’m well aware of.
Prasena:
I am Prasena
Brahmana:
Yes.
Prasena:
King Satrajit’s younger brother.
Brahmana:
Yes sir, I know but.
Prasena:
And I’m sure that my brother won’t mind if I borrow his jewel for
a little while.
Brahmana:
But, but sir!
Prasena:
After all we are family.
Brahmana:
Yes, I understand that.
Prasena:
Now if you know what is good for you, you will not try to frustrate
my intentions!
Brahmana:
Eh but o!
Prasena:
Kindly stand aside!
Brahmana:
Sir!
Prasena:
I said, Stand aside.
Brahmana:
Yes yes yes I understand.
Prasena:
That’s much better!
Brahmana:
O dear.
Prasena:
Thank you.
Brahmana:
O no please. King Satrajit will be furious if he finds out. Please!
Prasena:
If you don’t tell, he won’t know will he?
Brahmana:
Ah!
Prasena:
I’ll be back in an hour.
Brahmana:
O no!

Scene 3

Prasena:
Waauw! This jewel has the most wonderful effect. Simply by
wearing it I feel twice the man I was before. O isn’t life
wonderful! I feel so gorgeous that I could live forever. Hello
birds. Hello trees. Those who say that this world is a place of
misery are simply frustrated old men, who have never never tasted
life’s true happiness. No for me, life is full of wonders, beauty and
unexpected joy. Ah. Hello monkeys. Hello lion. Lion!

Scene 4

Jambavan:
Hmm what’s this? Quite a pretty trinket. Just right for my little
boy. But when I think of the radiant beauty of Sri Ramachandra,
standing at the gates of Sri Lanka. Compared to that sight this
shiny jewel looks like a mere pebble. Still it will be a pretty toy for
my son.

Scene 5

Rupa:
And that was still not enough. She wanted more.
Svati:
More? She is outrageous.
Rupa:
Exactly, so I told her to get…
Lila:
Svati! Rupa! Have you heard the news?
Both:
News?
Rupa:
About the marriage of Ketu?
Svati:
We know all about that.
Lila:
No not that. I mean the news about the jewel.
Svati:
Which jewel?
Lila:
The syamantaka jewel of king Satrajit. It is lost!
Svati:
Really? How did it happened Lila? Please go on!
Lila:
Well it appears that Prasena, you know Satrajit’s younger
brother
Svati:
Yes yes!
Lila:
It appears that yesterday he has taken the jewel from the temple by
force.
Svati:
By force?
Rupa:
Prasena?
Lila:
Anyway, several people thought they saw the sun-god driving
through the city and they have also seen him driving into the
forest.
Svati:
Has the sun-god stolen the jewel?
Lila:
No! Listen! Prasena was wearing the jewel.
Svati:
Yes?
Lila:
Because of the effulgence of the stone, people mistook him for the
sun-god.
Svati:
O I see.
Lila:
Anyway. Since then nothing has been heard of him, nor of the
Syamantaka jewel.
Svati:
O this is awful! Without the jewel present here, I’m sure we must
prepare for harder ties. Isn’t it Rupa?
Rupa:
Offcourse not Svati! The opulence of Dwaraka is due only to the
presence of Lord Krishna.
Lila:
Well, whatever the true cause is. The Syamantaka jewel is lost and
I have heard.
Rupa:
Go on!
Lila:
I have heard that Satrajit (Enter Krishna) is saying that it is
Krishna (Krishna stops and listens) Who has taken the jewel from
Prasena.
Svati:
Krishna?
Rupa:
What grounds does he have for such a claim?
Lila:
Well listen to this.
Just before Prasena took the jewel away Krishna met Satrajit in the temple and suggested he give the jewel to King Ugrasena. Satrajit however refused, but Krishna apparently was insistent. That’s why Satrajit not only thinks that Krishna stole the jewel, but that he probably has killed Prasena as well!
Svati:
Really?
Lila:
Yes! He is telling everyone that this is what has happened! (Exit Krishna)
Rupa:
I cannot believe this! Satrajit disgraces himself by spreading such
rumours.
Svati:
But the Syamantaka jewel is a most valuable gem!
You can never know, can you Lila?
Rupa:
I am amazed at you Svati. That you can even think that Lord
Krishna would be capable of such an act?
Svati:
Well, he used to steal when he was a child?
Rupa:
That was butter Svati! Ah!
I can’t believe this! I’ve had enough!
Lila:
Me too.
Svati:
But Lila! Rupa!
Track Name: The Syamantaka Jewel Part 2
King Ugrasena:
My dear Krishna: Any sane man will understand that these
rumours are completely false.
Sri Krishna:
Still, it isn't right grandfather that the people are suspicious of me
grandfather . A ruler must be a man with a spotless character, who
is completely above suspicion, for whatever standards he sets,
surely the common people will follow.
King Ugrasena:
Hmm. That's true.
Sri Krishna:
Therefore I should find out exactly what has happened to Prasena and the jewel.
You will need witnesses Krishna.
Make sure to take some of the leading citizens with you.
Sri Krishna:
Excellent idea grandfather!
King Ugrasena:
Eh Krishna. Be careful
Sri Krishna:
I will grandfather.

Scene 7

Sundari:
Hello Svati.
Svati:
Hello Sundari. How are you doing?
Sundari:
Fine.
Svati:
Have you heard the news?
Sundari:
You mean about the Syamantaka jewel?
Svati:
Yes.
Sundari:
O that. Yes I have.
Svati:
O. Have you heard about Ketu?
Sundari:
No. What?
Svati:
He’s going to marry Atita!
Sundari:
Atita? Really? Anyway I’ve got to go now. I’m in a rush.
Svati:
Wwwwait! And what do you think about Satrajit accusing Krishna
of theft and murder?
Sundari:
That is the most ridiculous story I ever heard. I’m sure Satrajit will
get a heavy reaction for spreading such rumours.
Svati:
Eh, do you get bad karma for spreading rumours?
Sundari:
Of course, if they are not true! Better be careful Svati! Bye then.

Scene 8

Attama:
Ah!! Prasena’s horse! Dead! Over here!
Ketu & Vijay:
Ah:
Attama:
And look! Come! Over here!
It is Prasena’s sword. Look here is its crest.
Yes it is Prasena’s. Ah look over there!
Vijay:
Is it?
Sri Krishna:
Yes.
Vijay:
Prasena. Is he dead?
Attama:
T. what do you think?
Dwija:
Ah this is awful. What happened to him?
Sri Krishna:
It seems that he has been killed by a beast.
Probably a lion.
Attama:
How about the Syamantaka jewel my Lord?
Sri Krishna:
Well, it’s not on his body. Let us look around, but we have to be
careful, for it is possible that it’s killer is still close by. Look!
All:
Huh!
Sri Krishna:
Surely this must be the lion that killed Prasena.
But in its turn it has also been slain. Phew! Whoever killed this
lion did so without using any weapon.
Ketu:
O my Lord. All the signs indicate that there is some creature of
immeasurable strength lurking in these woods.
Dwija:
O under the circumstances my Lord, do you not think that it would
be better to return to Dwaraka and get the assistance of the army
and then to continue the search?
Ketu:
Yes, let’s do that!
Krishna:
Although it is quite clear that the slayer of this lion possesses great
strength I don’t think that there is any cause for alarm.
Attama:
Ah! my Lord. Look!
Sri Krishna:
Ah! Here is a tunnel leading in the earth. I’m sure we will find the
Syamantaka jewel within.
However I don’t think it is wise that you accompany me. I have no
desire to put you in a dangerous situation.
Attama:
My Lord, I beg you.
Do not risk Your life in such a fearful mission.
Sri Krishna:
Dear Attama. Don’t worry. Can’t you remember how I dealt with
Kamsa and his demoniac friends?
Attama:
Yes of course.
Sri Krishna:
I’ll be back as soon as I’ve covered the jewel.
Attama:
O my Lord!

Scene 9

Nurse:
Isn’t it a beautiful jewel your father has given you? O look! Look
at all those pretty colours. Now nanny is going to make your
dinner and you can tell me which colours you see. All right my
darling?
Boy:
Eh eh Blue and eh green.
Nurse:
Good. And what other colours?
Boy:
Eh eh red, yellow and orange.
Nurse:
Well done. You are going to play with it. I’m just going in the
kitchen
Boy:
No! It’s mine! Nooo!
Nurse:
What’s wrong my baby? O intruders! Jambavan! Jambavan come
quickly! Thieves! HellllllP!
Jambavan:
What! Do thieves dare to enter the residence of Jambavan! Prepare
to die human!
Jambavati:
Ah! Isn’t he beautiful?
Nurse:
Jambavati what are you saying! He is fighting with your father!
Get him Jambavan! Get him! O well done! Well done!

Scene 10

Vijay:
It’s getting really dark now. Let’s go back to Dwaraka.
Attama:
Nononono! Although the signs are not auspicious, I’m sure that
Lord Krishna is fully in control
Ketu:
Yes. Have you ever know him to perform any action imperfectly?
Attama:
We just have to be patient Vijay.
Track Name: The Syamantaka Jewel Part 3
Vijay:
Look, it has been twelve days now. How much longer do you want
to wait!
Ketu:
I also think it is better to return to Dwaraka.
Vijay:
We have to inform king Ugrasena.
Ketu:
Yes. There is no point to us staying here any longer.
Attama:
(Hears lion) All right let’s go.
Dwija:
O I’m dying for a plate of hot samosas
Ketu:
O yes! O my back is killing me. Ahh
Attama:
All you two can think of is your bodies.
Eh who is going to tell Ugrasena?
Vijay+Ketu:
You?
Attama:
T.

Scene 11

Jambavan:
O o o My dear Lord, I can now understand who You are. You are
the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Vishnu. The source of all
strength, wealth, beauty, fame, knowledge and renunciation
(breath) Ah it is You, who are the creator of the creators of the
universal affairs, You are the same Supreme Personality of
Godhead, whom I worshipped as Lord Ramachandra for no one
else has such immeasurable strength as He (Breath) and no one
else could defeat me in this way. (Breath)
Sri Krishna:
My dear King Jambavan
Jambavan:
Hmm?
Sri Krishna:
Yes king. Because you and not the lion, whom you easily killed
with your bare hands are the actual king of the forest.
Jambavan:
O my Lord.
Sri Krishna:
My dear Jambavan, the reason for my visit is the Syamantaka
jewel. Since the disappearance of this gem, My name has been
defamed. That’s why I would very much appreciate it, if you
would return the jewel to me.
Jambavan:
My Lord of course. One moment please. Here please take it, for
everything I possess is Yours.
Sri Krishna:
Thank you. Thank you very much Jambavan.
Jambavan:
And besides this jewel I would like to offer you something else.
Jambavati! Can you come here please. Jambavati? Ah Here she
comes! My dear Lord, I would consider it a great honour if you
would accept my daughter as your wife.
Sri Krishna:
This is your daughter?
Jambavan:
Huh? O Nonono.. This is her nanny. Eh Where is Jambavati?
Nurse:
She is coming. She is coming. She is just changing her sari again!
Jambavan:
Haha O my Lord, please excuse us for one moment. Here she is
my Lord, my daughter Jambavati. I would consider it a great
honour if You would accept her as Your wife.
Sri Krishna:
My dear king, how could I refuse such an offer? Thank you.
Thank you very much.
Jambavan:
No thank you.
Sri Krishna:
Hahaha My dear Jambavan. You should have seen the expression
on your face on the moment.
Jambavan:
I was very confused for…….

Scene 12

King Ugrasena:
More than two weeks have passed since you returned from the
forest. It appears that the Lord must have completed His pastimes
on this earth and has returned to His spiritual abode. Alas. Eh
Alas. the only happiness of my life has been taken away from me.
This Satrajit! It is all his fault!
Ketu:
Indeed my Lord. Ever since Satajit brought the Syamantka jewel
into the city it has been a source of great anxiety to to to all of us.
Vijay:
It is because of his poisonous gossip that Krishna went to theforest
to look for the jewel and Prasena.
Attama:
Well at least everyone knows now that Lord Krishna had nothing
To do with the jewel's disappearance and Prasena's death.
King Ugrasena:
Indeed.
Ketu:
True.
Vijay:
Yes. (Enter Krishna)
Sri Krishna:
Grandfather. (Touches Ugrasena's feet)
King Ugrasena:
Krsna! O Krsna, my dear boy. Eh who is eh...
Sri Krishna:
Grandfather, I would like you to meet my wife Jambavati.
King Ugrasena:
Oh eh my dear Jambavati. Welcome to the Yadu dynasty. Krishna,
where did you meet her? And why have you been away so long?
We were all so worried. Did you find the jewel?
Sri Krishna:
Well, as you know I went inside the tunnel. There I found the
jewel. But in order to get it back I had to first have a little fight
with my devotee Jambavan, who due to his anger did not
recognize me. Jambavan was the one, who killed the lion, who
killed Prasena. After 28 days of fighting, when he finally
understood who I am, He offered me both these jewels.
King Ugrasena:
Hah! Jaya! Ha O I was so worried! I was just about to curse this
Satrajit. Actually I don't want to ever hear his name again in this
palace.
Servant:
Eh. My lords. King Satrajit.
King Ugrasena: (He and Krishna laughs) Show him in. (Both
continue laughing)
Sri Krishna:
Satrajit. Here is the jewel, which you thought was taken by me.
You should know for sure that your brother was killed by a lion
and that I was in no way connected with his death. (exit Satrajit)
King Ugrasena
T. I'm amazed at this Satrajit. He could have at least offered you an
apology for all the trouble he has caused you. But what can you
expect from a materialist like that.
Sri Krishna:
Material wealth. You know there is a lesson to be learned from this
incident. If we become too attracted to material wealth, then that
very wealth will drag us to the lowest position.
Servant:
Ahum. My Lords, king Satrajit would like to see You again.
Sri Krishna:
Again? Show him in.
Satra:
Eh. Your majesty. My dear Lord Krishna, Please please forgive
My offences against you. Surely I am the most foolish man in this
world. Ahum . I I’m therefore not fit to keep such a wondrous
gem. So please, please take it, for there is no one save yourself,
who is fit to possess it and in addition I would like You to accept
the hand of my daughter Satyabhama. You must know that many
princes have sought her hand, but I consider You alone are fit to be
her husband.
Sri Krishna:
Thank you. thank you for these gifts, but while I certainly accept
the hand of your beautiful daughter I think it is better that the
Syamanta jewel remains in the temple, for then, due to its
presence, there will be no more famine, contagious diseases or
excessive heat or cold in the city.
King Satrajit:
If you insist.
Attama: Lord Sri Krsna ki!
All: Jaya!