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Vraja Vilasa 57 : Radha and Krishna’s first adolescence

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I worship Radha and Madhava’s first adolescence, manifest through their elongated eyes, the crookedness of their sidelong glances, the increase of the volume of her breasts and the expanse of his chest, the great crookedness of their soft spoken words, the largeness of their buttocks and the extraordinary sweetness that pervades all of their limbs.

 


VERSE 57

netre dairghyam apāṅgayoḥ kuṭilatā vakṣoja-vakṣaḥ-sthale
sthaulyaṁ tan-mṛdu-vāci vakri-madhurā śroṇau pṛthu-sphāratā
sarvāṅge vara-mādhurī sphuṭam abhūd yeneha lokottarā
rādhā-mādhavayor alaṁ nava-vayaḥ sandhiṁ sadā taṁ bhaje

Stavāmṛta Kaṇā Vyākhyā: In the previous verse Das Goswami praised the śṛṅgāra rasa, and now in this one he praises the early adolescence of Sri Sri Radha Madhava, in which the Divine Couple take on the proper form to experience that rasa. In the prakaṭa-līlā or krama-līlā, the manifest pastimes on earth, which follow the sequence of birth and growth, etc., Sri Sri Radha Madhava gradually pass through the ages of bālya (0-5 years), paugaṇḍa (5-10) and kaiśora (10-15 years), which is their eternal intrinsic age. This is the sweetness of the krama-līlā.

The junction between paugaṇḍa and kaiśora is called vayaḥ sandhi. In Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi it is seen that there are four ages suitable for the madhura rasa : vayaḥ sandhi, navya vayasa, vyakta vayasa and pūrṇa vayasa.

vayaḥ sandhis tathā navyaṁ vyaktaṁ pūrṇam iti kramāt (UN 10.8)

Of these, vayaḥ sandhi is described as follows:

bālya yauvanayoḥ sandhir vayaḥ sandhir itīryate

“The meeting point of childhood and youth is called vayaḥ sandhi (or puberty)” (UN 10.10)

Śrīla Jiva Goswami comments on this as follows:

bālya-yauvanayoḥ sandhir iti kaiśorasya prathama-bhāga-tātparyakam, sarvasyāpi kaiśorasya tat-sandhi-rūpatvāt. bālyam atra paugaṇḍam

“The junction between childhood and youth (yauvana) is called prathama kaiśora. All manifestations of kaiśora are found between bālya and youth. This bālya must here be understood as paugaṇḍa.”

Sri Krishna’s vayaḥ-sandhi is described as follows:

yāntī śyāmalatāṁ vimukta-kapiśa-cchāyāṁ smara-kṣmā-pater
adyājñā-lipi-varṇa-paṅkti-padavīm āpnoti romāvalī
vāñchaty ucchalitaṁ manāg abhinavāṁ tāruṇya-nīra-cchaṭāṁ
labdhvā kiñcid adhīram akṣi-śaphara-dvandvaṁ ca kaṁsa-dviṣaḥ

One duti (messenger) showed Sri Radha through the vines how Sri Krishna was standing under a tree, and told her: “O dear sakhi! Look! Kaṁsāri’s body hairs have given up their reddish brown color and have become black. It seems as if they turned into letters of Cupid’s written order. His minnow-like eyes have become restless after having attained the luster of fresh youthfulness. Behold, O sakhi, the enchanting form of the enemy of Kamsa!” (Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi, 10.11)

The sweetness of his puberty is further described there:

daśārdha-śara-lubdhakaṁ calam avekṣya lakṣyecchayā
viśantam iha sāmprataṁ bhavad apāṅgo śṛṅgopari
sadāśru nikarokṣitā vraja mahendra vṛndāvane
kuraṅga nayanāvalī dara-pariplavatvaṁ gatā

Nandimukhi told Sri Krishna, who was desirous to meet the gopīs in the stage of pūrva-rāga (beginnings of love): “O king of Vraja! Don’t worry! Now the hunter named Cupid has entered your sidelong glances, showing great restlessness. This is not an ordinary thing! Seeing how he never fails his target, the doe-like eyes of the gopīs of Vrindavan are filled with tears and are shivering of fear! Therefore your desires will quickly be fulfilled!” (Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi, 10.12)

In the same way Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi describes Sri Radha’s puberty and its sweetness:

vādyaṁ kiṅkiṇim āharaty upacayaṁ jñātvā nitambo guṇī
svasya dhvaṁsam avetya vaṣṭi balibhir yogaṁ hrasan madhyamam
vakṣaḥ sādhu phala-dvayaṁ vicinute rājopahāra-kṣamaṁ
rādhāyās tanu-rājyam añcati nave kṣauṇī-patau yauvane

Seeing Sri Radha from afar, Sri Krishna told Subala: “O friend! Look how the king of fresh youthfulness enters into the kingdom of Sri Radha’s body! Her qualified buttocks begin to play musical instruments for him by blissfully jingling with her waistbells, her breasts are offering themselves to him as two large ripened picked fruits, and her waist is becoming afraid of perishing completely and therefore takes shelter of her three-lined belly. Therefore, O sakhi! How wonderful is the power of the king of fresh youthfulness!” (Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi, 10.13)

The sweetness of her puberty is described as follows:

āśās te patituṁ kaṭākṣa-madhupo mandaṁ dṛg indīvare
kiñcid vrīḍa visāṅkuraṁ mṛgayate ceto marālārbakaḥ
narmālāpa madhu cchaṭādya vadanāmbhoje tavodīyate
śaṅke sundari mādhavotsava-karīṁ kāñcid daśām añcasi

Viśākhā jokingly told Sri Radha: “O Beautiful girl! The sweetness of Your body is most astonishing! Your bee-like glances aspire to gently land on the blue Indīvara-lotus flowers of Your eyes, the young swan of Your heart is seeking the lotusstems of slight bashfulness and the lustre of the honey of joking words is becoming manifest in Your lotuslike mouth! Therefore, O Rādhe! I think that you have attained a condition that can deliver a festival of joy to Mādhava!” (Ujjvala-nīlamaṇi, 10.14)

śaiśava yauvana daraśana bhelo; duhuṅ patha heraite manasija gelo
madana ki rāja pahilo paracāra; bhina jane deyalo bhina adhikāra
kaṭika gaurava pa-ala nitamba; ekaka kṣīṇa aoke avalamba
prakaṭa hāsa ab gopata bhelo; uraja prakaṭa ab tahnika lelo
caraṇa capala gati locana pābo; locanaka dhairaja pada tale yābo
nava kavi śekhara ki kohite pāro; bhina bhina rāja bhina vevahāra

“Youthfulness came to see childhood and Cupid saw them both on the way. When king Cupid promulgates youthfulness, he takes possession of different persons in different ways. The buttocks take over the opulences of the waist, which becomes thin and needs the former’s support. The manifest smiling and laughter become hidden and the breasts and the chest become clearly manifest. The eyes will get the restlessness of the feet and the peacefulness of the eyes will go to the soles of the feet. What more can Kavi Śekhara say? In different kingdoms there are different customs!”

Raghunath Das Goswami says: “When Sri Sri Radha Madhava attain adolescence, their eyes are enlarged, their sidelong glances become crooked, Sri Krishna’s chest becomes broader and Sri Radha’s breasts swell. Their soft words become crooked and filled with desire, their buttocks become big and each and every one of their limbs reveal an extraordinary sweetness. I worship this early adolescence of Sri Sri Radha Madhava!”

nayane dīrghatā, prānte kuṭilatā, sthūla stana vakṣaḥ sthala
vākyete vakratā, nitambe sphāratā, duhuṅ aṅga jhalamala

rādhā-kṛṣṇa aṅge, mādhurya taraṅge, nava vayaḥ sandhi kāle
nayanete heri, anubhava kori, bhaji sakhī-yūthe mile

Together with my group of sakhīs I worship the early adolescence of Radha and Krishna, that rushes over their limbs like a wave of sweetness, that makes their bodies shimmer, widens their eyes, makes their sidelong glances crooked, broadens his chest and increases the volume of her breasts, makes their words crooked and enlarges their buttocks.”

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