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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Daṇḍātmikā Smaraṇa now in English

I found this schedule of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa's eternal pastimes in the English edition of Siddha Kṛṣṇa dās Bābājī's Bhāvana Sāra Saṅgraha, translated by Bhānu Swāmī. Such schedules go around within the Bābājī-community, but is not part of the Bengali edition of the Bhāvana Sāra Saṅgraha, so it is a bit of a mystery to me where Bhānu Swāmī has this from. He might have even compiled it himself. It is often called daṇḍātmika smaraṇa. It is interesting to note that, according to this schedule, Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa hardly sleep at all, either at night or in the daytime. Their schedule is too full for that.

Period One - Pastimes at the End of Night (3:36 a.m.—6:00 a.m.) Niśānta-līlā
3:36 a.m.—4:24 a.m.
The sakhīs' morning services
The birds awaken Rādhā-Mādhava
The pleasure fatigue
Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa's sweet fatigue

4:24 a.m.—5:36 a.m.
Manjaris' services and Kṛṣṇa's agitation
Female parrots speak to Rādhā
The male parrots speak to Kṛṣṇa
The sakhis' joy in seeing Rādhā; the pleasure bed

5:36 a.m.—6:00 a.m.
Forgetting to go home and Kakkhati's poetry
Rādhā's lamentation and sleeping

Period Two - Morning Pastimes (6:00 a.m.—8:24 a.m.) Prātaḥ-līlā
6:00 a.m.—6:24 a.m.
The mañjarīs activities and Rādhā's abode
Performing services for Rādhā
Dawn and arrival of Mukharā
Rādhā awakens
Talks with Śyāmalā Sakhī
Mādhurikā describes Kṛṣṇa's waking and milking cows
Milking the cows
Rādhā's condition; Śyāmalā's departure
Rādhā brushes Her teeth
Kalāvatī narrates Kṛṣṇa's cow-milking pastime

6:24 a.m.—6:48 a.m.
Rādhā's bath and dressing

6:48 a.m.—7:36 a.m.
Hiraṇyāṅgī Sakhī describes Kṛṣṇa's wrestling match
Kṛṣṇa's dress; ornaments
Kundalatā takes Rādhā to Nanda's house
Joking with the sakhīs
Tuṅgavidyā describes Nandīśvara
Seeing Kṛṣṇa at the entrance gate
Rādhā meets Yaśodā
Yaśodā's cooking instructions
Rādhā and Rohiṇī cook
Yaśodā inspects the preparations

7:16 a.m.—8:24 a.m.
Serving and eating
The breakfast joking
Kṛṣṇa loses His appetite upon seeing Rādhā
The sakhīs eat

Period Three - Forenoon Pastimes (8:24 a.m.-—10:48 a.m.) Pūrvāhna-līlā

8:24 a.m.—9:12 a.m.
Kṛṣṇa's dressing; meeting His friends
Service items for forest playing
The gopis' responses to Kṛṣṇa's leaving
Going to the forest
Yaśodā instructs Kṛṣṇa
Bidding farewell to the Vrajavāsīs
Rādhā's plans to meet Kṛṣṇa

9:12 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
Description of Kṛṣṇa and His friends
The Vṛndāvana forest and the boy's sports
The forest welcomes Kṛṣṇa
Kṛṣṇa sees Rādhā everywhere
Dhaniṣṭhā's news; Kṛṣṇa's water sports
Picnic ; Kusuma Sarovara meeting
Tulasī brings news of Rādhā
Śaibyā Sakhī deceived

10:00 a.m.—10:48 a.m.
Rupa-manjarl describes Rādhā's anguish
Rādhā goes to Rādhā-kunda
Description of Lalitananda-dā Kuñja
Period Four Midday Pastimes

Period four - Midday pastimes - Madhyahna-lila (10:48 a.m.—3:36 p.m.)
10:48 a.m.—11:12 a.m.
Rādhā's attraction to Kṛṣṇa
Power of Kṛṣṇa's flute
Tulasī-mañjarī brings news of Kṛṣṇa
Dhaniṣṭhā describes the beauty of spring
The love journey to Kṛṣṇa
Kṛṣṇa sends Vṛndā to bring Rādhā
Rādhā, Vṛndā and Kundalatā's discussion
Rādhā-Govinda's mutual vision
Kṛṣṇa's joy on meeting Rādhā

11:12 a.m.—11:36 a.m.
Conversations while picking flowers
Rādhā's ownership of the forest
A clever conversation
Kṛṣṇa embraces Rādhā
Lalitā jokes with Kṛṣṇa

11:36 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Flute-stealing pastimes
Kṛṣṇa enters Rādhā's bower

12:00 p.m.—12:24 p.m.
Description of Rādhā

12:24 p.m.—1:12 p.m.
Service of the six seasons
Beauty of Vṛndāvana
Service of the creepers
Rādhā's pretense of anger
The Spring Forest

1:12 p.m.—1:36 p.m.
Spring festival of Holi
Summer forest pastimes
Entering the monsoon forest
Swing pastimes
The autumn forest
The winter forest
The dewy season forest
Rādhā transformations in prema
Pastimes of drinking mādhvīka nectar

1:36 p.m.—2:00 p.m.
Sleeping pastimes
Talks about Rādhā's intimacy

2:00 p.m.—2:24 p.m.
Divine water-sports in Rādhā-kuṇḍa
Dressing at the lotus pavilion
Forest lunch

2:24 p.m.—2:48 p.m.
The parrots glorify Kṛṣṇa's beautiful form

2:48 p.m.—3:12 p.m.
Parrots describe Kṛṣṇa's divine qualities

3:12 p.m.—3:36 p.m.
The sakhis praise Rādhā's elegant form
The female parrot describe the sakhīs
The gambling match
Sungod worship

Period five - Afternoon Pastimes ( 3.36 -6:00 p.m.) Aparāhna-līlā
3.36-. 4:00 p.m.
Candanakalā Sakhī relieves Rādhā

4.00 pm.—4:24 p.m.
Rādhā cooks Kṛṣṇa's favorite five sweets

4:24 p.m.—4:48 p.m.
Rādhā praises Kṛṣṇa's flute

4:48 p.m.—6:00 p.m.
The sakhīs receive the returning Kṛṣṇa
The meeting of Rādhā-Mādhava

Period Six - Dusk Pastimes (6:00 p.m.—8:24 p.m.) Sāyāhna-līlā
6:00 p.m.—6:24 p.m.
The attractive features of Kṛṣṇa
Tulasī relieves Rādhā
Yaśodā's motherly affection for Kṛṣṇa

6:24 p.m.—6:48 p.m.
Kṛṣṇa's bath
Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma's meal

6:48—8:24 p.m.
Kṛṣṇa milks the cows

Period Seven - Evening Pastimes (8:24 p.m.—10:48 p.m.) Pradoṣa-līlā
8:24 p.m.—8:48 p.m.
Induprabhā Sakhī brings Rādhā news of Kṛṣṇa
Kṛṣṇa's sleeping chamber
Kṛṣṇa describes Rādhā's beauty
Subala describes Rādhā's separation
Nanda entertains Kṛṣṇa

8:48 p.m.—10:00 p.m.
Kṛṣṇa goes to His bedroom
Rādhā's evening meal

10:00 p.m.—10:24 p.m.
Kṛṣṇa goes to meet Rādhā
Rādhā describes Kṛṣṇa's beauty
Lalitā comforts Rādhā and their departure
Description of Govinda-sthalī

10:24 p.m.—10:48 p.m.
Meeting Kṛṣṇa
Kṛṣṇa searches for Rādhā

Period Eight - Midnight Pastimes (10:48 p.m.—3:36 a.m.) Niśā-līlā

10:48 p.m.—11:12 p.m.
Vṛndā serves Rādhā-Madhava
Pastimes in the forest
Glory of the forest

11:12 p.m.—1:12 a.m.
The Rāsa dance begins

1:12 a.m.—1:36 a.m.
Rest and more dancing

1:36 a.m.—2:00 a.m.
Drinking party
Rādhā-Mādhava's intimate pastimes
Pastimes with other gopīs

2:00 a.m.—2:24 a.m.
Water pastimes

2:24 a.m.—2:48 a.m.
Dressing, eating and resting

2:48 a.m.—3:12 a.m.
The mañjarīs serve Rādhā-Mādhava

3:12 a.m.—3:36 a.m.
Rādhā-Mādhava's confidential pastimes
Mādhava enjoys the other gopīs


  1. "Female parrots"

    Is the "sarika" a female parrot or a female mynah bird? I think it's the latter. Though they're not quite as pretty to look at as the parrots, their songs are really exquisite!

  2. Yes indeed, Visakhe. I checked the Sanskrit dictionary, it said for zArikA:

    f. a kind of bird ( commonly called Maina, either the Gracula Religiosa or the Turdus Salica, also written sārikā, q.v. )

    I will study it further and perhaps make an appendix-blog to this one.