priya-sakham iva kaṇṭhe narmaṇāliṅgya guptaḥ |
nava-yuva-yuga-khelās tatra paśyan raho me
nija-nikaṭa-nivāsaṁ dehi govardhana tvam||5||
O Govardhan! You discretely embrace the neck as if your very dear friend, Hari’s beloved lake Radha Kund, where you secretly watch the pastimes of the youthful Divine Couple. Please allow me to live close to you!
Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā by Radha Kund Mahant Pandit Ananta Das Babaji Maharaj: Shripad Raghunath describes the glories of the different pastime-places around Shri Giriraj and the sweetness of the pastimes that take place there, and prays to be allowed to reside in these pastime-places at the base of Shri Giriraj.
In response, it is as if Shri Giriraj is saying, “O Raghunath! There are many places all around me! Tell me frankly in which place you like to reside!”
As if hearing these words from Giriraj, Shri Raghunath reveals his desire to reside at Shri Radha Kund at the base of Giriraj in this verse. Kuṇḍavāsī Shri Raghunath is exclusively attached to residing at Shri Radha Kund. Sitting on the bank of Shri Kund he is floating in his own tears while writing this Stavāvalī. He has no desire to leave the bank of Shri Kund to go anywhere else. He is Kuṇḍeśvarī’s kiṅkarī, and Shri Radha Kund is millions of times dearer to him than his own life.
At the end of Vilāpa-kusumāñjali he has written:
sva-kuṇḍaṁ tava lolākṣi sa priyāyāḥ sadāspadam
atraiva mama saṁvāsa ihaiva mama saṁsthitiḥ
“O restless-eyed Shri Rādhe! This kuṇḍa of Yours is the dear most playground of You and Your heart’s lover Shri Krishna. On the bank of this Shri Radha Kund I live. May I reside here forevermore. (97)
Saṁvāsa saṁsthitiḥ means: “Living there completely and remaining there fully.” These words reveal Shripad’s firm fixation in residing at Radha Kund. In his Shri Prārthanāśraya-caturdaśakam (3) he has written:
yuva-dvandvaṁ gandhair guṇa-sumanasāṁ vāsita-janam
kṛpāṁ cen mayy evaṁ kirati na tadā tvaṁ kuru tathā
yathā me śrī-kuṇḍe sakhi sakalam aṅgaṁ nivasati
“O sakhi (Rūpa Mañjari)! If this Youthful Couple, who enliven the whole world by distributing the nectar of their mercy and who scent all the people with the fragrance of Their flower-like attributes, do not bestow Their mercy on me, then please arrange for it that I can always stay at Shri Radha Kund!”
Through this we can understand how firmly fixed Shripad was in residing at Radha Kund. In his prayer to Govardhan Hill for residence at Radha Kund Shripad first says: hari-dayitam apūrvaṁ rādhikā-kuṇḍam: “Shri Radha Kund is unique and is most dear to Shri Krishna.”
In the Padma Purāṇa it is said:
yathā rādhā priyā viṣṇos tasyāḥ kuṇḍaṁ priyaṁ tathā
sarva-gopīṣu saivaikā viṣṇor atyanta-vallabhā
“Just as Shri Radha is dearer to Shri Nanda-Nandana than his own life, so is Shri Radha Kund. Of all the gopīs Shri Radha is Nanda-Nandana’s dear most beloved.”
She is endowed with mādanākhya-mahā-bhāva and she is his dear most beloved because of her attributes of love, beauty and good fortune. Shri Radha Kund is similarly incomparibly dear to Shri Krishna. When the kuṇḍa appeared in this world Shri Krishna personally revealed it in his words:
proce hariḥ priyatame tava kuṇḍam etat mat kuṇḍato’pi mahimādhikam astu loke atraiva me salila kelir ihaiva nityaṁ snānaṁ yathā tvam asi tadvad idam saro me
Shri Hari said: “O Dearest One! May your kuṇḍa be even more glorious in this world than mine! Here I will always bathe and play in the water, because this lake is as dear to me as you are!”
In this way Hari’s beloved Shri Radha Kund is unique. Priyajī’s Sarasī (Radha’s lake) is the abode of an enchanting beauty equal to that of Priyājī’s, and it shines like the crown jewel of the Yugala’s playgrounds in Vraja Mandal, keeping all these playgrounds on its banks and in its waters.
kuṇḍera mādhurī yeno rādhāra madhurimā;
kuṇḍera mahimā yeno rādhāra mahimā
“The kuṇḍa’s sweetness is like Radha’s sweetness and the kuṇḍa’s greatness is like Radha’s greatness.” (C.C.)
Shrila Prabodhānanda Sarasvatipāda has described the uniqueness of the kuṇḍa’s natural beauty as follows:
dhvānaiḥ śrī-śuka-sārikā-vyatikarair ānanda-sarvasvadam|
karṇākarṣi-kuhū-kuhūr iti kalālāpair vṛtaṁ kokilair
nṛtyan-matta-mayūram anya-vihagaiś cānanda-kolāhalam||
tan-madhye nava-mañju-kuñja-valayaṁ śobhā-vibhūty-āsamā
nordhvaṁ divya-vicitra-ratna-latikādy-ānanda-puṣpa-śriyā |
antas talpa-varaṁ varopakaraṇair āḍhyaṁ samantād dadhad
rādhā-mādhava-bhukta-bhogyam akhilānandaika-sāmrājya-bhūḥ ||
madhye tādṛśa-kuñja-maṇḍala-maho kuṇḍaṁ mahā-mohanaṁ
sāndrānanda-mahā-rasāmṛta-bharaiḥ svacchaiḥ sadā sambhṛtam|
ratnābaddha-catustaṭī vilasitaṁ sad-ratna-sopānavat
The kuñjas give great delight with their sweet and amazing male and female parrots, which loudly repeat Shri Shri Radha Krishna’s intimate conversations, and they are decorated with cuckoos that delight the ears with their unclear sweet call, kuhū kuhū, intoxicated peacocks that beautify the place with their dancing and various birds which make a great ecstatic tumult. These fresh groves have attained a peerless status with their treasures of beauty and the blissful flowers of the wonderful and divine jeweled vines.
Here again are the greatest couches which are endowed with the most excellent ingredients for the enjoyment of Shri Radha and Mādhava. In this way nothing else can be perceived anywhere but the kingdom of transcendental bliss.
In the middle of these kuñjas is a charming pond, which is always filled with clear nectar-like water which crystalizes the strong flavors of deep bliss. Its four banks are studded by jewels; the ghāṭs (landing places) are beautified by super excellent jeweled staircases and enchanting jeweled platforms which lie in the shade of kadamba trees.(VMA 4.105-107)
Nowhere in the Vraja Mandal is there any playground for Shri Shri Radha Madhava which is so solitary, filled with a wealth of natural beauty and suitable in all respects. Therefore Shri Radha Kund is the place where the most confidential midday pastimes of Shri Shri Radha Madhava and their sakhīs are taking place.
Shripad Raghunath says: “O Giriraj! You are embracing your dear most Shri Radha Kund around the neck as the dear most friend and thus you have become so fortunate to be able to secretly and blissfully witness the most intimate middaypastimes of Shri Shri Radha Madhava and relish their sweet mellows. Please allow me to reside on the bank of this your dear most Radha Kund, which is situated close to you, so that I can also become blessed with the relish of the sweet mellows of these pastimes!”
govardhana! tumi mora nivedana dhara;
tomāra nikaṭe sei sthāna dāna koro
priya sakhā śrī kuṇḍere āliṅgana kori;
gupta bhāve sadā hero vilāsa mādhurī
kṛṣṇa priya rādhākuṇḍe yugalera khelā;
vibhora hoiyā heri se ānanda līlā
“O Govardhan! Please hear my prayer! Please give me a place close to your dear friend Shri Radha Kund, whom you embrace to be able to secretly watch the sweet pastimes of the Yugala Kishor there, so that I can also be immersed in bliss while watching these pastimes at Krishna’s dear most Radha Kund.”