“Śrī-Śrī Viśākhānandada Stotram – “Praises that delight Viśākhā”{verses 26 – 27}

KṚṢṆA PĀDĀRAVINDODYAN MAKARANDAMAYE MUDĀ
ARIṢṬAMARDI KĀSĀRE SNĀTRĪ NIRBANDHATO’NVAHAM (26)

With great care and joy She daily bathes in the lake of Ariṣṭamardi (Kṛṣṇa, the killer of Ariṣṭāsura), which is also known as Śyāmakuṇḍa and which is filled with the honey that oozes from Kṛṣṇa’s lotus feet.

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

In the Ādi Varāha Purāṇa it is described that Kṛṣṇa wanted to purify Himself after killing the Ariṣṭa-demon, who had appeared in the form of a bull, by striking the ground with His left heel and thus creating Ariṣṭakuṇḍa or Śyāmakuṇḍa.
The kuṇḍa was manifest so rapidly by the movement of Kṛṣṇa’s feet that it is said to be filled with the honey oozing from His lotus-like feet just as honey drips from a lotus flower when it is simply touched.
Śrīmatī Rādhārānī most carefully bathes in this lake every day and thus attains the pinnacle of bliss. She loves Śyāmakuṇḍa as much as She loves Śyāma.

NIJA KUṆḌA PURAS TĪRE RATNASTHALYĀM AHAR NIŚĀM
PREṢṬHA NARMĀLIBHIR BHAṄGYĀ SAMAṀ NARMA VITANVATĪ (27)

Day and night She makes jokes and playful gestures with Her intimate girlfriends in a jewelled cottage in front of the bank of Her own lake (Rādhākuṇḍa).

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

Rādhākuṇḍa is also called Vraja Mukuṭa maṇi, the crownjewel of Vraja, because it is the most intimate and safe place for Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa to meet and enjoy Their pastimes.

The place is so secret that They can freely enjoy Themselves there with Their best girlfriends like Lalitā and Viśākhā. Facing Rādhākuṇḍa is a jewelled place where Śrī Rādhikā always makes many jokes with Her girlfriends about Śyāma and His amorous pastimes with Them.

“Śrī-Śrī Viśākhānandada Stotram – “Praises that delight Viśākhā”{verses 24 – 25}

ĀYUR GO ŚRĪ YAŚO DĀYI PĀKĀ DURVĀSASO VARĀT
ATAḤ KUNDALATĀ NĪYAMĀNĀ RĀJÑYĀḤ SAMĀJÑAYĀ (24)

Because of the boon bestowed upon Her by Durvāsā Muni, everything She cooks increases the lifespan, sensual power, fortune and fame.
Therein lies the reason Kundalatā takes Her to Kṛṣṇa’s abode, on Queen Yaśodā’s order.

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

Because of Durvāsa Muni’s boon Śrīmatī is known as Amṛta Pāṇi, She whose hands (cooking) turn everything into nectar. Everyone in Vraja knows that eating Her cooked food means an increase of life span, sensual power, fame and fortune.
Because Śrīmatī is the aṁśinī (origin) of the goddess of fortune She does not depend on the blessings of Durvāsā Ṛṣi. She is svataḥ siddha guṇavati, Her attributes are self-perfect. Durvāsa Ṛṣi is simply an instrument in Yogamāyā’s arrangements for the play of parakīya rasa (the extramarital relationship of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa) and with his blessings he actually benefits himself and serves to maintain and increase the sweetness of Kṛṣṇa’s human pastimes.
When mother Yaśodā, who is always worried about Kṛṣṇa’s welfare, heard that Rādhikā was thus blessed by Durvāsā Muni She sent Kundalatā (Kṛṣṇa’s niece-in-law) to Jaṭilā (Rādhikā’s mother-in-law) to ask her permission for letting Rādhikā come to Nandīśvara (Kṛṣṇa’s home) to cook for Kṛṣṇa every day.

GOṢṬHA JĪVĀTU GOVINDA JĪVĀTU LAPITĀMṚTĀ
NIJA PRĀṆĀRBUDA ŚREṆĪ RAKṢYA TAT PĀDA-REṆUKĀ (25)

Her nectarean words are the life of Govinda, who is the life of Vraja, and She protects His foot dust with billions of Her own life-airs.

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

Śrī Raghunātha’s heart is like the Gaṅgotrī (the source of the Gangā-river) from where the nectarean current of the Mandākinī (the heavenly Gangā) of premamayī Vārṣabhānavī’s form, qualities and sweet pastimes naturally flow.

When the people of the world bathe in this Kāvya Mandākinī (nectar-Gaṅgā of poetry) by hearing, chanting and remembering these verses they will easily extinguish the burning fire of the threefold material miseries and attain the greatest bliss in the devotional service of Śrī-Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava, there is no do doubt about that!

Śrī Raghunātha dāsa says: “Śrī Govinda is the very life of the goṣṭha, the meadows of Vraja, and He is dearer than life to the Goṣṭhavāsīs (the people of Vraja), but the nectarean words of Śrī Rādhikā are keeping even Him alive!”

Without tasting the sweet nectar that emanates from Her moon-like face the Cakora-bird named Kṛṣṇa cannot remain alive anymore! Although He has heard clearly whatever Rādhikā says to Him, He still inquires from Her again and again as if He didn’t hear it at all. kohilo kāhinī puchaye koto beri. He just wants to hear Her voice again!

Śrī Rādhikā worships Kṛṣṇa’s foot dust with billions of Her life-airs.
He is so dear to Her that She not only worships Kṛṣṇa with Her life-airs (that are closest to the self), but even just the dust that sticks to His divine footsoles, with billions of life-airs!

“Śrī-Śrī Viśākhānandada Stotram – “Praises that delight Viśākhā”{verses 22 – 23}

gokule kṛṣṇacandrasya sarvāpacchānti pūrvakam
dhīra-lālitya vṛddhy-arthaṁ kriyamāṇa vratādikā (22)
guru go vipra satkāra ratā vinaya sannatā
tad āśīḥ śata vardhiṣṇu saubhāgyādi guṇāṣcitā (23)

In Gokula She protects Kṛṣṇa-candra from all calamities and She takes different vows to increase Kṛṣṇa’s playful loveliness. She is always devoted to Her superiors, the cows and the brāhmaṇas, and She humbly bows down to them. Their resultant hundreds of blessings increase Her attributes like Her good fortune.

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

Śrīmatī is always worried about all the demons that may attack Kṛṣṇa in Gokula, and therefore She takes vows for His protection and for the increase of His dhīra lālitya (playful loveliness).

Parama Vinītā (most humble) Śrī Rādhā is engaged in the service of the cows and the brāhmaṇas, and through Her extraordinary expertise in service She gains hundreds and thousands of blessings from them, and this increases Her attributes like Her good fortune.
Although all the divine attributes are naturally present in Kṛṣṇa premamayī Śrī Rādhārāṇī, still, for the sake of maintaining the sweetness of the human pastimes,
all the Vrajavāsīs think that She is so qualified and fortunate because of the blessings bestowed upon Her by Her superiors, the cows and the brāhmaṇas.

“Śrī-Śrī Viśākhānandada Stotram – “Praises that delight Viśākhā”{verses 20-21}

jñāta vṛndāṭavī sarva latā taru mṛga dvijā
tadīya sakhya saurabhya surabhīkṛta mānasā (20)
sarvatra kurvati snehaṁ snigdha prakṛtir ābhavam
nāma mātra jagac-citta drāvikā dīna pālikā (21)

She knows all the vines, trees, deer and birds of Vṛndāvana, and Her mind is scented with the fragrance of their friendship.
She shows Her love and affection everywhere, She has had a pleasant nature from birth, Her name causes the hearts of everyone in the world to melt, and She is the protectress of the poor.

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

“She knows all the vines, trees, deer and birds of Vṛndāvana, and Her mind is scented with the fragrance of their friendship”.

This verse has been discussed in the “Rādhikāṣṭottara-śata nāma stotram”.

The friendship of the birds, deer, trees and vines of Vṛndāvana for their Queen is natural, so Śrīmatī’s heart is always scented with it.
Śrīmatī’s body is composed of the essence of prema, mahā bhāva, and so is Her mind. The mind of anyone who has mahā bhāva is also filled with, or composed of mahā bhāva. Such is the power of mahā-bhāva.

Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī teaches in ‘Ujjvala Nīlamaṇi’:

varāmṛta svarūpa śrīh svaṁ svarūpaṁ mano nayet – “Mahā bhāva is the greatest nectar, and when one attains it, one’s mind also attains its constitutional status.”

The mind is then no longer independent from mahā bhāva; it is always fresh, luscious, pleasant and filled with love and affection. That is why it is said that Śrī Rādhā was born with Her pleasant nature. Śrī Rādhā is love Herself and She is non-different from Her name, so naturally everyone’s heart melts when they hear Her name. She is the shoreless ocean of mercy, and She naturally melts with compassion when She sees others suffering. A merciful person is always very eager to remove the distress of the poor and wretched. Because She is an endless ocean of mercy Śrī Rādhikā is also called dīna pālikā.

The Vaishnava world will dearly miss him

My beloved Gurudeva today entered the eternal pastimes of the Divine Couple.
He is with his beloved Svamini right now.

My heart is breaking with pain, but I also feel happy for him.

Dear Gurudeva, I am eternally thankful for everything you gave this lowly German fool and I will treasure the memory of my darshans with you in the innermost chamber of my heart.

Physically, you left…and it is very very painful….but you will never leave my heart.

With deep affection and love,
Tarun.

 

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“Śrī-Śrī Viśākhānandada Stotram – “Praises that delight Viśākhā”{verse 19}

vṛndāraṇya mahārājyā mahāseka mahojjvalā
goṣṭha sarva janā jīvya vadanā radanottamā

She was crowned as the Queen of Vṛndāvana in a splendid bathing-ceremony,
Her face is the very life of all the people of Vraja and She has the nicest teeth.

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

Although for the worldly eyes the great kingdom of Vṛndāvana extends over just five Yojanas (40 miles), it is all-pervading and even more opulent than Vaikuṇṭha.

In the Brahma Vimohana līlā Lord Brahmā saw all the universes in a single corner of Vṛndāvana. Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s splendid abhiṣeka is elaborately described by Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī in his Mādhava Mahotsava.

In this book the wife of the sungod, Chāyā, told Paurṇamāsī-devī:

khalu ramā’py anayā na samāyate nigama mūrti mukhād iti nah śrutam
vanam idam mita yojana pañcakaṁ tad iha rājyam iyaṁ katham arhatu
(Mādhava Mahotsava 6.60)

“O devi! We have heard from the Vedas that even the goddess of fortune cannot equal Śrī Rādhā, therefore is this small tract of land named Vṛndāvana, that extends over just forty miles, befitting Her? (We would be happy if She could be crowned as the empress of all the universes!)”

When Vindhyā-devī (Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s younger sister) heard Chāyā-devī’s words she said:

vanam idam kila yojana pañcakātmakam iti prathitaṁ khalu nānyathā
tad api dṛṣṭam idaṁ vidhinā purā lasad ajāṇḍa-śatādikamaṁ śatah (6.65)
yad ati dhīg ati pāraka vaibhavaṁ praṇaya sāram ayaṁ sakhi tanmaye
bhavati Kṛṣṇa-vane khalu rādhikā nṛpa-pada-sthiti-bhāg-iti hi sthitih (6.67)

“O sakhi! It’s well known that Vṛndāvana extends over just forty miles, but still, in old days, Lord Brahmā personally saw all the universes in a single corner of this place! Therefore, O sakhi, all the opulence that is inconceivable to the mundane intelligence and that bestows prema, which is the essence of praṇaya, is certainly always present in Vṛndāvana. Thus premamayī Rādhikā is fully qualified to be crowned as Queen of this place!”

When Paurṇamāsī-devī performed the bathing ceremony for the Queen of this transcendental premabhūmi Vṛndāvana, a divine light of prema emanated from Premamayī’s body.

Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī writes:

atha baṭubhir amuṣyāṁ pūrṇimāntaś caraṇe
prathayatim anumuccāryābhiṣekaṁ nipena
ruci rucira sudhābhih sāpi netrābhirāmā
salalitam abhiṣiñcaty-aṅga-saṅghaṁ janānām
(Mādhava Mahotsavam 7.42)

“While the brahmacārīs chanted mantras, Paurṇamāsī-devī poured jugs full of water over Rādhikā’s head. Then Śrīmatī’s form, that delights the eyes, showered delicious nectar over the limbs of all the assembled people”.

Śrīmatī’s face is the very life of all the Vrajavāsīs. The people of Vraja who all love Śrī Kṛṣṇa, are just like Cakora-birds that are thirsty for drinking the nectarean moonrays emanating from Śrī Rādhikā’s love-laden moonlike face, which are their only life-support.

Śrī Rādhikā’s teeth are the nicest (the most beautiful), according to Govinda Līlāmṛta (11.80):

rādhā dantān vijita śikharān phulla kundādyamitrān
viśva vyāptīr ita nija karān unmadān vīkṣya vedhāh
drāk ced oṣṭhādhara su pihitānnākariṣyat tadā te
nānā varṇam jagad api sitādvaitam eva vyadhāsyan

“Rādhā’s teeth that resemble ripe pomegranate-seeds, defeat their enemies the blooming white Kundaflowers (in whiteness). Seeing the bright white rays of these jewel-like teeth pervading the whole universe, the Creator at once covered them with Her lips.
If not, then the whole multicolored universe would be pervaded by an undifferentiated white effulgence!”