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    Appearance of Shri Lalita-devi


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    Of the eight sakhis, Lalita-devi is the foremost. She is a very dear friend of Radha-Krsna and she is 27 years older than Srimati Radharani.

    (Radha-Krsna-ganoddesa-dipika)

    Lalitadevi is well-known for her contradictory and hot tempered nature. Her complexion is the color of gorocana (bright yellow pigment prepared from the urine of a cow) and her garments are the color of peacock feathers.

    Her mother is Saradi-devi and her father is Visoka. Her husband is Bhairava who is a close friend of Govardhana-gopa (husband of Candravali).

    Rupa manjari (Rupa Goswami) is the assistant and follower of Lalita-sakhi; thus all who consider themselves as Rupanuga bhaktas (followers of Rupa Goswami) are ultimately the servants of lalita-devi and thus through the media of the parampara should always be longing to engage in the service of her lotus feet. When that day comes that we are able to please her, she will engage us in the intimate loving service of Sri Sri radha-Krsna according to our heart's desire.

    Lalita-sakhi incarnated as Svarupa Damodara in the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as his personal secretary. In fact, no one could approach or present anything to Caitanya Mahaprabhu without his sanction.

    "Sri Svarupa Damodara was the personification of ecstatic love, fully cognizant of the highest transcendental mellows in relationship with Lord Krsna. He directly represented Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as His second expansion.

    If someone wrote a book or composed verses and songs and wanted to recite them before Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Svarupa Damodara would first examine them and then correctly present them. Only then would Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu agree to listen."

    Lalita-sakhi and her assistants incarnate from time to time in the material realm to propagate the topmost mood of serving Radha-Krsna, namely to become a maid-servant of Srimati Radharani.

    Sri Lalita devi's characteristics

    Of the eight sakhis, Lalita-devi is the foremost. She is a very dear friend of Radha-Krsna and she is 27 years older than Srimati Radharani.

    (Radha-Krsna-ganoddesa-dipika)

    Lalitadevi is well-known for her contradictory and hot tempered nature. Her complexion is the color of gorocana (bright yellow pigment prepared from the urine of a cow) and her garments are the color of peacock feathers.

    Her mother is Saradi-devi and her father is Visoka. Her husband is Bhairava who is a close friend of Govardhana-gopa (husband of Candravali).

    Rupa manjari (Rupa Goswami) is the assistant and follower of Lalita-sakhi; thus all who consider themselves as Rupanuga bhaktas (followers of Rupa Goswami) are ultimately the servants of lalita-devi and thus through the media of the parampara should always be longing to engage in the service of her lotus feet. When that day comes that we are able to please her, she will engage us in the intimate loving service of Sri Sri radha-Krsna according to our heart's desire.

    Lalita-sakhi incarnated as Svarupa Damodara in the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as his personal secretary. In fact, no one could approach or present anything to Caitanya Mahaprabhu without his sanction.

    "Sri Svarupa Damodara was the personification of ecstatic love, fully cognizant of the highest transcendental mellows in relationship with Lord Krsna. He directly represented Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as His second expansion.

    If someone wrote a book or composed verses and songs and wanted to recite them before Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Svarupa Damodara would first examine them and then correctly present them. Only then would Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu agree to listen."

    Lalita-sakhi and her assistants incarnate from time to time in the material realm to propagate the topmost mood of serving Radha-Krsna, namely to become a maid-servant of Srimati Radharani.

    Mother's Name: Saradi

    Father's Name: Visoka

    Husband's Name: Bhairava

    Complexion: Like gorochana, a type of yellow pigment

    Cloth: Sikhi-piccha, like peacock feathers

    Grove: Her kunja to the North of Radha-kunda, named Lalitanandada, is colored tadid i,e, like lightening, with many ruby-studded features.

    Service: Her special seva is serving tambula, betel-nuts.

    Age: In the Nikunja-lila, her eternal age is 14 years, 8 months, 27 days; she is the eldest sakhi.

    Birthday: Sravana Sukla Ekadasi, the 11th day of the waxing moon in the month of Sravana.

    Mood: Her bhava is khandita, or a jealous heroine who chastises her beloved. This pure mood is never manifest in relation to herself, however but only when there is a delay in the meeting of the Divine Couple.

    Temperament: Vama-prakhara, contrary and hot-tempered to enhance the pastimes of Radha & Krsna.

    Favorite Instrument: Vina.

    Favorite Tune: Raga bhairava-kalingada.

    Maidservant: Her chief assistant is Sri Rupa-manjari.

    Girlfriends: Her 8 closest sakhis are Ratna-prabha, Rati-kala, Subhadra, Bhadra-rekhika, Sumukhi, Dhanishtha, Kala-hamsi, Kalapini.

    Special Talents:
    (1) The leader of all the sakhis of Srimati Radharani
    (2) Very magnanimous like her father
    (3) The instigator of most pastimes
    (4) Always displays contrariness to Krsna's suggestions
    (5) Frequently becomes angry and speaks outrageously insolent retorts to increase the intensity of the loving affairs between Radha & Krsna.
    (6) Brilliant in composing and and understanding riddles
    (7) Unparalleled in fashioning things with flowers including awnings, dancing arenas, umbrellas, couches, bowers
    (8) Expert in performing magic tricks and juggling.

    Identity in Gaura-lila:

    148-150 Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami has also confirmed that the goddess of fortune, who appeared in Vrndavana and was very dear to Lord Krsna, has now appeared as Sri Gadadhara Pandita, who is filled with love for Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Lalita-gopi always follows Srimati Radharani, and therefore she is known as Anuradha (Radha's follower). When Srimati Radharani appeared as Gadadhara Pandita, Lalita followed her, entering the body of Gadadhara Pandita. Therefore, Gadadhara Pandita is the incarnation of both Srimati Radharani and Lalita-gopi. This is described in the following statement of Caitanya-candrodaya-nataka.

    151. "Gadadhara, the best of the brahmanas, is the incarnation of both Srimati Radharani and Lalita-gopi. These two are the transcendental potencies of the Lord, and since the Lord is in one sense not different from His potencies, it may be said that He is present wherever His potencies go. For this reason it may be said that Lord Hari is also present in the body of Gadadhara Pandita. Gadadhara is therefore the incarnation of three persons: Srimati Radharani, Lalita-gopi, and Lord Hari."

    152. Some say that Dhruvananda Brahmacari is the incarnation of Lalita-gopi. This opinion is also correct, for Lalita-gopi appeared as both Gadadhara Pandita and Dhruvananda Brahmacari.

    122-124 From all this we may conclude that Ramananda Raya is the incarnation of Lalita-gopi, Arjuniya-gopi, and Pandava Arjuna.

    (Gaura Gannodesa Dipika by Srila Kavi Karnapura)

    2005 0910 Lecture - Lalita-Devi's Appearance day - Eng.pdf



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