Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu

by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī | 180,912 words

The English translation of the Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu verse 2.4.243; a medieval era Sanskrit book, written by Rupa Goswami (fl. 15th century) which represents a devotional (bhakti) masterpiece. In this work Goswami describes the nature and different forms of pure love (rasa) as well as various other topics on Vaishnavism and devotion.

aneka-hetujānāṃ, yathā —
parihita-hari-hārā vīkṣya rādhā savitrīṃ
nikaṭa-bhuvi tathāgre tarka-bhāk smera-padmām |
harim api dara-dūre svāminaṃ tatra cāsīn
mahasi vinata-vakra-prasphura-mlāna-vaktrā
||2.4.243||
atra lajjāmarṣa-harṣa-viṣādānāṃ sandhiḥ |

Many bhāvas arising from many causes. In this example there is lajjā
(shame), amarṣa (envy), harṣa (joy) and viṣāda (despair):
“On the occasion of a festival Rādhā, wearing a necklace given by Kṛṣṇa, saw nearby Her mother and in front of her, smiling Padmā. At a distance, She saw Kṛṣṇa and Her husband, Abhimanyu. She hung Her head in shame on seeing Her mother, threw crooked glances at Padmā in hatred. Her face blossomed with joy on seeing Kṛṣṇa and withered on seeing Her husband.”

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