Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says, “Where am I?” Seeing Rūpa Mañjarī, Rati Mañjarī, Rasa Mañjarī, Anaṅga Mañjarī, Mañjulali Mañjarī and so forth, he is surprised. He thinks, “How beautiful they are!” He sees that Śrīmatī Rādhārānī is decorated with many ornaments, and these ornaments all have pictures of Kṛṣṇa in them. Rādhārānī’s different jewels and ornaments all keep the svarūpas of Kṛṣṇa with them.

The gopīs’ hearts all have boundless love for Kṛṣṇa. Tasting the different flavors of their love, Kṛṣṇa appears in different forms. Before Yaśodā Mātā, Kṛṣṇa is baby Gopāla, and forgets He is the Supreme Lord. His mother’s love completely controls Him and washes away His mood of godliness.
In the nikuñja-maṇḍira, the gopīs decorate Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa with many ornaments.

In the Vedānta-sūtra, Kṛṣṇa is described as prajñānam-brahma and ānandamayam-brahma. How is Brahma ānandamaya and prajñānam? This is only possible with raso-vai-saḥ Kṛṣṇa. He is rasa-murti. Without rasa, Kṛṣṇa is nirākāra, nirviśeṣa, formless and attributeless. When in an aiśvarya form, He is like Lord Nṛsiṁha or another incarnation. But in Vraja, He is raso-vai-saḥ, rasamaya, ānandamaya Kṛṣṇa. One who worships and remembers Vraja Kṛṣṇa with the gopīs also becomes ānandamaya, filled with bliss.

nānopacāra-kṛta-pūjanam ārta-bandhoḥ
premṇaiva bhakta-hṛdayaṁ sukha-vidrutaṁ syāt
yāvat kṣud asti jaṭhare jaraṭhā pipāsā
tāvat sukhāya bhavato nanu bhakṣya-peye
Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Madhya-līlā 8.70
Rāmānanda Rāya continued, “As long as one is hungry and thirsty, all sorts of food and drink bestow pleasure. Similarly, even if a devotee worships the Supreme Lord, the friend of the distressed, with many different kinds of paraphernalia, only when the worship is done with prema, will the devotee become happy by heart.”

The bhaktas offer many things to Kṛṣṇa, but does He accept them or not? However, Kṛṣṇa will even steal from the premi-bhaktas. Before they offer, Kṛṣṇa goes and steals from them. A flower does not invite bumblebees to come and drink its nectar. Automatically the bees go and take everything. Kṛṣṇa, who is ānandamaya-brahma, raso-vai-saḥ, is very greedy for the gopī’s love, rasamayi-bhakti.

yasyāḥ kadāpī vasanāñcala-khelanottha-
dhanyāti-dhanya-pavanena kṛtārtha-mānī
yogīndra-durgama-gatir madhusūdano ‘pi
tasyā namo ‘stu vṛṣabhānu-bhuvo diśe ‘pi
Śrī Rādhā-rasa-sudhā-nidhi 2
I offer my praṇāma even to the direction of the land of Vṛṣabhānu Mahārāja, for Madhusūdana Kṛṣṇa, who is rare to attain even by great yogīs, considers His life successful by the mere touch of that glorious fortunate breeze that has touched the corner of Śrīmatī Rādhikā’s cloth.

Kṛṣṇa thinks, “Oh, My life has now returned.” When the breeze that touched Śrīmatī Rādhārānī comes by Kṛṣṇa, He considers His life successful. So why don’t we follow the Vraja-devīs’ footsteps? Why do we run for mundane rasa, dharma-artha-kāma-mokṣa? Why don’t you look at the glories of the Vraja-devīs?

You may have many preparations and you may offer with so many vedic mantras, but Kṛṣṇa is not hungry or thirsty for this. “You have no love for Me,” Kṛṣṇa told Duryodhana, when He was offered an elaborate feast. Spiritual greed and love is therefore of so much importance. Rasamayi-bhakti pleases Kṛṣṇa and connects one to the spiritual world. Our own austerity and practices are not so helpful, but if we have connection to rasamayi-bhakti then this is enough to achieve Kṛṣṇa.

Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura prays to not only remember Śrī Rādhā Mādhava’s glories—he also wishes to distribute the Divine Couple’s glories. It is not enough and helpful to only chant and hear by yourself. By collecting the specialties of this divine love, your heart will always be immersed in an ocean of nectar. This nectar will turn everyone’s heart into a playing center for Kṛṣṇa. An expert gardener makes a beautiful garden. On one side, there is a flower garden, while on another side there is a fruit garden. A lush, green garden is also present. A garden makes an entire area wonderful. Stone and concrete have no life. They are not helpful for anyone. But gardens, trees, creepers, and plants have life. They will replenish everyone’s life.
Śrīla Narottama Ṭhākura says, “Don’t think it is enough to chant and remember God’s glories. Your heart will turn into a stone if you are in the association of a stone hearted person. You will forget everything.”

By distributing Śrī Hari’s name, form, qualities, and pastimes, you will make everyone’s heart soft, sweet, and glorious. His heart will be a place for svarūpa-śakti.

nāhaṁ tiṣṭhāmi vaikuṇṭhe yogināṁ hṛdayeṣu vā
tatra tiṣṭhāmi nārada yatra gāyanti mad-bhaktāḥ
Padma Purāṇa
O Nārada, actually I do not reside in Vaikuṇṭha, nor do I stay within the hearts of the yogīs, but I reside in that place where My pure bhaktas are absorbed in singing and chanting.
The Lord says, “I neither stay in the yogī’s heart, or in Vaikuṇṭha. Then where do I reside? I reside in that place where My bhaktas sing and chant; that place is My center.”

The Lord’s glories are permeated by svarūpa-śakti’s power. Everyone will feel well by this tendency. This power doesn’t nourish the body, or mind. It nourishes the soul and the soul’s senses. Just as the body consists of its mind, and senses—the soul also has her mind and senses. Baladeva Prabhu is the origin of the existence of the soul. The senses will be empowered by svarūpa-śakti’s influence. They will have so much will power. They will be able and strong in svarūpa-śakti’s service.

Everything can be supplied for the body, but the soul will not experience any happiness. Whatever little service you do for Śrī Hari will automatically reflect on your heart. Śrīla Ṭhākura Mahāśaya says that your desire and eagerness for service will become very strong when the power of svarūpa-śakti appears in your heart. Śrī Hari’s strength is paramānanda-pūrṇam (composed entirely of ecstatic bliss). Such strength is not ordinary.

Srila@ Narottama das Thakur ki Jaya! (excerpted from the Sri Sri Prema Bhakti Candrika”. Available from: dasrasikmohan@gmail.com )