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Siddhi-Lalasa: Hankering for Fulfilment

 

(Song 16)

vrsabhanu-suta- charana-sevane,
ha-iba ye palya-dasi
sri-radhara sukha, satata sadhane,
rahiba ami prayasi [1]

vrsabhanu–of Vrsabhanu; suta–of the daughter; charana–feet; sevane–in the service; ha-iba–I will become; ye–which; palya–to be maintained; dasi (nitya-siddha sakhi-gana asrita)–maidservant (sheltered maidservant of the eternal, spiritual girlfriends of Srimati Radharani); sri-radhara–of Sri Radha; sukha–happiness; satata–always; sadhane–in pursuits; rahiba–will remain; ami–I; prayasi–one who endeavours. [1]

(1) I will become a maintained maidservant engaged in the service of Vrsabhanu Suta's feet and constantly endeavour for Her happiness.

(1) palya-dasi: "A maintained maidservant." Srila Raghunath Das Goswami has described the mood (bhava) of a palya-dasi in his composition Vraja-vilasa-stava (29):

sandra-prema-rasaih pluta priyataya pragalbhyam apta tayoh
prana-prestha-vayasyayor anudinam lilabhisaram kramaih
vaidagdhyena tatha sakhim prati sada manasya siksam rasair
yeyam karayatiha hanta lalita grhnatu sa mam ganaih

Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur has translated this verse in his Jaiva-dharma as follows: "Sri Lalita Devi, steeped in intense divine love and impu­dent as an expression of her affection, makes daily arrangements for the secluded amorous union of her dearly beloved Sri Radha and Sri Krishna. With her cunning, she teaches her dearest girlfriend, Sri Radhika, the art of exhibiting jealous anger (man). May that Lalita Devi accept me within her group of associates; may she accept me as her maintained maidservant (palya-dasi)."

sri-radhara sukhe, krsnera ye sukha,
janiba manete ami
radha-pada chhadi', sri-krsna-sangame,
kabhu na ha-iba kami [2]

sri-radhara–of Sri Radha; sukhe–in the happiness; krsnera–of Sri Krishna; ye–which; sukha–happiness; janiba–I will know; manete–in my heart; ami–I; radha–of Sri Radha; pada–the feet; chhadi'–abandoning; sri-krsna–with Sri Krishna; sangame–for union; kabhu–ever; na–not; ha-iba–I will become; kami–desirous. [2]

(2) I will know within my heart the pleasure that Krishna finds in the pleasure of Sri Radha. I will never abandon Sri Radha's feet and become desirous of direct union with Sri Krishna.

(2) sri radhara sukhe ... kami: "I will never become desirous of direct union with Sri Krishna." This mood of chastity has been explained by Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur in his Jaiva-dharma as follows:

"You are a maidservant of Sri Radhika—Her service alone is your service. If, being sent by Her, you enter into the presence of Krishna in a solitary place and Krishna approaches you amorously, you should not consent to His advances. You are Sri Radhika's maidservant; without Sri Radhika's permission you should not independently serve Krishna. Although you should maintain equal affection for both Radha and Krishna, you should be more eager to engage in the loving service (dasya-prema) of Sri Radhika than the loving service of Sri Krishna. This is known as seva. Your only seva is to engage in Sri Radha's service during all eight periods of the day (asta-kalin)."

sakhi-gana mama parama-suhrt,
yugala-premera guru
tad anuga ha'ye, seviba radhara
charana-kalapa-taru [3]

sakhi–of girlfriends; gana–group; mama–my; parama–supreme; suhrt–the well-wishers; yugala–of the Divine Couple; premera–of divine love; guru–guardians, instructors; tad–of them; anuga–the follower; ha'ye–being; seviba–I will serve; radhara–of Sri Radha; charana–of the feet; kalapa-taru–the wish-fulfilling tree. [3]

(3) Sri Radha's girlfriends are my greatest well-wishers. They are my Gurus who teach me about the Divine Couple's prema. As their follower, I will serve the wish-fulfilling tree of Sri Radha's feet.

(3) sakhi-gana ... kalpa-taru: "Sri Radha's girlfriends are my Gurus ... As their follower, I will serve Sri Radha." This practice of subservience unto Sri Radha's girlfriends has been explained by Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu in his Vraja-vilasa-stava (38):

tambularpana-pada-mardana-payo-danabhisaradibhir
vrndaranya-mahesvarim priyataya yas tosayanti priyah
prana-prestha-sakhi-kulad api kilasankochita bhumikah
keli-bhumisu rupa-manjari-mukhas ta dasikah samsraye

Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur translates this verse as follows in his Jaiva-dharma: "The group of Sri Radhika's maidservants led by Sri Rupa Manjari always please Her by offering Her betel-rolls, massaging Her feet, bringing Her water, arranging for Her secluded amorous unions with Her paramour, Sri Krishna, and by performing other such services with affection. They are by nature more unreserved in their service activities than the prana-prestha-sakhis (Lalita Devi, Visakha Devi, and so forth). I take complete shelter of them (I accept them as my instructing guardians (Siksa-gurus) who guide me in my service activities)."

radha-paksa chhadi' ye-jana se-jana
ye bhave se bhave thake
ami ta' radhika- paksapati sada,
kabhu nahi heri ta'ke [4]

radha–of Sri Radha; paksa–the party; chhadi'–abandoning; ye–which; jana–persons; se–those; jana–persons; ye–which; bhave–nature; se–that; bhave–mood; thake–stay; ami–I; ta'–certainly; radhika–of Sri Radha; paksapati–partial; sada–always; kabhu–ever; nahi–not; heri–I see; ta'ke–to them. [4]

(4) I am always completely partial to Sri Radha's party. I never even look at those who have abandoned Her party, whoever they are, and whatever their nature may be.

(4) radha-paksa ... ta'ke: "I am always completely partial to Sri Radha's party ..." This conviction has been expressed by Srila Raghunath Das Goswami Prabhu in the sixth verse of his Svaniyama-dasakam:

anadrtyodgitam api muni-ganair vainika-mukhaih
pravinam gandharvam api cha nigamais tat-priyatamam
ya ekam govindam bhajati kapati dambhikataya
tad-abhyarne sirne ksanam api na yami vratam idam

"I never, even for a moment, go near the impure vicinity of a conceited charlatan who worships Sri Govinda alone, having disregarded His dearmost beloved Srimati Gandharva, whose super-excellent glories are sung throughout all the scriptures by the great sages headed by the vina player Narad Muni. This is my solemn vow."

Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur expresses the same conviction in the ninth verse of his Svaniyama-dvadasakam:

aradham govindam bhajati nitaram dambhikataya
tad-abhyase kintu ksanam api na yami vratam idam

"I will never, even for a moment, go anywhere near those who, ridden with extreme conceit, worship Sri Govinda without Sri Radha. This is my vow."

 

 

 

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CONTENTS:

· Translator's Note
· In Praise of Saranagati (1)
· In Praise of Saranagati (2)
· Editor's Note
· Sri Laghu-chandrika-bhasya: Mangalacharana
· Sri Laghu-chandrika-bhasya: Preface


Saranagati:


Bhajana-Lalasa (Hankering for Service):


Siddha-Lalasa (Hankering for Fulfilment):


Vijnapti (Prayer of Heartfelt Hankering):


Sri Nama-Mahatmya (The Glories of the Name):



 

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