Those Who Spread God’s Message Are the Most Generous People

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The various pastimes performed during the meeting of Radha and Krishna are described in the Ujjvala-nilamani as follows:

te tu sandarsanam jalpah sparsanam vartma rodhanam

rasa-vrndavana-krida-yamunady-ambu-kelayah

nau-khela-lilaya-cauryam-ghatta-kunjadi-linata

madhu-panam vadhu-vesa-dhrtih kapata suptata

dyuta-krida-patakrstis-cambaslesau-nakharpanam

bimbadhara-sudhapanam-samprayogadayo matah

When Radha and Krishna meet, the following amusements usually take place: 1) Sandarsana (looking at each other), 2) Jalpa (talking and inventing false arguments), 3) Sparsa (touching each other), 4) Vartma-nirodhana (obstructing the path), 5) Rasa-lila (the rasa dance), 6) Vrndavana-krida (having fun in the forests of Vrndavana), 7) Yamuna-khelana (playing in the waters of the Yamuna), 8) Nauka-khela (playing by boat), 9) Lila-chaurya (stealing the flute, clothes, flowers, etc.), 10) Dana-ghata-lila (the pastime of charging the ghata toll), 11) Kunjadi-linata (hiding in the groves), 12) Madhupana (drinking honey), 13) Vadhu-vesa-dharana (dressing like a newly married girl), 14) Kapata-nidra (pretending to sleep), 15) Dyuta-krida (playing chess ), 16) Vastrakarsana (trying to tear off clothes), 17) Cumba (kissing), 18) Aslesa (hugging), 19) Nakharpana (scratching), 20) Bimbadhara-sudhapana (tasting the nectar of other people’s lips), 21) Samprayoga (love exchanges ). These pastimes occur when Radha and Krishna meet.

The embellishment of Radha and Krishna is described in the Stavavali, Seva-sankalpa-prakasa-stotra (9):

sphuran-mukta gunja mani sumanasam hara-racane

mudendor lekha me racayatu tatha siksana-vidhim

yatha taih samkanthaptair dayta-sarasi madhya-sadane

sphutam radha krishnavayam api jano bhusayati tau

May Indulekha, my guru, teach me the art of making wonderful garlands composed of pearls, jewels, gunja and various flowers, so that I can decorate Sri Sri Radha and Krishna in the jeweled mandira in the center of the Radha- kunda.

Read the Gopi-gita in the feeling of separation. The gopis declare in it that whoever distributes the nectar of Krishna-katha is the most bountiful person (Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.31.9).

tava kathamrtam tapta-jivanam

kavibhir iditam kalmasapaham

sravana-mangalam srimad atatam

bhuvi grnanti ye bhuri-da janah

The nectar of Your words and the descriptions of Your activities are the soul and body of those who suffer in this material world. These narratives, conveyed by learned sages, eradicate sinful reactions and grant good luck to those who hear them. These tales are spread all over the world and are filled with spiritual strength. It is certain that those who spread God’s message are the most generous people.

 

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

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