Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī says, “O Rādhā-kuṇḍa, my mistress, Rādhārānī, stays in a kuñja–kuṭīra on your bank.
She gives darśana there and plays openly, without restriction.
Kṛṣṇa also comes freely for Her darśana. You are very near and dear to Them. I pray to you to please grant me darśana of my mistress. In your beautiful waters, Kṛṣṇa dallies with Śrīmatī in varieties of love-play. Sometimes He embraces Her beneath the water of Rādhā-kuṇḍa, kissing Her neck, cheek and lips, and caressing Her bosom and other limbs.”
This Rādhā-kuṇḍa is supremely dear to Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. Why? This lake is completely filled with rasa. Which rasa? Mādhurya-rasa. In this place that energy is present, which is the most exalted and strongest current of mamatā, possessive love. This current does not exist to such an extreme in any other location. By coming to Rādhā-kuṇḍa, a powerful urge and enthusiasm comes from the flow of mādhurya there, and desire comes to express one’s love. In other places, one may become tired, apathetic, or remain distant. But here there is no separation; there is complete closeness.
kṣaṇam api tava saṅgaṁna tyajed eva devi
tvam asi samavayastvān narma-bhūmir yad asyāḥ
iti sumukhi viśākhe darśayitvā mad-īśāṁ
mama viraha-hatāyāḥ prāṇa-rakṣāṁ kuruṣva
O fair-faced Viśākhe, My mistress will not leave your company for even a moment. Because You are both the same age, you are the realm of Her playful joking pastimes. Please save my life from the affliction of separation and show me my Svāminī.
Dāsa Gosvāmī prays, “O Viśākhe, you are my guru. You teach how to serve my Svāminī, Rādhikā. You never leave Her even for a moment. I pray to you, please bring me to my Svāminī. You are of the same age as my Svāminī, and similar in nature to Her. I don’t want to leave your association. You bestow darśana of my mistress. I am weeping in separation. Please save my life.”
Why does he pray like this? Śrīmatī Rādhārānī doesn’t like to give up Viśākhā’s company for a moment. Śrīmatī always keeps Viśākhā near. They are very close friends. When Kṛṣṇa comes forcefully to kiss Śrīmatī, She sometimes places Viśākhā before Him. Kṛṣṇa then jokes and plays with Viśākhā, but Viśākhā moves aside and pushes Him towards Rādhikā. Why? Rādhikā’s followers do not desire to independently meet with Kṛṣṇa. When Viśākhā sends Kṛṣṇa to Rādhārānī, she doesn’t leave the kuñja. Why? So that Kṛṣṇa doesn’t harass Her too much. When He tries to, Viśākhā reprimands Him, “Move! No more.” Kṛṣṇa is not satisfied. He has desire to meet with Rādhikā, but Viśākhā takes Him away to increase His eagerness even more.
She says, “Why are You so hard with my Kiśorī? Her skin is scratched from Your attacks!” Viśākhā takes Rādhārānī into a private quarter and applies a cooling sandal paste on Her limbs, while saying, “I shouldn’t have allowed Kṛṣṇa to come. Now He has bruised and scratched You.” Rādhārānī also desired to meet more with Kṛṣṇa, but Viśākhā took Her away to increase Her eagerness even more. Then Kṛṣṇa crept up from behind and suddenly kissed Śrīmatī, causing Her beautiful face to flush red.
“This is not appropriate!” Viśākhā exclaimed, “how many times have I told You to restrain Yourself!”
Just then, Lalitā comes in with the mañjarīs and says, “Send Kṛṣṇa out and bar the door of the kuñja.”
Kṛṣṇa is sent forcibly out of the kuñja. Within, Lalitā and Viśākhā begin to serve and decorate Śrīmatī. Kṛṣṇa searches for a pathway in, or a gap to peek inside. By these playful actions of the sakhīs, His happiness is increased and mādhurya-rasa swells.
Dāsa Gosvāmī prays, “O worshipable Viśākhā, Rādhārānī doesn’t like to leave you for even a moment. You are always joyful in Her company. Please bestow darśana of my mistress, saving my life. By your indication, I will also enter in the kuñja and apply sandal on the cut marks on Rādhārānī’s cheek and chest. By your mercy, I will go and intimately serve Svāminī.”
Kṛṣṇa comes and pleads to Rati Mañjarī at the kuñja entrance, “Please let me enter the kuñja. I will not disturb Śrīmatī any more. I will only go and sit a short distance from Her, and won’t tease or taunt Her. I swear that I won’t touch Her.” But He cannot live without Śrīmatī. He prays to Rati, “My life is departing in separation from Her, only you can save My life.”
He tries to convince Rati Mañjarī by stroking her cheek, but Rati neglects Him and moves away, knowing Rādhārānī would become angry with her if she allowed Kṛṣṇa to affectionately caress her. Kṛṣṇa’s separation from Rādhārānī is so intense, it is impossible for Him to tolerate.
hā nātha gokula-sudhākara su-prasanna-
vaktrāravinda madhura-smita he kṛpārdra
yatra tvayā viharate praṇayaiḥ priyārāt
tatraiva mām api naya priya-sevanāya
O Lord, O nectar moon of Gokula, O You whose cheerful lotus face smiles sweetly, O You who melts with compassion! Wherever You go to enjoy loving pastimes with Your beloved, please take me there so that I can affectionately serve You.
Kṛṣṇa, who is Gokulacandra, the moon of Gokula, nourishes Gokula Mahāvana, the realm of the gopas, gopīs, and cows. He is always very pleased and smiling. Why? His heart is Rādhārānī’s dwelling place; She is His nearest and dearest.
Kṛṣṇa is sweet and smiling, with a very soft heart. If anyone comes to Him, He desires to send them to the Vraja-devīs. This is His deep desire. Kṛṣṇa never keeps one nearby Himself.
He looks, “Who has come to Me? What is their desire?”
Observing their desires, he sends some to Mathurā, some to Dvārakā, some to Earth, and some to heavenly planets. However, if anyone has a little bit of respect and faith for the Vraja gopīs, Kṛṣṇa will certainly send him to Vraja-dhāma. He will bestow deep affection and love so as to nourish one’s service. This affection is not small; it is unlimited and continuously flowing.
Dāsa Gosvāmī prays, “O Gokulacandra, You distribute nectar to the hearts of everyone. When You are pleased, You make everyone pleased. O merciful one, Rādhārānī is very dear to You. Please send me to Her, and there I will learn the process of love.
“O Gokula-sudhākara, the embodiment of nectar, when You speak, a shower of nectar drenches me. When I see You, it is as if nectar is raining upon me. Please take me to that place where You engage in loving pastimes with Śrīmatī Rādhikā. As You dally with Śrīmatījī, I will be close at hand to serve You when You become weary, giving a glass of cool juice, water, or a honey-drink.
“O beautiful one, when You glance at any living beings with Your lotus eyes, You acquire their hearts and cause them to fall madly in love with You. Dallying in the hearts of Your beloveds, external meeting is not required to feel the bliss of union. Merely seeing You with Śrīmatī, my heart overflows with joy.”
Hearing this prayer, Kṛṣṇa smiles and says, “This is not a request generally heard of. Still, I grant your wish. Not all people receive this qualification. But you are very dear to Rādhikā. Knowing this, I fulfill your prayer.
Srila Ragunatha das Gosvami ki Jaya! (Excerpted from the Bhaktabandhav book publication, “Vilāpa-kusumāñjali”. Available from: firstname.lastname@example.org )