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Distinguished Cowherd Girl

 

Ramananda Raya then explained a shloka from the Padma Purana:

 

yatha radha priya vishnos

tasyah kundam priyam tatha

sarva-gopishu saivaika

vishnor atyanta-vallabha

 

“Shrimati Radharani is the most beloved cowherd girl of Shri Krishna. Not only Shrimati Radharani, but the lake known as Shri Radha-kunda is as dear to Shri Krishna as Shrimati Radharani Herself.”

Ramananda Raya then quoted another shloka from Shrimad-Bhagavatam (10.30.28):

 

anayaradhito nunam

bhagavan harir ishvarah

yan no vihaya govindah

prito yam anayad rahah

 

“My dear friends, the cowherd girl who has just been taken in privacy by Shri Krishna, leaving us all aside, must have rendered more valuable service to Him than ourselves.”

Shri Radha is the specific name of the distinguished cowherd girl who has rendered the most obliging services to Shri Krishna. On hearing these two statements by Ramananda, Lord Chaitanya felt an ecstasy of His own and said to Ramananda:

 

prabhu kahe—age kaha, shunite pai sukhe

apurvamrita-nadi vahe tomara mukhe

 

“Please continue. I am feeling too much happiness by your mode of explanation. It is something like a transcendental river of bliss flowing from your tongue.” Lord Chaitanya added:

 

curi kari’ radhake nila gopi-ganera dare

anyapeksha haile premera gadhata na sphure

 

“Shri Krishna stole away Shrimati Radharani because the nature of love that He had for Her was disturbed in the presence of the other gopis. If Krishna can give up the company of all other gopis for the sake of Shrimati Radharani, I know that He is especially attached to Her love.”

When the transcendental pastime of rasa-lila continued, Shri Krishna thought that in the presence of all the gopis, confidential and secluded love affairs with Shrimati Radharani would not be possible. He thought that in the presence of others the intensity of private love affairs could not be relished. For this reason, Shri Krishna abducted Shrimati Radharani from within the assembly of all the other gopis and became separated from them all.