yat pītaṁ śrutivāṅ manobhir aniśaṁ tṛṣṇāpradaṁ tvadbhutaṁ
saṁsārāmaya hāryapi praṇayajonmādāndhya mohādikṛt
śaśvac carvitam eva bhūri rasadaṁ dehādi hṛt puṣṭidaṁ
taj jīyād amṛta spṛhā haram idaṁ govinda līlāmṛtam (5)
All glories to Śrī Govinda Līlāmṛta, the immortal nectar pastimes of Śrī Govinda, which defeats the nectar of the gods, or the desire for liberation, which constantly bestows a wonderful thirst to the ears, words and mind whenever it is drunk, which cures the disease of material life, yet produces delusions and blindness of loving intoxication, and gives inexhaustible relish, even if it is consumed again and again, nourishing even the body. (Govinda Līlāmṛta 1.5)
Here, Srila Krishna das Kaviraja Goswami writes that reading (hearing) about the pastimes of Sri Sri Radha Krishna is the best medicine to cure the disease of material life.
He is not saying anything about these pastimes being exclusively reserved for those who already cured the disease of material life.
IT IS THE CURE, THE BEST MEDICINE.
By writing this, he is perfectly in sync with the Srimad Bhagavatam, as always.
In this wonderful Srimad-Bhagavata (10.33.39) while narrating the rasa-lila, the crest jewel of all pastimes, Sukadeva Muni describes the most powerful glories of devotion:
vikriditam vrajavadhubhir idam ca vishnoh
sraddhanvito’nusrinuyad atha varnayed yah
bhaktim param bhagavati pratilabhya kamam
hrid rogam asvapahinotyacirena dhirah
“Whoever faithfully hears and narrates the loving pastimes of Sri Krishna with the ladies of Vraja will attain the topmost devotion for the Lord, will swiftly become grave and give up the heart’s disease of lust.”
Now, read the what comes next attentively several times.
Then sit down, close your eyes and imagine to be there in your spiritual form as a manjari and chant the maha-mantra, remembering what you have just read with a sense of total identification and immersion.
Divine water sports in Rādhā-kuṇḍa
The luster of Kṛṣṇa’s body eclipsed the beauty of hundreds of moons (puṣkara), His eyes resembled lotus flowers (puṣkara) blooming in the blazing sun and His sidelong glances defeated Cupid’s flower arrows (puṣkara). Kṛṣṇa was eager to play in the water (puṣkara) to mitigate His love-fatigue and that of His girlfriends. Kṛṣṇa dipped into the lotus-filled (puṣkarinī) Rādhā-kuṇḍa to sport. He looked like an intoxicated bull elephant (puṣkari) about to enjoy with his bevy of female elephants (puṣkarinī).
The two mad elephants of Kṛṣṇa’s eyes expanded in ecstasy upon viewing the glistening bodies of the gopīs whose lovely features resembled the beautiful Rādhā-kuṇḍa. The attractive azure eyes of the gopīs were blue lotuses, their faces flushed with love were pink lotuses, their bouncing locks of hair were swarms of restlessly moving bees, their full breasts were cakravāka birds and their graceful arms were stems of lotus flowers.
Some timid gopīs stood on the shore, hesitating to enter. The gopīs in Rādhā-kuṇḍa, splashed them with water, tugged on their garments and giggled while pulling them into the kuṇḍa. Hari stood navel deep in water and chuckled while splashing all the gopīs. Some gopīs fearfully fled to places in Rādhā-kuṇḍa where the water only reached their knees or thighs.
The gopīs keenly desired to play, but they became very serious; not due to fear of their elders but out of fear of losing Kṛṣṇa’s company. Therefore, they gathered in one group. One gopī, not wanting to ruin the flower ornament Kṛṣṇa had made for her, remained on the dry shores of Rādhā-kuṇḍa. The other doe-eyed damsels lovingly tried to pull her into the water. She resisted and the gopīs combined to splash her with laughter and lots of water from their cupped hands. As their beauty increased, the gopīs gorgeous faces made friends with the lotuses, their breasts made friends with the cakravāka birds and their navels made friends with the whirlpools in Rādhā-kuṇḍa.
The gopīs held hands with each other to form a golden net. They surrounded Kṛṣṇa with their golden net, just as the moonlight surrounds the clouds. Caught in their net, Kṛṣṇa induced the dancer of His glance to dance. By this Kṛṣṇa conquered the gopīs’ eyes and broke their net with a huge wave of water.
The gopīs drew closer to Kṛṣṇa and dumped loads of water over His head. Kṛṣṇa blissfully covered His eyes to tolerate the downpour. Mādhava then retaliated by drenching the gopīs with torrents of water. The gopīs became momentarily stunned. Their blissful faces, however, remained as effulgent as the orb of the full moon.
Suddenly Rādhikā started splashing Śyāma with water from Her lotus bud hands. The sound of Rādhā’s jeweled bangles, jingling like the water weapon of Cupid, was intolerable for Kṛṣṇa who desired victory in the water fight. Rādhā, using Her cupped hands like a water-bearing cloud, took great pleasure in completely soaking Kṛṣṇa with thick streams of water. As the glittering water continually cascaded upon Kṛṣṇa’s chest, it appeared that He was being pierced by the irresistible power of Cupid’s flower arrows. Kṛṣṇa’s flower garland and pearl necklace broke apart; only His Kaustubha withstood defeat.
Kṛṣṇa boasted before Rādhā, “Now see if You can bear My water barrage!” Śyāma laughed lovingly before sousing Kiśorī’s face with water. Restless-eyed Rādhā was afflicted by Kṛṣṇa’s splashing, but She easily tolerated it by covering Her eyes with Her lotus hands. The resolution of a lover is so astonishing!
Excepts used with the permission of Sri Madan Gopal das Babaji