The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Radha-kunda

BY: SUN STAFF


Jun 16, 2014 — CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 119.

For our final segment on Sri Radhakunda, we would like to leave the devotees with two glorifications of Srimati Radharani's favorite pond: the Sri Radha-Kundastakam of Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami, and Sri Radhakundastaka, Eight Prayers Glorifying Radhakunda by Srila Rupa Goswami.


    Sri Radha-Kundastakam

    by Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami

    After the killing of Aristasura, Srimati Radhika and Her sakhis exchanged many joking words with Sri Krsna concerning the necessary atonement for one who has committed the offence of killing a bull. As a result, the Queen of Vrndavana, Srimati Radhika, and Her sakhis joyfully excavated and filled Sri Radha-kunda with their own hands. May that immensely fragrant Radha-kunda be my shelter.

    In the land of the hearts of those who bathe in Radha-kunda, a desire tree of the superlative prema, which is not attainable even for Krsna's principal queens in Dvaraka, will arise. May that supremely charming Radha-kunda be my shelter.

    For the pleasure of Srimati Radhika, even Sri Krsna Himself, yearning to attain Her merciful sidelong glance, regularly bathes in Radha-kunda, carefully observing all the appropriate rituals. May that supremely enchanting Radha-kunda be my shelter.

    May that supremely enchanting Radha-kunda, which the moon of Vraja, Sri Krsna, loves as much as He loves the crown-jewel amongst the sweet girls of Vraja, Srimati Radhika, and which He has made known by the name of Radhika Herself, be my shelter.

    The mercy obtained by serving Radha-kunda makes the desire-creeper of prema for the prince of Vraja sprout and is celebrated for bearing the flower of service to my svamini Srimati Radhika. May that supremely charming Radha-kunda be my shelter.

    Gloriously manifest on the banks of Radha-kunda are eight kunjas named after Radhika's principal sakhis. Acting as stimuli for the amorous pastimes of the Divine Couple, these kunjas are filled with the sweet humming of bumblebees and are desired by everyone. May that supremely enchanting Radha-kunda be the shelter of my life.

    Situated on an exquisite dais on the bank of Radha-kunda and accompanied by Her beloved sakhis, our svamini Srimati Radhika charmingly engages in sweet, joking words with Sri Krsna, the moon of Vraja. These playful verbal exchanges are enhanced by the suggestion of so many innuendoes. May that Radha-kunda be the shelter of my life.

    May that very charming and especially fragrant Radha-kunda, where intoxicated with love the Divine Couple and the sakhis daily sport with great joy in the water so fragrant with exquisite lotus flowers, be the sole shelter of my life.

    To that devotee who, in a resolute mood of aspiring to serve Srimati Radhika, reads this charming prayer describing Sri Radha-kunda, even in their present body Sri Krsna will quickly grant them darsana of not only His beloved Radhika, but also of Their many variegated amorous pastimes. Witnessing these pastimes and envisioning himself serving Yugala-kisora in various ways, such a devotee will feel immense jubilation. This astaka is recited in the poetic meter known as 'Malini'.


    Sri Radhakundastaka

    Eight Prayers Glorifying Radhakunda by Srila Rupa Goswami

    vrsabha danuja nasan narma dharmokti rangair
    nikhila nija sakhibhir yat sva hastena purnam
    prakatitam api vrndaranya rajna pramodais
    tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

    May very fragrant Radhakunda, which, prodded by the gopis' many joking words after Vrsabhasura's death, the king of Vrndavana forest happily built and filled with His own hand, be my shelter.

    vraja bhavi mura satroh preyasinam nikamair
    asulabham api turnam prema kalpa drumam tam
    janayati hrdi bhumau snatur uccair priyam yat
    tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

    May very dear and fragrant Radhakunda, which for one who bathes in it immediately creates in the land of the heart a desire tree of pure love rare even among the gopi beloveds of Lord Krsna in Vraja, be my shelter.

    vrsabha danuja nasan narma dharmokti rangair
    nikhila nija sakhibhir yat sva hastena purnam
    prakatitam api vrndaranya rajna pramodais
    tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

    May very fragrant Radhakunda, which, prodded by the gopis' many joking words after Vrsabhasura's death, the king of Vrndavana forest happily built and filled with His own hand, be my shelter.

    vraja bhavi mura satroh preyasinam nikamair
    asulabham api turnam prema kalpa drumam tam
    janayati hrdi bhumau snatur uccair priyam yat
    tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

    May very dear and fragrant Radhakunda, which for one who bathes in it immediately creates in the land of the heart a desire tree of pure love rare even among the gopi beloveds of Lord Krsna in Vraja, be my shelter.

    agha ripur api yatnad atra devyah prasada
    prasara krta kataksa prapti kamah prakamam
    anusarati yad uccaih snana sevanubandhais
    tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

    May very dear and fragrant Radhakunda, where, yearning to attain the merciful sidelong glance of His queen, Lord Krsna, diligently follows Her bathing attendants, be my shelter.

    vraja bhuvana sudhamsoh prema bhumir nikamam
    vraja madhura kisori mauli ratna priyeva
    paricitam api namna yac ca tenaiva tasyas
    tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

    May very fragrant Radhakunda, which is named after a girl who is a realm of love for He who is the moon of Vraja, a girl who is like the most precious jewel in the crown of the sweet girls of Vraja, be my shelter.

    api jana iha kascid yasya seva prasadaih
    pranaya sura lata syat tasya gosthendra sunoh
    sapadi kila mad isa dasya puspa prasasya
    tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

    The mercy obtained by serving Radhakunda makes the celestial vine of pure love for the prince of Vraja, which is famous for bearing the flowers of service to my queen, sprout. May that very fragrant Radhakunda be my shelter.

    tata madhura nikunjah klpta namana uccair
    nija parijana vargaih samvibhaj yasritas taih
    madhukara ruta ramya yasya rajanti kamyas
    tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

    May very fragrant Radhakunda, on the shores of which are many splendid and charming forest groves filled with the sweet sounds of bumblebees and each named after one of Sri Radha's friends, be my shelter.

    tata bhuvi vara vedyam yasya narmati hrdyam
    madhura madhura vartam gostha candrasya bhangya
    prathayati mitha isa prana sakhyalibhih sa
    tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

    May very fragrant Radhakunda, on the shore of which, in a pleasant courtyard Queen Radha and Her friends sweetly joke with Lord Krsna, the moon of Vraja, be my shelter.

    anudinam ati rangaih prema mattali sanghair
    vara sarasija gandhair hari vari prapurne
    viharata iha yasmin dam pati tau pramattau
    tad ati surabhi radhakundam evasrayo me

    May very fragrant Radhakunda, where the passionate divine couple daily plays with Their passionate friends in the charming lotus scented water, be my shelter.

    avikalam ati devyas caru kundastakam yah
    paripathati tadiyollasi dasyarpitatma
    aciram iha sarire darsayaty eva tasmai
    madhu ripur ati modaih slisyamanam priyam tam

    To one who is completely dedicated to Queen Radha's service and who happily reads these eight beautiful verses describing Her lake, even in this present body Lord Krsna shows His beloved as He happily embraces Her.


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