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Atop a Kadamba – Govinda-lilamrta

The Vraja-devīs go to Yāvaṭa in the early morning and serve Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. After Her bath and dressing is complete, Jaṭilā, Kutila, Abhimanyu and everyone becomes astonished and cannot recognize who this Devī is. They offer praṇāma to the Devī and pray for Her blessings. Śrīmatī Rādhārānī then proceeds to Nanda-bhavana, accompanied by the sakhīs, who are singing and dancing. Viśākhā Devī sees Rādhārānī’s eyes are restless, searching for something. “Where is the blue-colored moon?”

Śrīmatī Rādhārānī is very greedy to see the face of Śrī Kṛṣṇa. She looks with restless eyes, “Where is He?”

When Śuka goes to any garden, he doesn’t look at the leaves, flowers and fruits, but he smells from one place, “Where are the sweet, ripe and juicy fruits?” He goes and drinks the fruits’ juice and then runs off.

Today, Viśākhā Devī was waiting and watching, “Where are the fruits in this garden?”

The mañjarīs decorated the pathway very nicely. The sakhīs walked with Śrīmatī Rādhārānī, singing sweetly. This is like a rasa. Kṛṣṇa is very greedy to drink this. But where is He? How can they meet with Him? How can they see Him? They have this strong desire.

Rādhārānī’s hands have many bangles, and She wears many flower garlands and ornaments with gold, pearls, and jewels such as diamonds. Viśākhā gives Śrīmatī Rādhārānī a blue-colored jewel, nīlamaṇi. This is very powerful. This jewel has the special ability to show the activities of Kṛṣṇa on its sparkling surface. The blue jewel shows where Kṛṣṇa is, what He is doing, and so forth. Nothing else will reflect there. Kṛṣṇa gave this as a gift to Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. Viśākhā Devī puts this on the necklace worn by Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. When watching this, Śrīmatī becomes very happy, understanding where Kṛṣṇa is present.

Kṛṣṇa has finished milking the cows, and the milk is on its way to Nanda-bhavana. Now, Kṛṣṇa has disappeared and is sitting on top of the branches of a kadamba tree, watching the gopīs coming from a far way off. No one can see Him, where He is hiding. The sakhās search for Him, without any luck. But the sakhīs understand where He is by the power of Rādhārānī’s blue jewel, and they come nearby this Kadamba Tera. Upon arriving, Rādhārānī appears to be very exhausted and sits under the kadamba tree. The sakhīs begin to sing Govinda-gītā.

One thing is Gīta-govinda, and another is Govinda gītā. The gopīs’ sing the glories of Govinda for Govinda’s pleasure. Gīta-govinda is a song for Govinda. One thing is the glories of Govinda, sung by the gopīs, while they wait for His darśana and meeting with Him. The other is Gīta-govinda, the glories sung of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s meeting with Govinda.

Kṛṣṇa is sitting on top of the kadamba tree and is not coming down. He begins to repeat the kīrtana with His flute from atop the tree. It is as if He steals the melody of the gopīs’ song and plays it on His flute. How tasteful is that flute-song? Kṛṣṇa Himself relishes the sound.
In the early morning, the sakhīs search, “Where is Kṛṣṇa?” They peer into the jewel hanging around the neck of Śrīmatī and watch Kṛṣṇa’s face hiding amidst the leaves of the kadamba. Then they begin to sing of His glories.

Kavirāja Gosvāmī explains that Rādhārānī has a ratnamala with many jewels, prominent among them the indranīla-maṇī, candrakanti maṇi and padmaraga maṇi. Śrīmatī Rādhārānī doesn’t have only one type of jewel. The first jewel, indranīla-maṇī, watches the whereabouts of Kṛṣṇa, His face and pastimes. The next, candrakanta maṇi, is worn by Śrīmatī Rādhārānī; this illumines the face and hearts’ desires of the Vraja-devīs and Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. The other, padmaraga maṇi, shows some hint of what new pastimes are about to manifest. That is called purva ābhāsa, a shadow or indication of future happenings. What is Kṛṣṇa’s desire, and what is Rādhārānī’s desire? Yogamāyā Bhagavatī Paurṇamāsī arranges everything according to the Divine Couple’s mutual yearnings. Signs of these coming pastimes are shown in the padmaraga maṇi.

Another necklace has a vaidurya maṇi, hung on a gold chain, surrounded by pearls and flowers. The vaidurya maṇi is very powerful. What does this do? If anything is short or less, the vaidurya maṇi has the power to arrange its completion.

Viśākhā Devī gives these manis to Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. Therefore, Viśākhā Devī’s beauty, face and energy are always very powerful.

Sometimes Kṛṣṇa thinks, “What will I present to Her?”

But Viśākhā Devī and Lalitā Devī show Kṛṣṇa, “Rādhārānī has nothing lacking. She has everything.”

Not only these four jewels. She has many ornaments and jewels, which each have their own specialties. They are not only pieces of stone. They arrange many things for Rādhārānī’s service.

Each jewel is like one of the aṣṭa-sakhīs — Viśākhā, Lalitā, Citrā, Campakalata, Ranga Devī and so forth — on the neck of Rādhārānī in the form of jewels.

Like Nārāyaṇa has Cakra Sudarśana. This is not only in His hand in the form of a disc. Sudarśana is always ready for the service of the Lord. He has his own human-like form.

The aṣṭa-sakhīs and Vraja-devīs don’t only give these jewels to Śrīmatī, they offer themselves to Śrīmatī Rādhārānī in the form of these jewels.

Rādhārānī’s body is golden and very soft. She cannot carry the weight of so many jewels. She takes them off, one by one, and gives them as gifts to the sakhīs and mañjarīs. She wears very thin flower garlands, made with Tulasī and other flowers. That is very attractive to Kṛṣṇa. Kṛṣṇa smells the tulasī mañjarīs, candana and kastūrī from on top of the kadamba tree, and He comes down. He sees, “Nearby the lotus feet of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī many honeybees and bumblebees are swarming. They come down, touch Her feet, smell them and then fly off.”

Kṛṣṇa was surprised, “What do they think — Her feet are lotuses, flowers, or sweet honey?”

Kṛṣṇa came down and looked, “Many other small creatures are coming forward, eager to touch the lotus feet of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī.”

Many small rabbits, squirrels, cuckoos, parrots and other birds are present there, waiting for the mercy of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. The animals came and smelt Her feet, and the desire in their hearts were fulfilled. Śrīmatī Rādhārānī gave a Tulasī and flower garland to Viśākhā’s hand. Then, after Kṛṣṇa’s darśana, Viśākhā gave that garland to Him.

The garland was mixed with the nectar of honey. Kṛṣṇa wore this, and the honeybees went and sat on the flowers. Rādhārānī offered this garland with Her own hand; hence, it is very sweet for Kṛṣṇa. Those flowers had no jewels, no nīlamaṇi. But the sun and moon, Rahu or Ketu, or any other planet was also not there. Meaning, there were no sakhās there, Abhimanyu was not there, Govardhana Malla, or Jaṭilā and Kutila were not there. In Kadamba Tera, only the sakhīs and mañjarīs were sitting there, resting for a moment, singing Govinda-gītā, and then from there they went to Nanda-bhavana.

ārānī wears one kavaca. What is this? Lalitā Devī received a peacock feather worn by Kṛṣṇa in His crown. Kṛṣṇa gave this to Lalitā for Śrīmatī. The peacock feather is braided and worn as a kavaca, and Śrīmatī Rādhārānī always keeps this kavaca with Her.

Many demons heard that the Vraja-devīs in Vraja Bhūmi are very special. They tried to disturb Vraja Bhūmi, but this was not possible for them. Why? This kavaca is very strong. Rādhārānī wears this sometimes on Her hand, neck, or head, like a cūḍāmaṇi. This is very powerful. When the sun and moon see this kavaca, they give respect.

Kaṁsa and other demons have some māyā-śakti. Hearing the glories of Rādhārānī, their intelligence was lost. If any demon came to Vraja, or thought about Śrīmatī Rādhārānī or the Vraja-devīs, he would lose his brain, becoming dumb, like a stone. They could not cross the Yamunā and come to disturb. Many royal swans are there. They stay in the Yamunā and are big protectors. How? They have gotten a very strong power from the darśana of the Vraja-devīs. Therefore they don’t give a chance for any demons to cross the Yamunā and come into Vṛndāvana.

Rādhārānī’s finger has a ring. It has śravaṇa śakti. Kṛṣṇa has tolerance and patience, but how? Śrīmatī Rādhārānī wears this ring, and from wherever She is present, Kṛṣṇa hears everything.

Rādhārānī’s lotus feet have many types of jewels on them. Both Her feet have many ornaments. These are like swans in the Yamunā. Sometimes they speak or sing something. Sudevi and Rangadevi place many rings on the toes of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. These rings have great power. Even Brahma becomes surprised.

Rangadevi, Sudevi and Citrā arrange these powerful toe rings for Śrīmatī Rādhārānī.

Viśākhā Devī has one friend, named Narmada, who makes flower garlands and gives them to Śrīmatī Rādhārānī. Not only on Her neck. . . some flowers are strung like ankle bells.

Touching these flowers, one gets strength, and the feet will never be tired by walking.

The flower-garland-maker, Narmada, knows which kinds of flowers are for which limb of the body. Some are for the hands, neck, feet, or head, and so forth. Sometimes they sew flowers onto silken cloth, and then they dress Śrīmatī Rādhārānī entirely in flowers.

There is one daughter of a barber, named Sugandha. She knows which jewels have some heat. Therefore she gives flowers first and, on top of them, some jewel; then the jewel’s heat will not disturb Śrīmatī. Afterwards, she shows Śrīmatī Rādhārānī Her decoration with a mirror.

Kavirāja Gosvāmī prays to the lotus feet of Caitanya Mahāprabhu, and says, “I don’t know anything of vraja-līlā. The unnata-ujjvala-rasa brought by Caitanya Mahāprabhu is very powerful. If anyone thinks of Him, He gives pure consciousness, and makes one related and connected to vraja-līlā. Then from the early morning, līlā-śakti comes into the heart and makes the heart very strong. This līlā-śakti brings one nearby the lotus feet of Śrīmatī Rādhārānī, offers one to Śrīmatī Rādhārānī’s lotus feet, and, so that one can properly take Her shelter, the mañjarīs and sakhīs present there arrange everything.

Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī, all the gosvāmīs and the guru-varga float and drink this līlā-rasa always.

Kavirāja Gosvami says, “How can I realize and understand this, and then save and distribute it? My brain doesn’t work for this. Anything that is inspired in my heart, I save and give that. My independent desire does not work here.”

“I am trying to serve Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, and I am endeavoring to stay nearby Raghunātha dāsa Gosvāmī; by his causeless mercy, something may appear in my heart. I will remain in the association of Sanātana Gosvāmī, and follow his instructions. May Raghunātha Bhaṭṭa and all the gosvāmīs, who are always absorbed in these pastimes, be merciful unto me.”

Offered in remembrance of Śrīla Gurudeva
Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja

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