The Glories of Raghava's Bag, Part 15

BY: SUN STAFF


Mar 04, 2016 — CANADA (SUN) — A journey through the nectarian contents of Raghava's Bag.


Damayanti and Raghava Pandit, Part 3

Today we offer the last in a brief summary of the Gaura-lila personality, Raghava Pandit, who appeared in Krsna's Vraja-lila as the gopi Dhanistha. And tomorrow, we will resume our exploration of the contents of Raghava's Bag.

In the chapter describing the meeting of Lord Chaitanya and Raghunatha dasa Goswami, being the story of the Panihati chipped rice festival, we read:

    Antya 6.115

    kata upahara ane, hena nahi jani
    raghavera ghare randhe radha-thakurani

    SYNONYMS
    kata upahara -- many presentations; ane -- brings; hena -- such; nahi jani -- I cannot understand; raghavera ghare -- at the house of Raghava Pandita; randhe -- cooks; radha-thakurani -- the supreme mother, Srimati Radharani.

    TRANSLATION
    He brought so many presentations that no one could know them perfectly. Indeed, it was a fact that the supreme mother, Radharani, personally cooked in the house of Raghava Pandita.

There are numerous descriptions in Vaisnava literature of the pastimes of Raghava Pandit and Raghunatha Dasa Goswami, and some of them can be read here. We find related pastimes in Chaitanya Bhagavat, such as the story of Mahaprabhu arriving at Raghava Pandit's house in Panihati, while enroute to Vrindavan. Hearing that Sri Chaitanya was there, Sri Gadadhara Das ran to meet the Lord:

    "When the Lord saw the pious Gadadhara, he lifted his feet and placed them on his head."
    (Chaitanya Bhagavat 3.5.92-4)

So many glorious pastimes with the Lord and His parishads have involved the great Vaisnava, Sri Raghava Pandit.

Finally, we give all respects to the famous Vaisnava song that glorifies Sri Krsna, Balaram, the gopas, and the glorious preparations that Mother Yasoda prepares for Their lunch. At the end of the meal (and the song), Yasoda Ma requests the gopi Dhanistha, our Raghava Pandit, to deliver Krsna's remnants to Radharani.

The song, ' Bhaja Bhakata Vatsala', is better known in ISKCON as the Bhoga Arotik prayer. Written in Bengali by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, entitled 'Sri Surabhi Kunjer Bhoga Arotik' (Arati Kirtan Song 4), the version played here was popularized in 1970 on The Radha Krsna Temple album produced by George Harrison.



Bhaja Bhakata Vatsala

By Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur

(1)
bhaja bhakata-vatsala śrī-gaurahari
śrī-gaurahari sohi goṣṭha-bihārī
nanda-jaśomatī-citta-hari

Just worship Sri Gaurahari, who is always affectionate toward His devotees. He is the same Supreme Godhead, Krsna, who sported in the cowherd pastures of Vraja and stole the hearts of Nanda and Yasoda.

(2)
belā ho'lo dāmodara āisa ekhano
bhoga-mandire bosi' koraho bhojana

Mother Yasoda calls to Krsna, "My dear Damodara, it is very late. Please come right now, sit down in the dining hall, and take Your lunch."

(3)
nandera nideśe baise giri-bara-dhārī
baladeva-saha sakhā baise sāri sāri

On the direction of Nanda Maharaja, Krsna, the holder of Govardhana Hill, sits down, and then all the cowherd boys, along with Krsna's elder brother, Sri Baladeva, sit down in rows to take their lunch.

(4)
śuktā-śākādi bhāji nālitā kuṣmāṇḍa
dāli dālnā dugdha-tumbī dadhi mocā-khaṇḍa

They are then served a feast of sukta and various kinds of green leafy vegetables, then nice fried things, and a salad made of the green leaves of the jute plant. They are also served pumpkin, baskets of fruit, small square cakes made of lentils and cooked down milk, then thick yogurt, squash cooked in milk, and vegetable preparations made from the tower of the banana tree.

(5)
mudga-borā māṣa-borā roṭikā ghṛtānna
śaṣkulī piṣṭaka khīr puli pāyasānna

Then they receive fried squares of mung dahl patties, and urad dahl patties, chapatis, and rice with ghee. Next, sweets made with milk, sugar and sesamum, rice flour cakes; thick cooked-down milk; cakes floating in milk; and sweet rice.

(6)
karpūra amṛta-keli rambhā khīra-sāra
amṛta rasālā, amla dwādaśa prakāra

There is also sweet rice that tastes just like nectar due to its being mixed with camphor. There are bananas, and cheese which is nectarean and delicious. They are also served twelve kinds of sour preparations made with tamarinds, limes, lemons, oranges, and pomegranates.

(7)
luci cini sarpurī lāḍḍu rasābalī
bhojana korena kṛṣṇa ho'ye kutūhalī

There are puns made with white flour and sugar; puns filled with cream; laddus; and dahl patties boiled in sugared rice. Krsna eagerly eats all of the food.

(8)
rādhikāra pakka anna vividha byañjana
parama ānande kṛṣṇa korena bhojana

In great ecstasy and joy Krsna eats the rice, curried vegetables, sweets, and pastries cooked by Srimati Radharani.

(9)
chale-bale lāḍḍu khāy śrī-madhumańgala
bagala bājāy āra deya hari-bolo

Krsna's funny brahmana friend Madhumangala, who is very fond of Laddus, gets them by hook or by crook. Eating the laddus he shouts, "Haribol! Haribol!~' and makes a funny sound by swapping his sides under his armpits with his hands.

(10)
rādhikādi gaṇe heri' nayanera koṇe
tṛpta ho'ye khāy kṛṣṇa jaśodā-bhavane

Beholding Radharani and Her gopi friends out of the courters of His eyes, Krsna eats at the house of mother Yasoda with great satisfaction.

(11)
bhojanānte piye kṛṣṇa subāsita bāri
sabe mukha prakhāloy ho'ye sāri sāri

After lunch, Krsna drinks rose-scented water. Then all of the boys, standing in lines, wash their mouths.

(12)
hasta-mukha prakhāliyā jata sakhā-gaṇe
ānande biśrāma kore baladeva-sane

After all the cowherd boys wash their hands and mouths, in great bliss they take rest with Lord Balarama.

(13)
jambula rasāla āne tāmbūla-masālā
tāhā kheye kṛṣṇa-candra sukhe nidrā gelā

The two cowherd boys Jambula and Rasala then bring Krsna pan made with betel nuts, fancy spices, and catechu. After eating that pin, Sri Krsnacandra then happily goes to sleep.

(14)
biśālākha śikhi-puccha-cāmara ḍhulāya
apūrba śayyāya kṛṣṇa sukhe nidrā jāya.

While Krsna happily takes His rest on an excellent bedstead, His servant Visalaksa cools Him with a fan of peacock feathers.

(15)
jaśomatī-ājñā pe'ye dhaniṣṭhā-ānīto
śrī-kṛṣṇa-prasāda rādhā bhuñje ho'ye prīto

At mother Yasoda's request the gopi Dhanistha brings remnants of food left on Krsna's plate to Srimati Radharani, who eats them with great delight

(16)
lalitādi sakhī-gaṇa avaśeṣa pāya
mane mane sukhe rādhā-kṛṣṇa-guṇa gāya

Lalita-devi and the other gopis then receive the remnants, and within their hearts they sing the glories of Radharani and Krsna with great joy.

(17)
hari-līlā ek-mātra jāhāra pramoda
bhogārati gāy ṭhākur bhakativinoda

Thakura Bhaktivinoda, whose one and only Joy is the pastimes of Lord Hari, sings this Bhoga-arati song.


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