Sri-Sri Utkantha Dasakam – Ten Anxious Prayers for worshipping Srimati Radharani (10)

prāṇebhyo’py adhika priyā muraripor yā hanta yasyā apis
vīya prāṇa parārddhato’pi dayitās tat pāda-reṇoḥ kaṇāḥ
dhanyāṁ tāṁ jagatī-traye parilasaj jaṅghāla kīrtiṁ hareḥ
preṣṭha-varga śiro’gra bhūṣaṇa-maṇiṁ rādhāṁ kadāhaṁ bhaje

O! When will I serve Śrī Rādhā, who is dearer to Kṛṣṇa than His own life, who considers a speck of Kṛṣṇa’s foot dust billions of times dearer than Her own life, who is supremely
fortunate, whose fame shines in the three worlds, and who is the crown jewel of all of
Hari’s beloveds?

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

In this tenth verse Śrī Raghunātha dāsa first describes the mutual love of Rādhā and Mādhava, saying: prāṇebhyo’py adhika priyā muraripor yā “Śrī Rādhā is dearer to Kṛṣṇa than His own life-airs.” In the Gīta (9.29) Kṛṣṇa personally said:

samo’haṁ sarva bhūteṣu na me dveṣyo’sti na priyah
ye bhajanti tu māṁ bhaktyā mayi te teṣu cāpy aham

“O Arjuna! I am equal to all living beings. I hate no one, nor is anyone dear to Me, but those who worship Me with devotion abide in Me and I abide in them.”

One drop of the Lord’s pleasure-potency of devotion that is infused in such a devotee, causes the Lord to give up His status of being ātmarāma (self-delighted) āpta kāma (self-satisfied) and equal-minded towards everyone.
Śrī Rādhā is the presiding goddess of that entire pleasure-potency and She has the greatest love for Him, called mādanākhya mahā bhāva. It’s therefore needless to say that She is dearer to Kṛṣṇa than even millions of His life-airs! Śyāmasundara is the full non-dual truth and knowledge, but He’s totally overwhelmed by love for Her! Continue reading

The means to attain the lotus feet of the Divine Couple

doṅhāra nāma guṇa śuni,
bhakta mukhe puni puni,
parama ānanda sukha pāñu
(Prema Bhakti Chandrika)

If the names, qualities, lilas and so on of Śrī Rādhā-Govinda are repeatedly heard with a joyful heart from the mouth of a bhakta, resolute service to Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa is easily performed externally with body, mind and words and internally by loving contemplation of one’s service in the mentally conceived siddha-deha.
This is an unfailingly powerful sādhana for attaining success or prema through rāga-bhajana.

Radhakunda Mahanta Sri Srimat Ananta das Babaji

Śyāma submits Himself to Svāminī

In the previous verse Śrīpāda saw his Iśvarī as the nikuñja devī. Devī means ‘the worshiped’. It is even more astonishing when Rasikendra Maulī (Kṛṣṇa, the king of relishers) worships Rādhikā in the kuñja as when the sakhīs and mañjarīs do it.
She is called devī because even rasika śekhara serves Her. When Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa enter the kuñja, Kṛṣṇa lovingly wants to serve Priyaji in different ways, so the maidservants bring Him a pitcher of water. With the water from that pitcher Kṛṣṇa washes Priyājī’s lotus-feet and dries them off with His yellow dhoti. The maidservants understand Śyāma’s mind and they bring flowers. Kṛṣṇa offers a handful of flowers at Svāminī’s lotus-feet, chants jaya premamayi! and then offers His obeisances while tears of love flow from His eyes. pāda sparśa rasotsavaṁ praṇatibhiḥ (verse 61):
Touching Rādhikā’s feet and bowing down to them is like a festival of rasa for Kṛṣṇa. How beautiful Śrīmati’s face is when She looks at Kṛṣṇa’s face at that time!

How many amorous lilas Her beautiful face reveals!
How enchanting are the movements of Her eyes and Her eyebrows!

Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī explains the meaning of the word lāvaṇya which is used in the text,
as follows in his ‘Ujjvala Nilamani’:

muktāphaleṣu chāyāyās taralatvam ivāstarā
pratibhāti yad aṅgeṣu lāvaṇyam tad ihocyate

“Lāvaṇya is a luster that shines in the limbs as if it shines from within pearls.” Streams of luster gush from Śrīmati’s face. How wonderful are the movements of Her eyes and eyebrows. They show the bhāva bhūṣaṇa (emotional ornament) called lalita.

vinyāsa bhaṅgi raṅgānāṁ  bhrū-vilasa manoharā
sukumāra bhaved yatra  lalitaṁ tad udīritam

“The lalita alaṅkāra is shown by a tender girl who makes playful enchanting gestures with the eyebrows and all Her limbs.”

Just as the moon was churned from the milk-ocean, Rādhā’s spotless moon-like face was churned from the ocean of transcendental love  mellows. These mellows are most precious and powerful, and Śrī Rādhā’s moon-like face is the quintessence of the entire ocean of them! This face is not a material luminary, it glows with the taste of mahā-bhāva. It is useless to try to compare Her face with the moon, Her eyes with lotus-flowers and Her nose with sesameflowers. Śrī Rādhikā can be understood only through pure love, and not through any use of words! One can also read this verse in the following way:

“When will the moon-like face of Śrī Rādhā, that causes even Śyāmasundara, Who is astonishing at every moment and Who enchants the whole world, to stand in His beautiful threefold bending form, be manifest to me?”

The maidservants have seen that Śyāmasundara’s elegance is astonishing at every moment while He worships nikuñja devī Rādhikā. Syama’s lilas are most astonishing when He submits Himself to Śrīmatī’s service!
All Kṛṣṇa’s lilas are sweet, but His amorous lilas with Śrī Rādhā and extra special.
The Gaṅga fountain of the maidservants’ ecstatic love flows in innumerable directions when they see how Śyāma submits Himself to Svāminī during Their amorous sports.

From the tika to Sri Sri Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi [verse 7]

Sri-Sri Utkantha Dasakam – Ten Anxious Prayers for worshipping Srimati Radharani (8-9)

ULLĀSAIR JALAKELI LOLUPA MANAḤ PŪRE NIDĀGHODGAME
KṢVELĪ LAMPAṬA MĀNASĀBHIR ABHITAḤ SĀYAṀ SAKHĪBHIR VṚTĀM
GOVINDAṀ SARASI PRIYE’TRA SALILA KRĪḌĀ VIDAGDHAṀ KAṆAIḤ
SIÑCANTĪṀ JALA-YANTRAKEṆA PAYASĀṀ RĀDHĀṀ KADĀHAṀ BHAJE

VASANTĪ KUSUMOTKAREṆA PARITAḤ SAURABHYA VISTĀRIṆĀ
SVENĀLAṄKṚTI SAÑCAYENA BAHUDHĀVIRBHĀVITENA SPHUṬAM
SOTKAMPAṀ PULAKODGAMAIR MURABHIDĀ DRĀG BHŪṢITĀṄGĪṀ KRAMAIR
MODENĀŚRU BHARAIḤ PLUTĀṀ PULAKITĀṀ RĀDHĀṀ KADĀHAṀ BHAJE

When can I serve Śrī Rādhā, who becomes eager to play in the water with Her girlfriends in the evenings in the beginning of summer and who then sprinkles Govinda, who is expert in watersporting, with water from Her beloved lake (Rādhākuṇḍa) with a syringe?

When will I serve Śrī Rādhā, who sheds many tears of joy and whose hairs stand on end when Kṛṣṇa gradually decorates Her in so many ways with many self-made ornaments made of vernal Vāsantī-flowers that extend their excellent fragrance, trembling and horripilating of ecstasy?”

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

In the eighth and ninth verse Śrī Raghunātha dāsa perceives the watersports of Rādhā and Mādhava with Their girlfriends in the waters of Śrī Rādhākuṇḍa, and Kṛṣṇa’s efforts in decorating Śrīmatī with floral ornaments in a grove on the bank of the kuṇḍa.

The summer has just begun, and Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī is sitting on the bank of Rādhākuṇḍa, doing bhajana, when suddenly a transcendental vision comes to him: He sees Rādhikā and Mādhava sporting on the bank of the kuṇḍa with Their girlfriends! Śrīmatī is very eager to play in the water with Her beloved Śyāmasundara.
After They tell Each other how eager They are to sport like this, They change clothes, put on clothes and ornaments that are suitable for these water sports, and go down into the water, where They play just like a fresh monsoon-cloud with a garland of lightning strikes. Continue reading

Radhika´s intense feelings towards Her Beloved Shyam

hātaka darapaṇa, māthaka phula, nayanaka añjana mukhaka tāmbūlahātaka darapaṇa, māthaka phula, nayanaka añjana mukhaka tāmbūlahṛdayaka mṛgamada, gīmaka hāra; dehaka saravasa gehaka sārapākhīka pākha, mīnaka pāni. jīvaka jīvana hām tuhu jānituhu kaise mādhava koho tuhu moy; vidyāpati koho – duhu dohā hoy

“You are the mirror in My hand, the flower in My hair, the eyeliner around My eyes and the betelnuts in My mouth. You are the musk on My breasts, the necklace around My neck and the quintessence of everything for My body! You are for Me what the wing is to the bird and water is to the fish. You are the life of My life.
O Mādhava, what are You not to Me? Tell Me what ī am to You!”
Vidyāpati says: “They belong to Each other!”

Sri-Sri Utkantha Dasakam – Ten Anxious Prayers for worshipping Srimati Radharani (7)

VERSE 7:

PĀRĀVĀRA VIHĀRA KAUTUKĪ MANAḤ PŪREṆA KAṀSĀRIṆĀ
SPHĀRE MĀNASA JĀHNAVĪ JALABHARE TARYĀṀ SAMUTTHĀPITĀM
JĪRṆĀ NAUR MAMA CET SKHALED ITI MIṢĀC CHĀYĀDVITĪYĀṀ MUDĀ
PĀRE KHAṆḌITA KAÑCULĪṀ DHṚTA KUCĀṀ RĀDHĀṀ KADĀHAṀ BHAJE

One day Kaṁsāri (Kṛṣṇa) desires to have some fun by playing in the vast Mānasa Gaṅgā-lake, so He takes Śrī Rādhikā on the boat along with Her shadow (i.e. alone) and then says: “My boat is old and worn-out! What if it will sink?”, using this as a pretext to rip off Her blouse and blissfully grab Her breasts. When will I worship this Rādhā?

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

In this verse, Śrī Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī prays for the worship of Śrī Rādhā after perceiving the very confidential lilas of Śrī Rādhā-Mādhava in the Mānasa Gangā-lake.
About the appearance of the Mānasa Gangā-lake it is said, that one day Śrīla Nanda Mahārāja became eager to bathe in the river Gangā, so he went on his way on a pilgrimage. As soon as he had reached the Govardhana Hill, though, Kṛṣṇa thought to Himself: “Why should My father go out of Vraja on some kind of pilgrimage? Isn’t Vraja sarva tīrthamaya, the abode containing all holy waters?”
Thinking like this, Kṛṣṇa called the Gaṅgā within His mind and the Gaṅgā revealed herself to everyone, riding on her Makarī-vehicle. Nanda and the other cowherders then bathed in her and gave up their plan to leave Vraja for taking a Gaṅgā-bath.
Actually, Mānasa Jāhnavī is eternally situated at the base of Govardhana Hill, as it is one of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa’s eternal playgrounds. The appearance-lila takes place only to nourish the transcendental flavours of the Nauka-līlā, the boating lila.

It is the rainy season and the Mānasa Jāhnavī is filled to the brim.
In the afternoon Śrīmatī and Her sakhīs come to the bank of the lake and see only one boat lying by its shore. They call out ‘Nāvika! Nāvika! (boatman! boatman!)’, and the rasika Nāvika, who illuminates the chest (surface) of the Gaṅgā, slowly steers His boat towards the shore, after pretending for long not to hear them. All the gopīs are astonished when they see that the boat is broken! Continue reading

Sri-Sri Utkantha Dasakam – Ten Anxious Prayers for worshipping Srimati Radharani (6)

VERSE 6:

MITRĀṆĀṀ NIKARAIR VṚTENA HARIṆĀ SVAIRAṀ GIRĪNDRĀNTIKE
ŚULKĀDĀNA MIṢEṆA VARTMANI HAṬHĀD DAMBHENA RUDDHĀÑCALAM
SĀRDDHAṀ SMERA SAKHĪBHIR UDDHURA GĪRĀṀ BHAṄGYĀ KṢIPANTĪṀ RUṢĀ
BHRŪ-DARPAIR VILASAC CAKORA NAYANĀṀ RĀDHĀṀ KADĀHAṀ BHAJE

On the road near Govardhana Hill Hari and His friends suddenly proudly stopped Her on the pretext of collecting tax. When Hari then tugged at the edge of Her garment She angrily beat Him off and chastised Him with bold words and frowned eyebrows. When will I worship that Rādhā, whose eyes shimmer like Cakora-birds?

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā:

In this verse Śrīla Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī perceives Śrī-Śrī Rādhā and Mādhava’s Dāna-līlā at the base of Govardhana Hill. This Dāna-līla is very relishable because it is anointed with Rādhā and Mādhava’s different joking discussions that contain so many transcendental moods like joy, anger, pride, jealousy and self-esteem. Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī opens his play ‘Dāna Keli Kaumudi’ with a praise of Śrī Rādhā’s kila kiñcita-bhāva as She is stopped near the Dāna Ghāti.

antah smeratayojjvala jalakaṇa vyākīrṇa pakṣmāṅkurā
kiñcit pāṭalitāñcala rasikatotsiktā purah kuñcati
ruddhāyāh pathi mādhavena madhura vyābhugna tārottarā
rādhāyāh kila kiñcita stavakinī dṛṣṭih śriyāṁ vah kriyāt

“May the sight of Śrī Rādhā’s kila kiñcita bhāva, which is like a bouquet, bring good fortune to you! When Mādhava blocked Her way to the Dāna Ghāṭī, there was a bright smile in Her heart, and Her sweetly curved eyes grew bright and were filled with tears that were scattered over Her eyelashes. Her eyes grew slightly pinkish, being sprinkled by Kṛṣṇa’s cunning behaviour, but they shrank when Hari came before Her!”

Surrounded by His dear friends like Subala and Madhumaṅgala, Śrī Kṛṣṇa made wonderfully sweet jokes with Śrīmatī Rādhārānī and Her girlfriends on the road near Govardhana Hill. Knowing that this pastime would make Him relish the full nectar of Śrī Rādhā’s love, He erected a toll-station near the Dāna Ghāṭī and stood there, dressed as a tax-collector. Meanwhile Śrī Rādhārāṇī and Her girlfriends, similarly eager to relish this prema-rasa, took small golden jugs with ghī on their heads and headed for Govinda Kuṇḍa to bring this ghī to Bhāguri Muni and other sages, who were performing a sacrifice there on the request of Vasudeva, Kṛṣṇa’s father in Mathurā. Actually, their only aim and desire was meeting Śyāmasundara: dāna chale bheṭibo kānāi “On the pretext of paying tax we will meet Kṛṣṇa!” Continue reading