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Folding his palms, Vijaya-kumara asked his spiritual master about sambhoga (enjoyment in meeting).
Gosvami: Shri Krishna's pastimes are of two kinds: 1. prakata (manifested), and 2. aprakata (unmanifested). Th separation from Krishna I described occurs in the prakata pastimes. In Vrndavana Krishna eternally enjoys the rasa dance and other pastimes with the gopis. Therefore, because these pastimes are eternal, Krishna and the gopis are never separated. In the Mathura-mahatmya it is said that Krishna eternally enjoys pastimes the gopas and gopis. There the verb "kridati" (enjoys pastimes), which is in the present tense, affirms that Lord Krishna eternally enjoys pastimes in Vrindavana. Therefore in Goloka or in Vrindavana, in Lord Krishna's aparakata (unmanifested) pastimes, Krishna and the gopis always enjoy together. Krishna never goes to a faraway place. There is no separation. Gazing at each other, embracing, and enjoying many pastimes, Krishna eternally enjoys (sambhoga) with the gopis. This enjoyment (sambhoga) is if two kinds: 1. mukhya (primary) and 2. gauna (secondary).
Vijaya-kumara: What is mukhya-sambhoga?
Gosvami: When Krishna and the gopis enjoy while they are awake, that is called "mukhya-sambhoga". Mukhya-sambhoga is of four kinds. The sambhoga that occurs soon after the purva-raga is called sankshipta (brief). The sambhoga that occurs after jealous anger is called "sankirna" (narrow). The sambhoga that occurs after a nearby pravasa (journey) is called "sampanna" (fortunate). The sambhoga that occurs after a faraway journey is called "samriddhiman". (opulent).
Vijaya-kumara: What is sankshipta-sambhoga?
Gosvami: When fear, shyness, and other like emotions keep the meeting brief, that is called "sankshipta-sambhoga".
Vijaya-kumara: What is sankirna-sambhoga?
Gosvami: When the lovers worry that an unpleasant obstacle may thwart their pastimes, and therefore Their enjoyment becomes like drinking hot sugar-can juice, that is called “sankirna-sambhoga"
Vijaya-kumara: What is sampanna-sambhoga?
Gosvami: When, after a long journey the lover meets His beloved, Their enjoyment is called "sampanna-sambhoga". This sambhoga is of two kinds: 1. agati, and 2. pradhurbhava. An ordinary meeting is called "agati". When the two passionate lovers accidentally and suddenly come face-to-face, that is called "pradurbhava". Pradurbhava brings a great festival of the best transcendental happiness.
Vijaya-kumara: What is samriddhiman sambhoga?
Gosvami: This is when the young lovers have a rare opportunity to see each other. And why not? Because they are under the control of others, this does not always happen. Now that they are free from the control of others, they can enjoy without any obstacles. This is called "samriddhiman sambhoga". This sambhoga is of two kinds: 1. concealed, and 2. openly manifested. I need not describe them now.
Vijaya-kumara: What is gauna-sambhoga?
Gosvami: When one enjoys pastimes with Krishna in a dream, that is called "gauna-sambhoga". These dreams are of two kinds: 1. samanya (general), and 2. vishesha (sepcific). This gauna-sambhoga is of two kinds. When the vyabhicari-bhava sleep is prominent, it is samanya gauna-sambhoga. Vishesha gauna-sambhoga is when one wakens from the dream and sees that the waking reality is exactly the same as the dream. Thus the meeting with Krishna in the waking state is exatly like the meeting with Him in the dream. This rasa is filled with the yearnings of love. The four divisions of sankshipta, sankirna, sampanna, and samriddhiman also exist in gauna-sambhoga.
Vijaya-kumara: Dreams aren't real. How can samriddhiman sambhoga occur in a dream?
Gosvami: In the spiritual world waking and dreaming are the same. Usha and Aniruddha met in a dream. In the same way Krishna and His beloved gopis can meet in Their dreams. Perfected devotees (siddha-bhakta) sometimes have very wonderful dreams, and when they awaken they attain an ornament or something else that they first saw in their dream. These dreams are of two kinds: 1. being awake when one is dreaming, and 2. dreaming when one is awake. The gopis' dreams, which are filled with spiritual love, are in the fifth condition of life, far beyond the yogis' samadhi, which is in the fourth condition of life. Thus the gopis' dreams are not at all like material dreams, which are born from the mode of passion. This means that the gopis' dreams are not material and are not impelled by the material modes of nature. Rather, they are eternal spiritual reality. Therefore Lord Krishna can certainly enjoy wonderful pastimes with the gopis in their dreams.
Vijaya-kumara: Please describe vishesha gauna-sambhoga.
Gosvami: The following are all the vishesha gauna-sambhoga (special situations of meeting): seeing, talking, touching, blocking the path, putting an obstacle on the path, pastimes in a house, pastimes in Vrindavana forest, pastimes in the Yamuna's waters, pastimes in a boat, pastimes of stealing flowers, pastimes at a ghata (the dana-keli pastime), playing hide-and-seek in the forest, drinking madhu nectar, Krishna disguising Himself as a woman, pretending to be asleep, gambling with dice, tugging at garments, kissing, embracing, scratching with fingernails, drinking the nectar of each other's bimba-fruit lips, and enjoying amorous pastimes.
Vijaya-kumara: O master, playful pastimes (lila-vilasa) is one thing, meeting (samprayoga) is another thing. Of the two, which brings the most happiness?
Gosvami: Playful pastimes (lila-vilasa) bring more happiness that meeting (samprayoga).
Vijaya-kumara: With what affectionate names do the gopis address Krishna?
Gosvami: The gopis address Krishna with the following affectionate names: Gokulananda (O bliss of Gokula), Govinda (O pleasure of the cows, land, and senses), Goshthendra-kula-candra (O moon born from the king of Vraja), Praneshvara (O master of our lives), Sundarottamsa (O crown of all handsome men), Nagara-shirmoani (O crest-jewel of amorous heroes), Vrindavana-candra (O moon of Vrindavana), Gokula-raja (O king of Gokula), and Manohara (O enchanter of our hearts). There are many other names also.
Vijaya-kumara: O master, Lord Krishna's pastimes are of two kinds: 1. prakata (manifested), and 2. aprakata (unmanifested). Still, all His pastimes are the same spiritual reality. What are the different kinds of His prakata pastimes in Vraja?
Gosvami: The Lord's prakata pastimes in Vraja are of two kinds: 1. nitya (regular), and 2. naimittika (for some special occasion). The Lord's ashta-kaliya-lila (pastimes in the eight periods of the day) in Vraja are His nitya pastimes. Other pastimes, like His killing Putana and other demons, and His going far away on a journey, are His naimittika pastimes.
Vijaya-kumara: O master, I wish to learn about the Lord's nitya pastimes.
Gosvami: O Vijaya-kumara, would you like to hear the description given by the ancient sages, or would you like to hear the description given by the Six Gosvamis?
Vijaya-kumara: I would like to hear the description given by the ancient sages.
Gosvami: It is said:
nishantah pratah purvahno madhyahnash caparahnakah
sayam pradosha-ratrish ca kalashtau ca yatha-kramam
madhyahno yamini cobhau shan-muhutra-mitau smritau
tri-muhurta-mita jneya nishanta-pramukhah pare
"The eight periods of the day are: 1. the end of night, 2. the early morning, 3. the late morning, 4. midday, 5. the afternoon, 6. sunset, 7. evening, and 8. night. Midday and night last for six muhurtas each. Evening and the other periods last for three muhurtas each."
Two dandas (24 minutes) equal one muhurta (48 minutes). In the Sanat-kumara-samhita, Lord Sadashiva described Lord Krishna's pastimes in these eight periods of the day.
Vijaya-kumara: O master, am I qualified to hear these words of Lord Sadashiva, the spiritual master of the universe?
Gosvami: Please listen. Lord Sadashiva said (Sanat-kumara-samhita 183-188):
tatha tasya priya-janah
ramayanti nijam priyam
"Thinking of Him as their paramour, with hidden love the gopis please their beloved Krishna.
atmanam cintayet tatra
tasam madhye manoramam
prarthitam api krishnena
"One should think of oneself as a beautiful young gopi girl expert in various arts, pleasing to Lord Krishna, reluctant to directly enjoy with Lord Krishna even if He were personally to invite you, . . .
krishnad apy adhikam prema
. . . a follower of Shri Radha, always devoted to Her service, more affectionate to Shri Radha than to Lord Krishna Himself, . . .
. . . every day carefully and affectionately arranging the meeting of Shri Shri Radha-Krishna, and becoming happy to see Them pleased by your service.
ity atmanam vicintyaiva
tatra sevam samacaret
yavat santa maha-nisha
"Thinking of oneself in this way, one should serve Shri Shri Radha-Krishna from the early morning of brahma-muhurta to the end of night."
Vijaya-kumara: What are the pastimes at the end of night?
Gosvami: Shri Vrinda-devi said (Shri Sanat-kumara-samhita 196-201):
madhye vrindavane ramye
"In the middle of beautiful Vrindavana forest, which is decorated with fifty groves, in a grove of kalpa-vriksha trees, in a glittering jewel palace, . . .
nidrito tishthatas talpe
pakshibhir bodhitav api
. . . on a graceful bed, the sleeping, tightly embracing divine couple were awakened by birds following my command.
na manas kurutas talpat
samutthatum manag api
"Their firm embrace broken, the divine couple became unhappy at the thought of Their impending separation. They had no wish to rise even slightly from Their bed.
tatash ca sharika-sanghaih
shukadyair api tau muda
bodhitau vividhair vakyaih
"Awakened by the cheerful words of many parrots and other birds, Shri Shri Radha-Krishna rose from Their bed.
upavishtau tato drishtva
sakhyas talpe mudanvitau
pravishya cakrire sevam
"Seeing that the divine couple had happily risen from bed, the gopis entered and served Them in ways appropriate to that time.
punash ca sharika-vakyair
utthaya tau sva-talpatah
"When the female parrots spoke, the divine couple rose from Their bed. Very anxious, They returned to Their homes."
Vijaya-kumara: What are the pastimes in the early morning?
Gosvami: There it is said (Shri Sanat-kumara-samhita 202-218):
pratash ca bodhito matra
talpad utthaya sa-tvaram
kritva krishno danta-kashtham
"Wakened by His mother in the early morning, Lord Krishna rose from bed. Then He and Balarama brushed Their teeth.
radhapi bodhita vriddha-
"With His mother's permission, Lord Krishna eagerly went to the barn to milk the cows. Then Shri Radha, wakened by the elder gopis, also rose from Her bed.
snana-vedim tato gatva
"Shri Radha rose, brushed Her teeth, anointed Herself with fragrant oils, and then went to the bathing-room, where Lalita and the other gopis bathed Her.
bhusha-griham vrajet tatra
vayasya bhushayanty api
bhushanair vividhair divyair
"Then She went to the decorating-room, where Her friends decorated Her with garlands, scents, oils, and many glittering ornaments.
tatash ca sva-janais tasyah
shvashrum samprarthya yatnatah
paktum ahuyate turnam
sa-sakhi sa yashodaya
"Then, after first speaking to Radha's mother-in-law, Yashoda called Radha and Her friends to cook breakfast for Lord Krishna.
katham ahuyate devi
pakartham sa yashodaya
"Shri Narada said: O goddess, why did Yashoda call Shri Radha to cook when Rohini and so many other expert cooks were present in her home?
durvasasa svayam datto
varas tasyai maharshina
chrutam asin maya pura
"Shri Vrinda said: The great sage Durvasa gave Radha a boon that She would be the best of cooks. This I heard from the mouth of Katyayani.
tvaya yat pacyate devi
bhoktur ayush-karam tatha
"Durvasa said to Radha: O goddess, by my mercy whatever You cook will be more delicious than nectar. It will increase the life of whoever eats it.
ity ahvayati tam nityam
ayushman me bhavet putrah
svadu-lobhat tatha sati
"That is why every day Yashoda calls Radha to cook. Yashoda thinks, "Eager to eat this delicious food, my son will live a very long life."
shvashrush canumodita sapi
gatva pakam karoti ca
"Receiving permission from Her mother-in-law, Radha becomes very happy. Accompanied by a host of friends, She goes to Krishna's home to cook.
krishno 'pi dugdhva gah kashcid
dohayitva janaih parah
agacchati pitur vakyat
sva-griham sakhibhir vritah
"Meanwhile, Lord Krishna milked some cows and had the other boys milk the others. Then, called by His father, He and His friends returned home.
dasaih samsnapito muda
"Then the servants happily massaged Lord Krishna, bathed Him, dressed Him in clean garments, garlanded Him, and anointed His body with sandal paste.
"Then the servants gathered Lord Krishna's hair from His forehead to His neck and tied it in a topknot. They made the moon of the His forehead splendid with tilaka and curling locks of hair.
"They decorated Lord Krishna with armlets and bracelets. They made His hands splendid with jewel rings. They placed a necklace of pearls across His chest and decorated His ears with shark-shaped earrings.
muhur akarito matra
avalambya karam matur
"Again and again called by His mother, Lord Krishna, holding His mother's hand, finally followed Balarama into the breakfast-room.
bhuktva ca vividhannani
matra ca sakhibhir vritah
hasayan vividhair vakyaih
sakhims tair hasitah svayam
"Accompanied by His mother and His friends, Lord Krishna ate a breakfast-feast of many different kinds of foods. He told many jokes, laughing and making His friends laugh.
ittham bhuktva tathacamya
vishramet sevakair dattam
tambulam vibhajann adan
"Then the servants brought betelnuts. After sharing them with His friends and chewing some Himself, Lord Krishna rested for a moment on a splendid bed."
Vijaya-kumara: Please describe the pastimes of the late morning.
Gosvami: It is said (Shri Sanat-kumara-sahita 220-223):
sarvair anugatah pathi
"When, dressed as a cowherd boy, Lord Krishna followed the cows to the pasture, all the people of Vraja affectionately followed Him on the path.
pitaram mataram natva
yatha-yogyam tatha canyan
sannivartya vanam vrajet
"Bowing down before His father and mother, casting sidelong glances at His gopi-beloveds, and dealing appropriately with all the others, Lord Krishna sent them all back. Then He again proceeded to the forest.
vanam pravishya sakhibhih
kriditva ca kshanam tatah
vancayitva ca tan sarvan
dvi-traih priya-sakhair yutah
"Lord Krishna entered the forest, played for a while with His friends, and then slipped away with two or three especially close friends.
sanketakam vrajed dharshat
"Eager to see His beloved, Lord Krishna happily went to meet Her."
Vijaya-kumara: Please describe the pastimes of midday.
Gosvami: It is said (Shri Sanat-kumara-samhita 223-262):
sapi krishne vanam yate
drishtva tam griham agata
When She saw that Lord Krishna had gone to the forest, Shri Radha returned to Her home.
vancayitva gurun yati
Then, on the pretext of gathering flowers and other things for the worship of the sun-god and other purposes, Shri Radha tricks Her superiors and, yearning to meet Her beloved, goes to the forest.
ittham tau bahu-yatnena
militva sva-ganair vritah
viharair vividhais tatra
vane vikridito muda
"Finally meeting after a great effort, the divine couple enjoy many happy pastimes in the forest with Their associates.
sakhibhir dolitau kvacit
kvacid venum kara-srastam
priyaya coritam harih
"Sometimes Radha and Krishna enjoy pastimes on a swing hanging from a tree branch and pushed by the gopis. Sometimes Radha steals the flute from Lord Krishna's hand.
hasito bahudha tabhir
hrita-sva iva tishthati
"Sometimes the gopis hid and made Him search after them. Sometimes they teased and scolded Him. Sometimes they joked with Him and made Him laugh. In these ways they charmed Lord Krishna and stole His heart.
vana-khandam kvacin muda
sakhyo 'py evam vishincanti
tash ca tau sincatah punah
"Sometimes Lord Krishna happily enters the forest in the beautiful springtime and with a sprinkler sprinkles the gopis with water mixed with sandal, kunkuma, and other colorful scents. The gopis respond by sprinkling Him. Then Radha and Krishna sprinkle each other again and again.
viharaih sa-ganau dvija
"O brahmana, in the forest groves the divine couple enjoy many different pastimes with Their associates, pastimes appropriate to the different times and seasons.
shranto kvacid vriksha-mulam
"O best of sages, sometimes They become tired. Then, sitting on a splendid throne under a tree, They drink nectar.
mithah panim samalambya
"Intoxicated by drinking nectar, their eyes become closed with sleepiness. Holding hands, They are attacked by Kamadeva's arrows.
riramsu vishatah kunjam
tato vikridatas tatra
karini yuthapau yatha
"Desiring to enjoy, They place Their lotus feet in a forest grove. There They enjoy pastimes like two regal elephants.
sakhyo 'pi madhubhir matta
sarva eva vililyare
"Intoxicated by drinking nectar, and their eyes closed with sleepiness, the gopis entered the nearby forest groves.
prithag ekena vapusha
krishno 'pi yugapad vibhuh
sarvasam sannidhim gacchet
priyanam parito muhuh
"Expanding into many forms, all-powerful Lord Krishna approached each gopi individually.
ramayitva ca tah sarvah
karinir gaja-rad iva
priyaya ca tatha tabhih
"As an elephant king enjoys with His many wives, so Lord Krishna enjoyed with the gopis. Then Lord Krishna, His beloved Radha, and all the gopis entered a lake.
aishvaryasya prakasho 'bhud
"Shri Narada said: O Vrinda-devi, if His pastimes of sweetness are like this, then when does Lord Krishna manifest His pastimes of opulence? Please cut apart my doubt.
lila-shaktir harer dridha
taya prithak kritah krided
"Shri Vrinda said: O sage, the powerful potency of the pastimes of sweetness is one of Lord Hari's potencies. With that potency Lord Hari enjoys pastimes with the gopis.
radhaya saha rupena
nijena ramate svayam
shaktir naishataya hareh
"When in His original form Lord Krishna enjoys pastimes with Shri Radha, He manifests the potency of His pastimes of sweetness. At that time He does not manifest the potency of His pastimes of opulence.
jala-sekair mithas tatra
kriditva sa-ganau tatah
bhushanair api bhushitau
"Accompanied by Their gopi friends, the divine couple enjoy pastimes of splashing each other in the water. Then They are decorated with splendid garments, ornaments, garlands, and sandal paste.
kalpitani mayaiva hi
"Then, in a jewel cottage by the lakeshore, the divine couple eat a snack of delicious fruits and roots carefully prepared by me.
haris tu prathamam bhuktva
dvi-trabhih sevito gacchec
"After Their snack, Lord Hari and His beloved recline on a couch of flowers. There two or three gopis serve Them.
sevyamano bhrisham tabhih
moditah presayim smaran
"Served by the gopis who offer Him betelnuts, fan Him, and massage His feet, Lord Krishna, His thoughts fixed on His beloved, becomes filled with happiness.
shri-radhapi harau supte
ucchishtam bubhuje tatah
"As Lord Krishna slept, Shri Radha and Her associates happily ate the remnants of His meal.
kincid eva tato bhuktva
"After eating, Shri Radha went to the bed to gaze on Her beloved's lotus face as a cakori bird gazes at the moon.
tambulany api cashnati
"The gopis there gave Her the remnants of betelnuts chewed by Lord Krishna. Some She chewed and some She gave to Her friends.
krishno 'pi tasam shushrushuh
vinidro 'pi patavritah
"Eager to hear what the gopis said, Lord Krishna only pretended to be asleep as He lay under the covers.
tash ca kshvelim kshanam kritva
vyaja-nidram harer jnatva
"As they playfully joked about their beloved Hari they could gradually understand that He was only pretending to sleep.
vimrishya vadanam drigbhih
pashyantyo 'nyonyam ananam
lina iva lajjaya syuh
kshanam ucur na kincana
"Seeing the signs of wakefulness on Lord Krishna's face, they looked at each other and suddenly became silent out of embarrassment.
kshanad eva tato vastram
sadhu-nidram gato 'siti
hasayantyo hasanti tam
"Suddenly pulling the blanket from His limbs and exclaiming, "My, You must have had a pleasant sleep!", they laughed and make Lord Krishna laugh also.
evam tau vividhair hasai
ramamanau ganaih saha
anubhuya kshanam nidra-
sukham ca muni-sattama
"O best of sages, in this way the divine couple enjoyed a pleant nap and a host of happy joking words.
sa-ganau vishtrte muda
pani-kritya mitho hara-
"Sitting on a splendid throne and surrounded by Their associates, the divine couple gamble at dice, with garlands, kisses, and embraces as the winner's prize.
akshair vikridatah premna
parajito 'pi priyaya
jitam ity avadan mrisha
"Joking with words of love, Radha and Krishna gamble with dice. Defeated by His beloved, Lord Krishna slowly pronounces, "I have lost."
tathaivam taditah krishnah
"Taking the necklace and other prizes, Shri Radha struck Lord Krishna with a lotus flower.
gata-sva iva narada
jito 'smi ca tvaya devi
grihyatam yat pani-kritam
"O Narada, His unhappiness showing on His face, Lord Krishna felt as if He had lost a great treasure. "O goddess, You have defeated Me", He said. "Please take the winner's prize."
cumbanadi maya dattam
ity uktva ca tathacaret
shrotum tad-bhartsanam vacah
"To see Radha's crooked raised eyebrows and hear Her words of rebuke, Lord Krishna declared, "Now I will give You the kiss and the other prizes." Then He gave Her all the prizes.
tatah shari-shukanam ca
shrutva vag-ahavam mithah
nirgacchatas tatah snanad
gantu-kamau griham prati
"Then, hearing the parrots calling, Radha and Krishna bathed and decided to return to Their homes.
krishnah kantam anujnapya
gavam abhimukham vrajet
sa tu surya-griham gacchet
"Taking leave of His beloved, Lord Krishna returns to the cows. Accomopanied by Her friends, Shri Radha goes to the temple of the sun-god.
kiyad duram tato gatva
paravritya harih punah
yati surya-griham prati
"Lord Krishna goes a short distance, disguises Himself as a brahmana, and then goes to the temple of the sun-god.
suryam ca pujayet tatra
tadaiva kalpitair vedaih
"Requested by the gopis, the disguised Krishna worships the sun-god. Lord Krishna then recites a host of imaginary Vedic prayers, prayers made up on the spot and filled with a host of errors.
tatas ta api tam kantam
na viduh svam na caparam
"Finally understanding that this person was their beloved Krishna, the intelligent gopis became plunged in an ocean of bliss. Intoxicated with bliss they did not know who they were or who anyone else was.
viharair vividhair evam
sardham yama-dvayam mune
nitva griham vrajeyus tah
sa ca krishno gavam vrajet
"O sage, in this way the divine couple and Their associates passed six hours enjoying many pastimes. Finally the gopis returned to their homes and Lord Krishna returned to the cows."
Vijaya-kumara: What are the afternoon pastimes?
Gosvami: It is said (Shri Sanat-kumara-samhita 263-270):
sangamya tu sakhin krishno
grihitva gah samantatah
agacchati vrajam karshan
"Meeting with His gopa friends, taking the cows with Him, and attracting everyone with the music of His flute, Lord Krishna returned to Vraja Village.
tato nandadayah sarve
shrutva venu-ravam hareh
drishtva capi nabha-sthalam
"Hearing the sound of Krishna's flute and seeing the sky filled with the dust raised by the cows, King Nanda and all the men, women, and children of Vraja stopped all they were doing and ran to see Krishna.
grihe snatva vibhushita
bhakshyani vividhani ca
kantam drashtum samutsukah
"Shri Radha, bathed and decorated, came, bringing many delicious foods for Her beloved. She and Her friends were all eager to see Krishna.
yatra sarve vrajaukasah
krishno 'py etan samagamya
"On the royal road at the entrance to Vraja Village Lord Krishna met all the people of Vraja one after another.
darshanaih sparshanair vapi
kayikair vacikair api
"He met them with embraces, glances, and smiling glances. He bowed before the elder gopas and He honored them with His words.
rohinim api narada
vinayena priyas tatha
"O Shri Narada, Lord Krishna prostrated His entire body to show respect to His parents and to Rohini-devi. From the corner of His eye He shyly glanced at His gopi beloveds.
evam taish ca yatha yogyam
gavalayam tatha gash ca
"Then, in the ways proper for each, all the people of Vraja worshiped Lord Krishna. Then Lord Krishna took the cows into the barn.
pitribhyam arthito yati
matra saha nijalayam
snatva pitva tatha kincid
gavalayam punar yati
dogdhu-kamo gavam payah
"Requested by His parents, Lord Krishna went home with mother Yashoda. Requested by her, He bathed and then He ate and drank, and then He went to milk the cows."
Vijaya-kumara: What are the sunset pastimes?
Gosvami: It is said (Shri Sanat-kumara-samhita 271-272):
tash ca dugdhva dohayitva
payayitva ca kashcana
pitra sardham griham yati
"After milking some of the cows, having the other gopas milk the other cows, and allowing the calves to also drink some of the milk, Lord Krishna, accompanied by His father and by servants carrying the milk, returned home.
tatrapi matri-vrindaish ca
tat-putraish ca balaih saha
"Then, accompanied by Lord Balarama, the gopa boys, and the boys' mothers, Lord Krishna ate a feast of many different kinds of foods, foods to be chewed, licked, or consumed in other ways."
Vijaya-kumara: What are the evening pastimes?
Gosvami: It is said (Shri Sanat-kumara-samhita 273-277):
tan matuh prarthanat purvam
radhayapi tadaiva hi
"On Mother Yashoda's request, Shri Radha and Her friends had cooked this feast.
shlaghayamsh ca haris tani
bhuktva pitradibhih saha
sabha-griham vrajet taish ca
"After enjoying the feast in the company of His father and the others, Lord Krishna praises in with many words. Then, accompanied by the poets ansd reciters, Lord Krishna goes to the assembly-house.
pakvannani grihitva ya
sakhyas tatra samagatah
bahuni ca punas tani
"Then mother Yashoda gave abundant remnants from the feast to the gopis who had brought it in the first place.
sakhya tatra taya dattam
krishnocchishtam tatha rahah
sarvam tabhih samaniya
"Mother Yashoda gives them the remnants from Lord Krishna's plate. The gopis take it and in a secluded place present it before Shri Radha.
sapi bhuktva sakhi-varga-
sakhibhir mandita tishthed
"Then Shri Radha and Her friends honor Lord Krishna's remnants. Then, to prepare for Her meeting with Lord Krishna, the gopis decorate joyful Radha."
Vijaya-kumara: O master, I yearn to hear the pastimes of night.
Gosvami: Shri Vrinda-devi described them in these words (Shri Sanat-kumara-samhita 278-277):
prasthapyate 'naya kacid
ita eva tatah sakhi
"One of the gopis has already made arrangements for Shri Radha's secret meeting with Lord Krishna by the Yamuna's shore.
vesha yati sakhi-yuta
"Accompanied by Her friends and dressed in garments suitable for a bright or a dark night, Shri Radha goes to a jewel palace in a kalpa-vriksha grove.
krishno 'pi vividham tatra
drishtva kautuhalam tatah
shrutva ca gitakany api
"Meanwhile Lord Krishna saw many festive ceremonies and heard many beautiful poems and songs.
dhana-dhanyadis tamsh ca
janair akarito matra
"Then Lord Krishna pleases the artists and performers with many valuable gifts and then, called by His mother, He goes to bed.
matari prasthitayam tu
bhojayitva tato grihan
"When, after giving Him a nightime snack, mother Yashoda left the bedroom, unseen by anyone, Lord Krishna left His home and went to meet His beloved.
militva tav ubhav atra
viharair vividhai rasa-
"Meeting in the forest groves, Shri Shri Radha and Krishna enjoy singing, dancing, and many other pastimes.
ratrer evam viharatah
sushupsur vishet kunjam
"After enjoying pastimes for seven and a half hours of the night, Lord Krishna becomes sleepy. Accompanied by five or six gopis and unseen by the others, He enters another forest.
"Served by Their dear gopi friends, the divine couple sleeps there on a beautiful pastime-bed made of unstemmed flowers.
O Vijaya-kumara, These are the ashta-kaliya pastimes. They have all the samagris (ingredients) of the rasas. All these pastimes have been described in the books of the ancient sages. In every time, place, and situation, you should meditate on these pastimes and engage in devotional service.
Hearing these pastimes, the learned pandita Vijaya-kumara became plunged into the nectar of ecstatic love. Streams of tears flowed from his eyes. The hairs of his body stood up. He spoke one or two broken words in a choked voice. He fell before Shri Gopala-guru's Gosvami's feet, offering obeisances for a long time. Then he rose up and slowly walked home. Day and night these words about the rasas stayed in his heart.