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Govinda Lilamrita Raas : Fatigue at the end of the dance

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42 One gopa sundari, a great expert in the tandava dance, placed the orb of her cheek on that of Krishna, on which his makara earrings swing. Krishna, whose eyes destroy the pride of ponds of blooming lotus flowers, gives her the pan he has been chewing and she relishes them!

43 Feeling another anaṅga raṅgiṇī gopi’s touch on his shoulder, Krishna horripilates—but her arm too horripilates from his touch! But leaning against him and blissfully placing her arms on his shoulders, she rests for a moment.

44 One gopi, weary from all the dancing, placed Krishna’s hand on her breasts and head, and all her fatigue came to an end, as her hair stood on end. Even though his hand shook and perspired, its touch was more cooling than thousands of moons!

45 Immersed in an ocean of compassion, Madhava uses his lotus hand to again and again wipe the sweat from the gopis’ faces. But aho! he was unable, for the sattvika ecstasies from his divine touch causes their perspiration to double.

46 In a gesture of friendly intimacy, another gopi uses Krishna’s upper garment to wipe the sweat from her own face. Then using her own cloth, she wipes the sweat from his.

47 Many of the doe-eyes gopis become immersed in waves of joyful lassitude in the ocean of Krishna’s physical presence and touch! Hence they could not check their malas and ornaments from slackening, their clothes and hair from loosening!

48-49 Thus Krishna concludes his Rasa vilasotsava with its many forms of dancing, singing and music. Yet only the gopis can performs this pastime with him. Then, Vrinda Devi understood that Gopi-jana-vallabha’s desire for the dance of love had awakened, and so she escorts Radha and Krishna along the camphor white sands of the Yamuna’s bank, and after seating them on a bedstead, she and the sakhis take up various kinds of seva.

Rasa-taraṅginī Tīkā: In Kṛṣṇa-bhāvanāmṛta, Shrila Vishwanath Chakravarti sums up the Rasa by saying:

lihantv arvācīnā nija-rasanayā rāsaṁ kathaṁ taṁ haṭhān
na gīr yatreśānā saphalita-dṛśāṁ tātkālikānām api
prabhus taṁ premā cet kam api caturaṁ svādhāram ākhyāpayet
tadīyair mādhuryair apahṛta-dhiyā tenāpi varṇyo na saḥ

How is it possible for anyone living now to relish the Rasa lila with his tongue, when the words of those who were fortunate enough to see the Rasa with their own eyes were incapable of doing so? Even when premika bhaktas begin speaking, their voices falter in ecstasy, so they are unable to go on! (Kṛṣṇa-bhāvanāmṛta, 19.81)

kintu śaktir atulā kṛpā tayoḥ
sā svayaṁ śuka-mukhendunā jagat
dyotayanty alam avaikṣayad diśaṁ
dhāma vindati tayaiva sekṣaṇaḥ

Nevertheless, the Radha and Krishna’s incomparable kripa shakti has illumined the world through Sri Shukadeva Goswami’s recitation, showing the way so that anyone with eyes can find the Rasa-sthali’s parama-dhāma by following it. (Kṛṣṇa-bhāvanāmṛta, 19.82)

 

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