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Sunday, April 19, 2015

rasika sanga at Rādhākuṇḍa

This spring an aṣṭakāla-līlā seminar was held at Rādhākuṇḍa by Śrī Jayahari Dāsjī - some items may be the realizations of nityadhāma-gata Madanmohan dās Bābā, his śikṣā-guru

The coral trees in Braj are red because they reflect Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa's passionate love, and the trees of Rādhākuṇḍa are watered by the waterfalls of Girirāj, though they are a bit distant in location.

daṇḍātmikā sevā smaraṇa (meditation according to a daṇḍa in the day) does not box the līlā in a 24-minute framework. What is a daṇḍa in paravyoma, after all? One can meditate on a daṇḍa’s līlā for hours!

Items in the spiritual sky look the same as here but have totally different functions. Why, if everything in the spiritual sky is spiritual, are the trees and vines called kalpa-vṛkṣa and kalpa-latā still? They are mentioned as such to remind us that it is not a mundane place but the kingdom of God. Otherwise it will look mundane and fools will imitate the līlās. The Rāsa-līla narration in the Bhāgavat starts with the word bhagavān (10.29.1), to remind us of the same.

Holi is both a daily pastime and occasional pastime, hence it is included in Govinda-līlāmṛta. The flowers in the cinmaya vasanta-vana (transcendental spring-forest) are eternally in a bud, but if you move to the grīṣma-ṛtu-vana (summer forest) they eternally blossom there.

Husbands are needed to cheat with Kṛṣṇa as a lover – why manjarīs need a husband as they don’t have an affair with Kṛṣṇa anyway? All husbands in nitya-līlā are chāyā-rūpa anyway – shadow-forms, not real.

Only the Gauḍīya Sampradāya believes in parakīya bhāva. Manjarī bhāva is so attractive that it attracted even Tungavidyā-sakhī (Prabodhānanda Saraswatī, who wrote elaborately on manjarī-bhāva in his books).

Q – Is there pramāṇa (evidence) that Mahāprabhu personally bestowed mañjarī-bhāva?
A – A generous king does not personally distribute charity, but has his personnel to do that. Similarly, Mahāprabhu did not personally bestow mañjarī-bhāva, but had His followers, Rūpa-Raghunātha, to distribute it. He also spent 16 years in Puri with Raghunāth Dās Goswāmī and gave him the service of Giridhārī.

About the mysterious vidaṁśa-snacks that are taken during madhupāna-līlā (Rādha-Kṛṣṇa’s noon-time wine-drinking pastime) in Govinda-līlāmṛta 14.96 – vi means special [viśeṣa] and daṁśa means bite, so a ‘special bite’. They are chewy, not crunchy snacks, like Namkeen in taste but not in crunchy substance. Their saltiness increases thirst, the thirst causes more wine-consumption and that causes more naśā, intoxication.

The word kuṭṭamitta refers to kuṭīnāti, deceitfulness. Kila kincit means a little of every bhāva, like a massala of emotions. Krṣṇa is sent to all 8 sakhīs’ kuñjas by Rādhikā so He can enjoy Her partial representatives there, but when He returns to Her at the end it is madhureyaṁ samāpayet, the sweets come last, full circle completed.


  1. Dear sir,
    I have a question.. Is there any particular reference to worship of Ganesha in the Gaudiya sampradaya to remove obstacles in the path of bhakti by our Goswamins anywhere in their writings? There is a reference to the worship of Vighnesha in the Hari bhakti vilas before worship of the Lord quoting from the Varaha puran which describes 32 offences in the worship of the Lord... I am doubtful if this is the son of Shiva.. Also in bhagavata(11.27.29) there is reference to the worship of Vinayaka alongwith Durga,Vyasa and Vishwaksena facing the deity of the lord... I guess Jiva goswami comments on this verse quoting the Padma purana verse "satyAcyutAnanta durga visvaksena gajananam sarve pare dhamni...."
    He identifies all these personalities as Nitya parshadas of the Lord. Even Srivaishnavas believe that there is a elephant headed Nitya parshada called Gajanana who is an associate of Sri Vishvaksena and who is different from Shiva's son Ganesha...
    So do our acharyas agree with the Ramanujites on the idea of Gajanana being a parshada in Vaikuntha and if the vinayaka in bhagavata and vighnesha in Hari bhakti vilas is this personality or is it Ganesha,the son of Shiva

  2. Niladriji, sorry I do not know the answer to your question but if you can find the answer from a senior Gaudīya Vaiṣṇava then please share that answer with us here in this comment box. Thank you!

  3. Can you suggest me whom should I ask? Well practically do Gaudiya vaishnavas pray to Ganapati before Radha Krishna archana?

  4. Such questions do not really lie at the core of the Gaudiya Vaiṣṇavas' concern so I do not know if many scholars in our sampradāya would know the answer. I personally have a small Ganesh deity on my altar, but only because someone gave it to me for my 35th birthday. You could try asking Pandit Satyanarayan Dasji.

  5. What does "spiritual sky" mean? What is the Sanskrit word for "spiritual sky."

  6. Spiritual sky means the non-material world, where there is no death and sorrow and where life centers around God. Sanskrit word is paravyoma. para = upper or other, and vyoma = sky.

  7. Thx for ref. to vidaMza. Noticed it in GLA 23.51, where it says Krishna vidaMza like smiles are vidaMza. What are the two meanings here?

    pratyaṅganā-yugala-madhyam asau sva-śaktyā
    kṛṣṇaḥ sphuraṁs tad-adharāmṛta-vāsitāni |
    hāsair vidaṁśa-sadṛśair api tair vidaṁśais
    tāḥ pāyayann apibad eṣa madhūni tāni ||51||

    HDS says, "bites." Not in dictionary, but makes sense. His bites were like appetizers. What did you have?

  8. daṁśa means biting, yes. 'Bites' is a good translation. Special bite.