Aparahna-Lila (the Afternoon Pastime)

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An introduction to aparahna-lila (the afternoon pastime) is given by Govinda-lilamrta:

sri radham prapta-geham nija-ramana-krte klrpta nanopaharam

susnatam ramya-vesam priya-mukha-kamalaloka-purna- pramodam

sri krishnam caivaparahne vrajam anucalitam dhenu-vrndair vayasyai

sri radhaloka-trptam pitr-mukha-militam matr-mrstam smarami (22)

I remember Srimati Radharani, who comes home in the afternoon and prepares many sweets such as amrtakeli and karpurakeli for Her beloved, Sri Krishna. After performing ablutions and dressing in beautiful clothes and ornaments, She is filled with ecstasy upon seeing the lotus face of Her beloved Krishna as He returns to the stables after being in the forest.

I also remember Sri Krishna returning home in the afternoon to Nanda-grama with the cows and His shepherd friends. He then feels satisfaction in seeing Srimati Radharani. After meeting Nanda and other elders, He is washed and dressed by Mother Yasoda.

Oh mind! Remember this pastime in ecstasy.


Thus ends the Pancama-yama Sadhana of Sri Bhajana-rahasya.


This is a section of the book “Bhajana Rahasya”, by Bhaktivinode Thakura.

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