Thursday, July 01, 2010

Radha rains rasa

brahmānanda-rasād ananta-guṇito ramyo raso vaiṣṇavas
tasmāt koṭi-guṇojjvalaś ca madhuraḥ śrī-gokulendro rasaḥ |
tac cānanta-camatkṛtiṁ pratimuhur varṣad rasānāṁ param
śrī-rādhā-pada-padmam eva madhuraṁ sarvasva-bhūtaṁ mama ||

Countless times more relishable than the flavor of Brahmananda is that connected to Vishnu. Millions of times brighter than that is the sweet rasa related to the Lord of Gokula. Raining down infinite astonishment are the topmost of all rasas, the sweet lotus feet of Srimati Radharani. They alone are my life and soul.

There are many verses of this sort, presenting hierarchies of one kind or another. I especially like the ones that lead to the superiority of Radha, Radha-dasya or Radha Kund. For such, verses 9 and 10 of Upadesamrita are good examples. I don't know where this verse originates. I have found it in Harilal Vyasa's commentary to the Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi, Verse 212.

By the way, the word "raining down" is appropriate, as today was the first day of the real monsoon here in Rishikesh. We had plenty of pre-monsoon rain, but the sky today is grey, the atmosphere is almost clammy with humidity, and the mountains will be covered in mist for the next few months. After the record heat, the relief is welcome. I only pray that the Doab gets a good rainy season and the Brajvasis get some respite from the heat of the past few months.

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