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Rādhā-kuṇḍāṣṭakam: Benediction

blog-0278703001415416906.jpgavikala-mati devyāś cāru kuṇḍāṣṭakaṁ yaḥ

paripaṭhati tadīyollāsi-dāsyārpitātmā

aciram iha śarīre darśayaty eva tasmai

madhu-ripur ati-modaiḥ śliṣyamāṇāṁ priyāṁ tām

Anyone who recites this beautiful Radhakuṇḍāṣṭakam for goddess Radha with an unagitated mind and a fixed intelligence and who submits him/her-self to her blissful service will soon see Madhuripu (Krishna) in her delightful embrace, even while being in this (material) body!

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā by Radha Kund Mahant Pandit Ananta Das Babaji Maharaj: In this verse Shripada Das Goswami describes the phala-śruti (benediction on the reciters) of Śrī Radhakuṇḍāṣṭakam.

Can there be any doubt that there must be an extraordinary, indescribable fruit (result) from reciting this Śrī Kuṇḍāṣṭakam, which is filled with the glorification of Shri Radha Kund?

This lake, which is most dear to Shri Krishna, just like sākṣāt mādanākhya-mahābhāvavatī kṛṣṇa-priyā śiromaṇi Shri Radharani, which bestows a love for Krishna just like Shri Radha’s on anyone who simply bathes there once, and which blesses anyone who serves it by seeing it or touching it with the greatest love, culminating in the personal service of Shri Radha?

Shri Raghunath says: “Anyone who has dedicated himself to the service of Shri Radha in topmost bliss and who recites this Radhakuṇḍāṣṭakam with a steady intelligence is qualified to receive the above-mentioned boon.”

The word avikala-mati then means that there must be no doubt at all in the intelligence of the reciter about the glories of Radha Kund being described in these eight verses.

Unswerving faith in the words of the saints, the spiritual master and the scriptures is called śraddhā.

This śraddhā qualifies the devotee to commence bhajana or devotional practice.

A person who doubts the words of the saints, the spiritual master or the scriptures can’t experience anything tanglible as a result from his devotional practice, therefore the saints and the scriptures have adviced us to do bhajana, consisting of hearing and chanting, while keeping unswerving faith in the scriptures and in the guru.

The word avikalamati can also mean niścayātmikā buddhi, the fixed intelligence described in Bhagavad Gītā (2.41). Shrila Vishwanath Chakravartipada comments as follows on this verse and thereby gives the following definition of niścayātmikā buddhi:

mama gurūpadiṣṭaṁ bhagavat-kīrtana-smaraṇa-caraṇa paricaraṇādikam

etad eva mama sādhanam, etad eva mama sādhyam,

etad eva mama jīvātuḥ, sādhana-sādhya-daśayos tyaktum aśakyam

etad eva me kāmyam, etad eva me kāryam, etad-anyaṁ na me kāryaṁ,

nāpy abhilaṣaṇīyaṁ svapne’pīty atra sukham astu

duḥkhaṁ vāstu saṁsāra naśyatu vā na naśyatu

tatra mama kvāpi kṣatir ity evaṁ niścayātmikā buddhiḥ

“The devotional service my Guru has given me, consisting of hearing, chanting, remembering and serving the lotus feet of my beloved deity is my practice, my goal and my very life. Neither in the stage of sādhana, nor in the state of perfection will I be able to give up this order. This is what I desire, this is my duty and I don’t want to do anything else, not even in dreams! It may make me happy, it may make me miserable, it may liberate me from material life, it may not liberate me from material life, all this doesn’t matter to me! This attitude is called niścayātmika buddhi.”

This is also the kind of determination of a person who is dedicated to the service of Shri Radha, which is the most blissful and most delicious thing existing in the kingdom of devotion: “The service of Shri Radha is my goal, it is my practice, it is my very life, I am absolutely unable to give up the service of Shri Radha. It may make me happy, it may make me unhappy, I may take birth in any kind of womb, I may go either to heaven or hell as a result of my activities – let my only duty and activity be the practice of rādhā-dāsya, consisting of hearing, chanting, remembering or serving the deity of Shri Radha!”

If an avikalamati person, who is thus exclusively fixed in the service of Shri Radha, recites this Radhakuṇḍāṣṭakam, he then will swiftly be able to see Shri Radharani in the embrace of Shri Krishna. This is the highest perfection for the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas, for their only desire is:

ballabī bhujalatābaddhe brahmaṇi mano me ramate

“May the Supreme Brahman delight my mind as he is bound by the vine like arms of the gopīs!”

rādhāpade kori yihoṅ ātma-samarpaṇa;

rādhā pada-dāsī nāma koreche dhāraṇa

śrī rādhāra manohara ei kuṇḍāṣṭaka;

nitya pāṭha kore yiho loṭāye mastaka

kṛṣṇa-candra tāra prati hon suprasanna;

yugala darśana bhāgye hoy upasanna

rādhāliṅgita kṛṣṇe sādhaka śarīre;

śrī kuṇḍa dekhāye dena rādhākuṇḍa-tīre

kuṇḍa-taṭe vāsa kori raghunātha dāsa;

bhajanaa sampuṭa korilā prakāśa

“Krishna-candra will be very satisfied with anyone who surrenders unto Radha’s lotus feet, who bears a name thus marking her as a maidservant of Radha’s lotus feet and who always recites this enchanting Radhakuṇḍāṣṭakam, rolling with his head (at the feet of this aṣṭakam) and he will bestow the audience of the Yugala Kiśora to such a fortunate soul. Such a devotee will be able to see Shri Radha wrapped in Shri Krishna’s embrace on the bank of Radha Kund. In this way Shrila Raghunath Das Goswami, who lives on the bank of Radha Kund, opens the basket of his bhajan and shows us its contents.”

Thus ends Shrila Raghunath Das Goswami’s Radhakuṇḍāṣṭakam.

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