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Deeper Happiness

 

In the Govinda-lilamrita (10.17), the following description is given:

 

vibhur api sukha-rupah sva-prakasho 'pi bhavah

kshanam api na hi radha-krishnayor ya rite svah

pravahati rasa-pushtim cid-vibhutir iveshah

shrayati na padam asam kah sakhinam rasa-jnah

 

“The transcendental pastimes of Radha and Krishna are as self-effulgent as the Personality of Godhead Himself. Yet as the Almighty Godhead is glorified by His manifestation of diverse energies and potencies, the pastimes of Radha and Krishna are glorified in the association of the sakhis or female friends of Shrimati Radharani.”

The activities of the sakhis are very wonderful. They do not desire any personal enjoyment with Shri Krishna but become happy only by uniting the Divine Couple. By uniting Shrimati Radharani with Shri Krishna, the sakhis enjoy a thousand times more happiness than they would derive by direct contact with Shri Krishna. This is another mystery of the transcendental pastimes of Radha and Krishna.

Shrimati Radharani is the desire creeper embracing the desire tree of Shri Krishna, and the sakhis are the leaves, twigs, and flowers of that desire creeper. So naturally when the desire creeper is watered at the root by the nectarean water of the pastimes of Shri Krishna, the leaves and twigs and flowers of the desire creeper are automatically nourished. The sakhis therefore do not require any separate arrangement for their enjoyment. On the other hand, the happiness of the flowers and leaves is greater than the original creeper. This is explained in the Govinda-lilamrita (10.16):

 

sakhyah shri-radhikaya vraja-

kumuda-vidhor hladini-nama-shakteh

saramsha-prema-vallyah kisalaya-

dala-pushpadi-tulyah sva-tulyah

siktayam krishna-lilamrita-rasa-

nicayair ullasantyam amushyam

jatollasah sva-sekacchata-gunam

adhikam santi yat tan na citram

 

“There is no utility in watering the leaves and flowers of a tree without watering the root of the tree. The leaves and flowers are automatically nourished by watering the root of the tree. Similarly, without the unity of Shrimati Radharani and Shri Krishna, there is no happiness for the sakhis. When Radha and Krishna are united, the happiness of the sakhis is thousands and thousands of times greater than when they are personally associating with Krishna.”