by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya | 2010 | 123,965 words

The Bhajana-rahasya Text 20, English translation, including commentary (vritti). The Bhajana-rahasya is a compilation of verses describing the mercy of the eight pairs of names (Yugala-nama) of the Maha-mantra. This is text 20 belonging to the chapter “Shashtha-yama-sadhana (Sayam-kaliya-bhajana–bhava)” representing six dandas after dusk: approximately 6.00 p.m.–8.30 p.m.

The result of having darśana of the deity, with all-consuming love (anurāga), is described in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (3.2.14):

यस्यानुराग-प्लुत-हास-रास लीलावलोक-प्रतिलब्ध-मानाः
व्रज-स्त्रियो दृग्भिर् अनुप्रवृत्त धियो’वतस्थुः किल कृत्य-शेषाः

yasyānurāga-pluta-hāsa-rāsa līlāvaloka-pratilabdha-mānāḥ
vraja-striyo dṛgbhir anupravṛtta dhiyo’vatasthuḥ kila kṛtya-śeṣāḥ

When the young women of Vraja were honoured by Kṛṣṇa’s affectionate laughter, joking words and playful glances, their eyes would become fixed on Him. Their minds would become so absorbed in Him that they would become unaware of their bodies and homes, and they would remain standing as if lifeless, like dolls.

अनुराग हास-रास-लीलावलोकने
सम्पूजित-व्रज-गोपी नित्य-दरशने

anurāga hāsa-rāsa-līlāvalokane
sampūjita-vraja-gopī nitya-daraśane

सर्व-कृत्य-समाधान अन्तरे मानिया
कृष्ण-रूपे मुग्ध-नेत्रे रहे दाङ्डाइया

sarva-kṛtya-samādhāna antare māniyā
kṛṣṇa-rūpe mugdha-netre rahe dāṅḍāiyā

Commentary: Bhajana-rahasya-vṛtti:

Śrī Kṛṣṇa, who is controlled by prema, laughs playfully as He casts sidelong glances at the gopīs. This causes a surge of prema in the gopīs’ hearts, which awakens their desire to enhance Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s pleasure. Coming under the sway of their different ways of laughing, joking and sulking, He becomes eager to meet them. In response to their love for Him, Kṛṣṇa runs with an eager heart to pacify their māna. Controlled by the deeply affectionate prema of the gopīs, He announces His gratitude by accepting eternal indebtedness to them.

Unlimited waves swell up in the ocean of bhāva of the vrajaramaṇīs, who are endowed with mahābhāva, and while attending to their household duties, such as cleaning, smearing cow dung over the floor and churning yoghurt, they are always absorbed in remembering Śrī Kṛṣṇa’s different pastimes. The vraja-ramaṇīs’ hearts and senses become His dedicated followers, and their minds become imprisoned within His heart. Seeing their activities, Kṛṣṇa Himself becomes astonished, what to speak of others.

Śrī Kṛṣṇa is extremely attached to the gopīs. He prays to them in various ways, He spends much time trying to appease their māna, and He waits at the gate of a kuñja for permission to enter. At that time, the gopīs also feel content and successful. They drink the splendour of His beauty and thus become motionless like statues.

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