BY: SUN STAFF
The Gopis Counsel Radha
Gita Govinda, Buler/Basholi, c. 1730
Oct 19, 2011 CANADA (SUN) From Sri Prema-bhakti-candrika 9 by Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura.
We close our series on Sri Damodarastakam with this Radhika Carana-renu -- The Dust of the Lotus Feet of Sri Radhika. In verse eight of Sri Damodarastakam, the prayers come to a close with this glorification of Sri Radha: "I humbly bow down to Your most beloved Srimati Radharani, and I offer all obeisances to You, the Supreme Lord, who displays unlimited pastimes."
The Dust of the Lotus Feet of Sri Radhika
radhika carana-renu, bhusana kariya tanu,
anayase pabe giridhari
radhika-caranasraya ye kare se mahasaya,
tan 're mui yaon balihari
One who adorns his body with the dust of the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika will easily get Lord Giridari.
By taking the lotus feet of Srimati Radhika as his asraya or sole refuge, he becomes an exalted devotee - to him I say, "Excellent! Bravo!"
Jaya jaya 'radha' nama, vrndavana yan'ra dhama,
hena radha-guna-gana, na sunila mora kana,
vanchita karila more vidhi
All glories to Sri Radha whose divine abode is Vrndavana! She is the wealth of Krsna's blissful pastimes.
If my ears never hear such glories as Radha's, then I have been cheated by the hands of fate.
tan'ra bhakta-sange sada, rasa-lila prema-katha,
yena kare se paya ghanasyama
ihate vimukha yei, ta'ra kabhu siddhi nai,
nahi yena suni ta'ra nama
One who is always in the association of devotees who hear about and discuss prema-katha, topics on divine love, such as the rasa-lila pastimes in Vrndavana, he will get the lotus feet of that Krsna whose bodily hue is like a dark-blue monsoon cloud.
He who is adverse to hearing and discussing these topics, will never achieve the goal of life, nor do I ever want to hear his name.
krsna-nama-gane bhai, radhika-carana pai,
samksepe kahinu katha, ghucao manera vyatha,
duhkhamaya anya katha-dvandva<
O brothers! By chanting Krsna's names, one can get Radhika's lotus feet; and by chanting Radha's names one can get the moonlike Lord Krsna.
In a few brief words I have told what gives relief to this aching heart - other talks are simply full of misery with conflicting words and thoughts.
Srimati Radhika's Lotus Feet
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