Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Those four things again

I mentioned Harivamsa in a post a day or two ago. The same idea is found in the following verse of Vṛndāvana-mahimāmṛta--


जयति जयति राधा प्रेमसारैरगाधा
जयति जयति कृष्णस्तद्रसापारतृष्णः।
जयति जयति वृन्दं सत्सखीनां द्वयैक्यं
जयति जयति वृन्दाकाननं तत्स्वधाम॥९।४५॥

jayati jayati rādhā prema-sārair agādhā
jayati jayati kṛṣṇas tad-rasāpāra-tṛṣṇḥ
jayati jayati vṛndaṁ sat-sakhīnāṁ dvayaikyaṁ
jayati jayati vṛndā-kānanaṁ tat-sva-dhāma 9.45



Glories, all glories to Radha,
fathomless with the essences of love;
Glories, all glories to Krishna,
unlimitedly thirsty to taste those flavors;
Glories, all glories to the sakhis,
who are one with that Divine Couple;
Glories, all glories to Vrinda's forest,
the personal abode of this one truth.


About the Gauri-Shyama verse from Gopala Champu I quoted yesterday. The idea here is that we find Radha and Krishna in the direction of prema. This is the basic position. When we discover Radha and Krishna, they become the limitless fountainhead of prema. This is why it is said that prema takes the form of Radha and Krishna.

In other words, the karmi sees God in the direction of duty, the jnani in the direction of truth, and the bhakta in the direction of love.



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