The Smiling Faces and Restless Eyes of Her Sakhīs


Rādhā-Govinda awoke at the same time and stretched Their limbs. Rādhā’s extended body looked like a bow of golden campaka flowers and Krishna’s resembled a bow of blue lotuses. Giving up each other’s embrace, Rādhā-Mādhava felt pangs of separation. They tightly embraced again and experienced intense bliss[1].

The joyful sakhīs, with gentle sweet smiles, pushed each other toward the entrance of the kuñja. They were unhappy over the arrival of dawn. The sakhīs timidly entered the kuñja along with a swarm of humming bees. Rādhā’s pleasure doubled upon seeing the smiling faces and restless eyes of Her sakhīs. Rādhā immediately got up from Her lover’s lap to greet them. In Her rush to stand up, Rādhā had covered Herself with Krishna’s yellow cloth. She looked shyly at the sakhīs and then sat down beside Krishna[2].

Rādhā-Mādhava smiled to greet Their joyful and affectionate sakhīs. In their association, the bud of Rādhā-Mādhava’s beauty[3] fully blossomed. That rūpa-mañjarī[4]  most expertly served the Divine Couple.

[1] Krishna-bhāvanāmṛtam 1.25

[2] Govinda-līlāmṛta 1.60-62

[3] rūpa-mañjarī

[4] Bud of beauty



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