Her hair is a flowing Yamunā, Her complexion is like bandhūka flowers, the glory of Her limbs are campaka flowers, Her navel is a beautiful lake, Her breasts are clusters of flowers, Her arms are blossoming vines, and Her tinkling ornaments are cooing birds, Śrīmatī Rādhikā, who has become like another Vṛndāvana, has captured Kṛṣṇa’s heart. (verse 179)

When, at sunrise entering the secluded grove where Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa enjoy amorous play, will I ornament my limbs with the remnants of fragrant ointment fallen from Their limbs, and will I place around my neck the broken flower garlands They once wore? (verse 180)

Śri Krsnachandra passes the night with Śrīmatī Rādhārānī in a kuñja of Vraja. In the morning, when the first rays of the sun peak into the kuñja, Kṛṣṇa opens His eyes. Kṛṣṇa opens his eyes and gazes at Śrīmatī Rādhikā who is covered with a cloth the color of the rising sun and says, “A sannyāsinī has come?” He asks the mañjarīs, “Who is this sannyāsinī wearing aruṇa colored cloth?” Aruṇa, or the color of the rising sun is the color of anurāga, or love. So Kṛṣṇa asks, “Has Rādhārānī taken sannyāsa to go and spread Her love with everyone?”
The mañjarīs chastise Kṛṣṇa, telling Him, “What are you saying, You do not know anything. Śrīmatī Rādhārānī is the reservoir of all rasa. One who takes shelter of Her and chants Her name receives this rasa from Rādhārānī and becomes very sweet and attractive.”

When we remember Rādhārānī’s names, qualities, or form we become freed from all material attachments. We will have attachment only for Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa and we will become full of rasa. Rādhārānī will plant our seed-like hearts in the soil of Vraja-dhāma and we will receive rasa. Then we will become sannyāsīs, possessed of anurāga, and we will soon be able to share our love for Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa like a tree shares its fruits. Kṛṣṇa is eager to taste the fruits of our love.

This is a simple way to understand the meaning of rasa. How are trees able to fill their fruits with such sweet juice? Where does it all come from? Where does the sugarcane get all of it sweetness from? The answer is that it collects rasa from the earth and according to its own qualities it can give this rasa to others. According to our own mood and nature we will have our own particulate unique sweetness that can be an offering to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, but ultimately all this rasa comes from Rādhārānī, just like all the trees receive the rasa from the earth, water, and the light of the sun.

Sometimes to Her parrot She teaches verses glorifying Her beloved. Sometimes She makes a guñjā neck­lace and a peacock-feather crown. Sometimes She draws a picture of Her beloved and presses it to Her passionate breast. Thus my Svāminī passes Her day. (verse 181)

Srimati Radhika who always tastes the sweetest nectar of Her beloved’s company, who loves Him eternally, who playfully sings in the fifth rāga, who swims in a hundred waves of amorous pastimes, who melts with compassion, who wears a tinkling belt on Her hips, and whose feet are a stream of pure love, is the only goal of my life. (verse 182)

Will She who smiles with the splendor of ten millions moons, whose words are a flood of nectar, whose breasts smash the pride of golden waterpots, who lives in a magnificent palace, who celebrates a festival of ever fresh love, and who enjoys pastimes in Vṛndāvana, forever secretly fill my heart with bliss? (verse 183)

You should know that nothing in this world or the spiritual world can compare to Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. Also know that by your own efforts you cannot please Rādhārānī. No one can attain Her lotus feet by austerity or research; it is only possible by Her own mercy and the mercy of Her followers. By spiritual greed and favorable association we can progress toward serving Her and one day achieve that exalted position or connection.

Kṛṣṇa is not happy in Vaikuṇṭha. There are no problems or worries there. Unfortunately, there is also no mādhurya. Vaikuṇṭha is governed by opulence and etiquette—rules and regulations. If someone is following vaikuṇṭīyabhakti and he breaks those rules and regulations he will be punished. But it is not like that in Vṛndāvana. In Vṛndāvana, Rādhārānī says, “Even if my followers do something wrong, no one has the right to punish them. I am their guardian.”

Srila Prabhodananda Sarasvati Thakura ki Jaya! (excerpted from a Bhaktabandhav book publication “Sri Sri Radha Rasa Sudha Nidhi”, available from; [email protected] )

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